Mistake #4: Commuting from the suburbs
We occasionally receive e-mails from readers who want advice on staying outside the city. Our reply is simple: "Don't."
Obviously, there are justifiable exceptions for choosing a hotel in the suburbs:
However, if the primary focus of your trip is Paris, then stay in Paris. You'll save money on transportation, you'll avoid unnecessary commuting time, and you'll still be enjoying the city at night when workers and tourists from the suburbs have gone home.
In many countries, suburbs are considered safer and more desirable than the inner city. That isn't true in Paris, where crime rates are higher in some inner-ring suburbs than they are in the 20 arrondissements, and where people who have a choice usually prefer the city center. Our advice: Leave your city-vs.-suburbs preconceptions at home and enjoy Paris as the locals do.
Next page: Mistake #5: Lugging overloaded bags
Durant Imboden is a professional travel writer, book author, and editor who focuses on European cities and transportation.
After 4-1/2 years of covering European travel topics for About.com, Durant and Cheryl Imboden co-founded Europe for Visitors (including Paris for Visitors) in 2001. The site has earned "Best of the Web" honors from Forbes and The Washington Post.
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