France Travel, Backpacking & Gap Year Guide

France Travel, Backpacking & Gap Year Guide

France is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world and it is easy to see why. Expect tasty cuisine, a rich history and world famous sights. Get information, advice and inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to travel, go backpacking or take a gap year in France.

 

France Travel Ideas, Backpacking Trips & Gap Year Programs

Travel to France

France is one of the world’s leading cultural centers and there are thousands of attractions. There are so many reasons to visit this incredible country, you won't be dissapointed.

What is not to love about France, great food, a historic culture, famous sights and also lots of beautiful places to see. There are lots of different experiences available, from city sightseeing, seeing the alps, participating in adventure sports, exploring the countryside or going in search of the best beach. 

Our destination guide aims to give you all the information you need to have an amazing experience in this amazing country. Find affordable travel and backpacking ideas with advice for amazing things to do and how you can be more than just your average traveller. You can also get recommendations for budget travel tips, where to stay and advice how to stay safe.

Get inspired to visit France today!

  • Capital: Paris
  • Currency: Euro
  • International Calling Code: +66
  • Tourist Visa: On arrival for most nationalities
  • Area: 644,000 km2
  • Population: 65,000,000 (approx)

 

How to Get to France

France is very easy and also relatively inexpensive to get to because of the amount of transport links available. There are international airports in Paris and other areas of the country where you can fly to from worldwide destinations. There is also the option to enter the country via rail and bus routes which are connected to most of Europe.

 

Best Time to Visit

France has mild temperature throughout the year, which is neither too hot nor too cold, with regular rainfall. Each region in the country has a different climate - cooler to the north and west and warmer in the south. In winters there is plenty of snow. Summers are hot, with the sun shining across the country. Average temperatures in winter are around 8°C to 3°C. In summers, it is 15°C to 25°C. There really is no best time when to go to France, summer is a great time for tourism due to the warm but there are lots of options for all year round. 

 

Top Places to Visit in France

France has so many different places to see, here are some of the best places to check out:

  • Paris
  • Marseille
  • Lyon
  • Strasbourg
  • Nice
  • Biarritz
  • Bordeaux
  • French Riviera
  • Mont Saint Michel
  • Loire Valley

 

Travelling & Backpacking in France

If you would like to go travelling in France and need advice these tips should help:

Accommodation:
If you are travelling solo consider staying in hostels rather than hotels which are cheaper. Expect to pay around 15-25 Euros per night dor a dorm bed. Hotel prices can vary but are generally around 50-100 Euros per night. Paris is extremely expensive compared to other cities in the country, everywhere outside of Paris is cheaper.

Transport & Getting Around:
If you would like to travel independently public bus is the best way to travel across the country on a budget. If you would like to see more of Europe then consider buying an interrail pass.

Budget & Costs:
A suggested daily budget would be around 50 Euros but this really depends on your choice of accommodation and how many activities you would like to do.

Food & Eating Out:
Restaurants in France can be very expensive, you might want to buy food at local markets or supermarkets instead if you on a budget.

Health & Safety:
Are you wondering if France still a safe country to visit with recent terrorism incidents? Don't let terrorism put you off visiting France as the majority of tourists encounter little problems. You will find local people more friendly than you imagine especially when they know you are a tourist. If you are from outside of the EU you might want to buy travel insurance before departing though especially if you are planning on doing any adventure sports like skiing in winter. If you are a citizen from within the EU and have a heatlh card then you will be covered for any medical emergency. You might want to pack a small medical aid kit just to be on the safe side.

 

Gap Year in France

If you are looking for the best things to do on a gap year in France? Our guide can help you book the ultimate experience. There are so many amazing gap year programs in France where you can see world famous sights and enjoy this world famous country.

France is one of the most popular destinations in the world and there are lots of alternative things to do and places to visit if you just want to spend your gap year sightseeing. If you are looking for adventure consider a summer break to the Alps where you can go walking, hiking, kayaking or just take in the stunning surroundings. In the South - Antibes has great beaches and it's likely you will only hear local French accents.

If the idea of staying a little longer in France appeals to you, spend your gap year working here. There are lots of different gap year jobs in Paris and other areas of France during summer and all year round. Some are flexible and require no experience or knowledge of the language whilst other are more fixed and long term. Some positions include working as activity instuctors, teachers, tour leaders or working with children. There are so many great reasons you should consider applying!