J’adore the French language! And guess what, you don’t have to go to France to speak French! According to NationsOnline.org, French is the official language in Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Monaco, Niger, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Switzerland, Togo, and Vanuatu.
Whaaat? This means that if you’re so over Paris (how, pray tell?), your next vacation destination can be somewhere other than France. This literally opens up a world of opportunity to get some more stamps in your passport and overdose on new cultures.
We can throw in other gorgeous destinations where French and variations of French are also on the get down like St. Barts in the West Indies, French Guiana in South America, and French Polynesia, which is a collection of 118 islands including Tahiti in the South Pacific Ocean.
I don’t know about you, but my soul is itching to get on a plane and see some of these places. I’m a girly-girl and tend to love a five-star hotel nestled on a beach, so I’mma see y’all at the pool, fruity drink in hand! Some places on my list are St. Barts and Tahiti. How about yours?
If you don’t want to leave home (as in the U.S.A.) but still want to take a weekend trip where you won’t have to whip out your passport at all*, remember you can take a stroll through New Orleans! Let your hair down and do a little rendezvous in the French Quarter and beyond.
Two more things, my Francophile friends. Download DuoLingo language app on your phone so’s you can practice French each day. AND reminder: if you’ve ever taken a cab or Uber in New York City or any other big city (or small), you can get a chance to practice your French. If I hear an accent, I always politely ask where the accent is from and sometimes I get lucky with French! By talking to your driver, this is a great way to learn about a country firsthand from a native. Be sure to take advantage of these golden moments to explore culture just by talking to someone, rather than having your nose in your phone for twenty minutes.
*Note to U.S. travelers: You may need a passport for domestic travel now-a-days! Check your state requirements.