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.