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What Not to Do in France

By February 18, 2013

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France is a wonderful country, but if it's your first visit, or even your second or third, there's a lot to know about what and what NOT to do in France. French culture and their way of life is different, quite different from many other European countries. So check out my guide on What NOT to do in France for a few helpful hints.

For instance, don't use a sat nav that identifies speed cameras; you might find yourself minus a car if you get caught - the penalties are very strict.

Don't rush through France to get to your final destination. France is a country that repays meandering down small roads, discovering fortified cities surrounded by medieval stone walls, lanes that lead to beautiful villages, and rivers where you can stop for a picnic on the banks. The country is full of wonderful underrated destinations that make you feel like a local when you discover them.

And don't be afraid to speak French. If nothing else, it will prompt the locals to speak to you in English as you murder their sacred language.

So don't go with the stereotypes and myths about the French; many of them are just that...myths.

What not to do in the rest of the world

Once you know a bit more about your destination life gets much easier.  The About.com honeymoon guide, Susan Breslow Sardone has gathered together some useful links to stories on the subject of what NOT to do around the world. They're all in a blog carnival called Don't Do That. Susan has gathered them from the About.com Travel Channel Guide sites and they make great reading.

The articles are arranged under various headings such as Watch Your Step in Europe, Be Aware in the Americas, Evade Embarrassment in Exotic Places,  Stay Smart on Your Vacation and more.

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