Travelling, Backpacking & Gap Years in France
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. Find inspiration and ideas for the best things to do if you would like to travel, go backpacking or take a gap year in France.
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France Travel Guide
France is one of the world’s leading cultural centers and there are thousands of attractions. Get inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to travel, go backpacking or take a gap year in France. You can also view tips and advice on places to see, the best packages, and information on how to save money and visit France on a budget.
- 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.
Travelling & Backpacking in France
What is not to love about France, great food, a historic culture, famous sights and also lots of beautiful places to see. There are so many reasons to visit this incredible country, you won't be dissapointed. 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. If you would like to travel to France, go backpacking or do more than just sightseeing our experiences will appeal to you.
Top Places to Visit in France
France has so many different places to see, here are some of the best places to check out:
- French Riviera
- Mont Saint Michel
- Loire Valley
France Travel Tips
If you would like to visit France and need inspiration or recommendations for how to visit on a budget our tips should help:
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 AAround
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
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. Most people spend gap years working in France due to the amount of positions available but there are plenty of other opportunities available too.
This country 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 why not apply apply to work 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!
Top rated opportunities include:
PGL offer a range of gap year jobs in France for both summer, winter and also all year round. Popular jobs include working as activity instructors, working a winter ski season, tour guide or as an administrator.
If snow is your thing, you could turn a love for ski breaks into a job opportunity by heading to places like Val d’Isere for a 12-week BASI levels 1 & 2 Ski Instructor course. This will not only improve your skiing, giving you a qualification, but you will be eligible for a job at the end of it. If you don’t make the grade, you will be qualified and able to apply for ski instructor jobs anywhere in the world. If you want something more extreme, you could head to the northern most reaches of Europe and learn how to become an alpine guide. You will learn the ins and outs of Ski Mountaineering, Ice Climbing, Ski Touring and the hottest new activity in the mountains: heliskiing.
For adventure, we highly recommend Contiki who offer overland adventures through France and more of Europe.
France is one of the most visited countries in the world with millions of people visiting every year. There are so many places you can go and trips available to book all year round. Summer is one of the most popular periods and you will need to book in advance to secure a place during June - August. On most tours you will travel overland in a private small tour van. Usually travellers of the same sex will share a twin room, but there is also the option to pay a little extra and get a private room. Accommodation can vary depending on the tour and location.
France Small Group Tours
Our tours of France are perfect if you are travelling solo and would like to meet other people and travel in a group. You will get to meet other international travellers and get taken to the best locations in the country like Paris with an experienced guide. Typical group sizes are around 10-18 travellers with an average of 12 but this can vary between the tour and operator.
France Budget Tours
We have a selection of tours for all budgets, so whether you are looking to explore on the cheap or you have a bit more money to spend you will be able to find a trip to match your interests. Our website features lots of cheap tours allowing you to discover the highlights of the country and not break the bank.
Most of our tours specifically cater for the 18-39 age group and are a really popular option due to meeting other people, getting day-to-day activities, hotel check-ins, selected meals, accommodation and also transport/guides included in the price. Don't worry if you are slightly older, most tours accept all ages.
How to Book
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