Paris is a fairly large city and the city which is made of over 20 districts has so many treasures and amazing scenes to offer. Many who go to Paris already know where to find the Eiffel Tower, what bus to take to get to a certain district and how much time to spend to walk to a certain landmark. Google Maps and other interactive smart phone apps have actually made traveling easier but if you want to make your Paris more memorable, why don’t you leave all your maps and apps in your luggage and simply, get lost.
Dare to do what no other tourist has done before: leave your travel guides behind and face Paris boldly without a map.
1. Learn time management.
Before you start with your trek, you need to prepare a few things: make sure to bring a watch with you or set your smart phone to alert you a few hours before it gets too dark. Set a curfew for yourself so you don’t spend the entire night walking around in, heaven forbid, an unsafe location. Paris is generally safe as a city but who knows who you’ll meet in the city and what their intentions are.
Getting lost in Paris simply means going around the city without a specific destination in mind and without the assistance of a travel guide so you get to see the city in a way that’s never been seen before. Getting lost in Paris doesn’t mean losing your sense of time though, so make sure to set a curfew for yourself and stick with that schedule.
2. See Paris differently.
Tourists who come to Paris with a travel guide pretty much know what to expect. The travel guide is making their trip easy for them, but if you had gone to Paris without any help from a map or guide, you will see Paris in a very different way. To locals, Paris is a mega-city where culture and commerce meet and mix harmoniously. To tourists, Paris is a city where you can find beautiful sights and sceneries, but to a lost tourist, Paris is a large strange place with so much to offer and so many treasures to share, but first, you have to find out where these treasures are.
Make your trip to Paris a personal experience and get to know Paris in a very honest way.
3. Know landmarks and tourist attractions faster.
Without a map, you will have to rely heavily on landmarks to find out where you are and where to go next. It would be a very exciting experience to see Paris without any guide and if you want to remember streets and landmarks faster, do so without a map.
4. Learn to speak to the locals.
A map is often used to show you directions but what do you do if you don’t have one? You will have to leave all your inhibitions behind and learn to converse with locals. Simply put, you will have to ask around. You will need to ask where you are and how to get to a certain location; most importantly, you will have to do all these to find out how to get back to your apartment.
5. Discover streets and locations rarely mentioned in travel guides.
The best thing about getting lost in Paris is that you get to discover streets and locations that are rarely mentioned in travel guides. On your trek, you might stumble upon unusual museums, statues and structures. For example, there are several copies of the Statue of Liberty throughout Paris, there’s one near the Grenelle bridge, Pont de l’Alma, and Musee des Arts et Metiers. Where are these places? You’ll have to find out for yourself.