Top Destination and Top Price to Match – Paris, France

Top Backpacking Destinations Ranking: 7/10

What can be said about Paris that hasn’t been said a million times? It is an incredible city with an embarrasing amount of things to see and do. There are very few cities in the world that can live up to this place and any opportunity to visit needs to be grasped with both hands.

However, from a backpacking point of view a trip to Paris does raise some questions. It’s location at the heart of Europe, and more importantly its use of the Euro, make it an expensive place to spend even a long weekend, never mind the endless period it takes to fully immerse yourself in Parisien culture. In the search for an ideal backpacking destination this is undoubtedly a drawback, but the amount Paris has to offer far outweighs the potential harm it will have on your piggybank. Whether it is the full tourist experience you’re after or attempting to fade into the background and soak up the atmosphere Paris won‘t let you down. You might want to spend the day wandering around Notre Dame and along the river or just sit in a roadside café and watch the world go by, the choice is yours.

It’s true that Paris holds certain drawbacks for the backpacker on a financial front, but there are always ways to make your stay cheaper, be it staying in cheap hostels or eating sandwiche de fromage every day. Whatever your way out (or maybe you’re lucky enough to have deep pockets!) a stop in Gay Paris will never be regretted, it’s a top destination to be savoured with every second, and one that will leave the traveller struggling to know where they should head next to try and top it.