Planning the Perfect French Vacation: A Guide

France is renowned across the world for its history, art, culture and overall romantic atmosphere. The beautiful scenery and warm weather make it hugely popular for travelers to visit and, with more than ten percent of the total worldwide incoming tourists arriving each year, it is the most visited country in the world. There’s definitely plenty of reasons to take a trip to France, so here’s a quick guide on what to consider when planning the perfect French vacation.


Where Will You Go?

What are you looking for in your trip to France? A cultural experience? A countryside retreat? Days lounging by the sea? These are the questions you must ask before deciding where in France you want to go. Paris, the capital, is viewed as the most romantic city in the world and therefore is perfect for couples. It has excellent hotels, shopping, and museums, as well as cafes and unique bakeries. Head to the south of France for a chance to explore the beautiful coastline and soak up the sun.


Who Will You Take?

As mentioned above, France is seen as a symbol of romance, so it’s definitely a perfect destination to take someone you love. However, inviting friends and family along or going by yourself can be just as enriching. There is so much to do and see that whoever comes with you will have a fantastic time.


Where Will You Stay?

Depending on what you plan to do on your trip, you’ll want to go to different parts of the country. Find a luxury villa in St Tropez with, for example, and you can bask in the sunshine and enjoy the beach. For city breaks, choose a central hotel or apartment to make traveling easier and cheaper. If you plan on staying somewhere more remote, make sure you have a good idea of what the surrounding area is like before booking.


What Will You Bring?

Packing for a trip to France is difficult, especially if you want to pack light. Seeing as Paris is one of the fashion capitals of the world, it’s tempting to bring every stylish outfit and plenty of accessories to show off for the fashionable crowd. Instead of over-burdening your suitcase with unnecessary items, plan your outfits before you leave and only pack what you truly need. This doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style, just on quantity. You won’t have time to change your outfit three times a day anyway.


How Will You Get Around?

If you’re visiting a city, there will be plenty of transport links such as trains, buses, and taxis to get you from A to B. If you’re further afield, however, it’s worth considering hiring a car for your trip to make getting around easier. Book ahead to ensure availability.


What Will You Do?

There is something for everyone in France, though it tends to be widely dispersed so you’ll probably have to come again in the future if you want to experience everything it has to offer. You can ski in the Alps, enjoy historically significant artwork, eat at the finest restaurants in the world and see some of the most iconic landmarks ever built.

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