Hi there! I tend to agree with you that the early modules on RF tend to be travel-centric, and I think you have the right idea about going out and actually talking about everyday things with Francophones. I started doing this a little over three years ago, first through emails with cinephiles, then later through conversation exchanges when my level was higher. It's a great way to take that leap from scripted dialogue to real world conversations.
As a note of encouragement, I will say that I started wih RF about five years ago and finished all the levels about three years ago. Today, I still do exchanges, use tutors to practice conversation (it's a great way to develop vocabulary and refine your oral skills), and have been going to different French cities at least once a year. I can definitely see the progression from one year to another.
For example, on my first trip after finishing RF, I couldn't explain the problem about my airport shuttle not arriving to the hotel staff and I had to explain in English. On my last trip to Strasbourg, I couldn't find the Entzheim Airport option on the SNCF ticket machine, so I went up to the service kiosk, explained the problem, and he explained that those tickets were sold from a different machine. The conversation was entirely in French in normal conversation speed. Later, I ended up having an amusing conversation with a lady who was also stuck at the station when the train took off without ever opening the doors (I don't recommend taking the ~7h20 train from Strasbourg to Sélestat. They seem to "forget" to open the doors at certain stops. :D ). So suffice it to say, it may not seem like you're making progress day to day, but in the long-term, you are. Just keep practicing, vary your routine every now and then to keep from getting bored (music, novels, penpals or chats, tutoring), and you'll keep improving.
Bon courage !