The Scots will see their 16-year wait for a victory at Cardiff go on at least another two years longer after their 34-7 defeat at the hands of the Welsh in the Six Nations opener on Saturday.
Townsend knows his side must improve on their travels but for the moment the focus is on getting a win over the French this weekend, with Les Bleus looking for revenge after a 29-18 defeat at the hands of the Scots on their last trip to Murrayfield.
'We've got to find solutions when we go to Dublin and Rome, two very tough places to win,' he said.
'Our focus over the next two games is playing at home and making sure that we put in a performance that makes our supporters proud. If that gets us two wins then brilliant, but we've got to make sure we perform much better, first of all.'