Gap Years and Backpacking in France

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Gap Years in France

Ah, Français, je t'aime! The land of love, fine dining, and questionable driving holds a top spot on any list of must-see countries in Europe, and you'd be remiss to ignore it.

The main event is Paris, a capital city so fine that it gives Japanese tourists a syndrome as a leaving present. It's almost impossible not to fall in love with world famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Louvre, one of the world's largest museums. Then there's the bouncing nightlife, unparallelled restaurants, and world-beating cultural attractions. Few cities are more worthy of the 'something for everyone' stereotype.  

There's plenty to do outside the capital, too, with the Mediterranean glow of Marseille, the glitz and glamour of the French Riviera, and the otherworldly medieval stack of Mont Saint-Michel. There's skiing in the Alps during the winter, and mile after mile of bucolic countryside if you fancy something more gentle. 

Although you could easily spend your entire trip in France, many who go backpacking in Europe do so by InterRailing, the French cities acting as welcoming hubs before you head elsewhere. This is a fantastic way to see France on your gap year - just be sure to make the most of your time there.

Backpacking in France

Backpacker Tours

Backpacker Tours

InterRail Passes

InterRail Passes

Multi-Country Trips

Multi-Country Trips

Accommodation

Accommodation

Jobs

Make Money the French Way

A great way to experience the Gallic lifestyle is to take a job or volunteering placement in France during your stay. This way you can extend your time there, live like a local, and maybe make a little money in the process. You could spend your gap year teaching English in a rural French school, walking the halls of the famous Sorbonne like a scholar of old, or keep it simple and brush up on your catering skills. Whatever you decide, we're bound to have something to get you started.

Jobs and volunteering in France

European Jobs

European Jobs

Languages

Languages

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Work Experience

Work Experience

Advice and inspiration

Get Inspired and Get Out There

As this page makes abundantly clear, there's rather a lot of things to do in France. If you're feeling a bit confused or unsure, we have you covered. Short on time? Click on any of the categories to the left for quick fix advice on what you need. If you have a bit more time, here's a selection of articles written by French aficionados who have been there, done that, and would definitely love to do it again (but probably need a break from all that cheese).

Articles about France

Teaching English

Teaching English

How to Survive a Ski Season

How to Survive a Ski Season

Travel Tips

Travel Tips

Food

Food

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