In preparation to flying to France with the boyf, we decided to take out a couple of reading materials to ensure we’re a little prepared for our trip rather than standing in the middle of Paris not knowing where to turn. (You can tell we’re new to this).
The first thing Jonny decided to get was the Lonely Planet travel guide to Paris full of tips and secrets of Paris including a detailed itinerary of places to visit and things to see.
As well as this we bought a tiny phrase book to help us scrub up on our French-speaking abilities. (Mine are nil, by the way). My attempts at speaking French include shouting and over pronouncing words (such as s’il vous plaît) so much that Jonny is contemplating going on his own to avoid embarrassment.
Another cool source of teaching yourself a language, which I was recommended to try by my friend, Hannah is Duolingo. An interactive site with a gradual program to build up your French vocabulary. Not just French though, there are other languages you can learn:
There is also the option to get a free app from google play or App store.
This is all ever so exciting, however I am so, so nervous to speak French to a genuine Parisian. I’m really going to embarrass myself! >.<
Another thing we are currently figuring out, is the buying of Euros. I read a few articles on cash cards, however that is such a hassle for such a short trip. (The reason we wanted this was so we had a little more insurance if we were to loose it. It’s not like someone will give you money if you lose cash!) After a short chat with my Dad on the phone, who has become quite the seasoned holidayer over the years, he just said to buy Euros in cash and take a card just in case. So that’s what we’re going to do. I was thinking of using TravelMoneyMax.com to buy our cash, and pick it up at the airport. My dad seemed to think this was a fair option, and so I’m trying to repress the anxiety of making a bad decision.
I am aware of hidden costs for with drawing abroad, and I know there is a fee to make a transaction on your card, as well as withdrawing from the bank. This is always something to take into consideration. You CAN withdraw abroad, however it will cost you on credit or debit cards. Not only that, you will also get the daily exchange rate, so that makes it even more important to avoid this.
Anyhoo, that’s it from me!