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1. Posted by oicicup (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

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How popular is it to have teenage girls travel together in France? Is this idea whack? Am I, or are we, asking for trouble?

2. Posted by nads83 (Budding Member 29 posts) 10y

Hey oicicup,
I think it's pretty common for two girls to travel together. I went to Paris for just over a week last summer with my best friend. I was 21 at the time and she was 20 and we both look kind of young for our age. We shared a room at the hotel we stayed at and nobody seemed to find that weird. I had an awesome time in Paris. We had a few weird guys approach us but I think, unfortunately, stuff like that happens to young women anywhere. For the most part everyone was cool although we did have a weird experience with some men on the metro, this was actually on our last day in Paris and stuff like that definitely was not the norm. Me and my friend had a great time though, everyone was super friendly to us. we had people going out of their way to give us directions and to show us where to go. There's a few kind of mean stereotypes about Parisians but honestly don't believe any of them, I think with travelling you get what you put into it. If you have an open mind and are friendly and polite to people, they tend to treat you the same way.
anyway feel free to ask me any questions, I've only been to Paris, unfortunately I didn't get a chance to travel around the rest of France.
I guess that will have to be my next trip
talk to you later
Nadia

3. Posted by Odysseas (Full Member 1359 posts) 10y

Don't worry!!!There's nothing weird in two girls travellingtogether.Of course,as anywhere in the world you should be careful,not hang around at midnight in the bad getthos and avoid some places...
But france is correct about that,don't worry,you'll have no problem.

Enjoy! ;)

4. Posted by BjornParee (Full Member 150 posts) 10y

Quoting Odysseas

Don't worry!!!There's nothing weird in two girls travellingtogether.Of course,as anywhere in the world you should be careful,not hang around at midnight in the bad getthos and avoid some places...
But france is correct about that,don't worry,you'll have no problem.

Enjoy! ;)

I total agree !!! Altough I heard some bad news about the suburbs of Paris and Marseille.

5. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 10y

Me and my best friend went all over Europe, then 20 years old, and we didn't have any trouble at all. Just be sensible and have fun!!

6. Posted by oicicup (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

sweet. thanks guys :)

7. Posted by emclean (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

I travelled alone through Italy, Switzerland and France when I was 19. My friend dropped out at the last minute so my family didn't realize this.

I had a great time and met really wonderful people. Ironically, I sometimes ended up hanging out with slightly older girls, which was helpful, since they had already been to Europe before.

Of course, that was eight years ago but I think you'll be fine.

I will give you some advice that I was given that was great to have, though I never really had to use it:

1) Make sure you have your Passport number written down in a couple of places. Just right down the number and not what it means. If you lose or have your Passport stolen, having the number will makes things easier with your Embassy.

2) Get the contact information for your Embassy and/or Consulat.

3) Make sure you and your friend have each other's key information - home phone, parents' names and office numbers, etc.

4) Find out before you go which neighborhoods to avoid. Paris, for example, can be a bit like New York City. It can go from a great neighborhood to a bit dangerous in one block.

5) Be nice and make a point of introducing yourself to the people working in your Hostel or Hotel. Believe me, if you need their help, they'll be more willing to give it if you've treated them kindly before you needed something from them.

Finally, have a GREAT time!!!