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jeje977 Nov 23rd, 2016 04:33 PM

Solo travel France / winter

I'm a 19 years old guy from Québec, Canada, and I'm planning a trip alone in France, possibly at the end of January till mid February 2017. I would like to travel with only a backpack and stay in youth hostels.

I was wondering if anyone ever backpacked in France during winter, and if it's a good idea? If possible, I would like as many advices about what clothing should I bring, if backpacking is a good idea during winter or if I should bring a suitcase, and what would be the minimum amount of money that I would need for this trip? I am not the kind of guy that buys a lot of souvenirs or goes partying much.

I also wish to meet new friends during this trip!

Thank you for your time :)

thursdaysd Nov 23rd, 2016 05:01 PM

Welcome to Fodors. I see you've already posted on the Europe board, which is the right place. But I would just point out that a backpack, unless you are trekking, or traveling a good bit further off the grid than Europe, is just a way of carrying stuff, not a travel style. I used to carry a backpack, these days I travel with a wheeled case. The backpack is easier in train stations that don't have escalators or elevators, the case is easier on most pavement.

jeje977 Nov 25th, 2016 12:06 PM

Hi! Thank you for your answer. The only thing about the suitcase, it's just that I don't feel like carrying it everywhere I go, since I'll never know where I'll be staying and for how long.

thursdaysd Nov 25th, 2016 01:28 PM

If you don't carry the suitcase, you'll carry the backpack. And I am not suggesting carrying a 24+ inch case by the handle, lol, I am suggesting rolling a 20 or 22 inch carry on. I check my 22 inch, but it is carry on size for American planes (not most European). If you can't get your stuff into a 22 inch case, you are taking too much and need to read the threads on packing. How big a backpack were you thinking of taking?

jeje977 Nov 26th, 2016 12:21 PM

I don't know yet! But I do want to bring the minimal amount of things possible. For the clothing, I was thinking about washing it in a laundry room when I would have the chance, so I wouldn't have to bring too much clothes.

thursdaysd Nov 26th, 2016 12:45 PM

I wash mine in the bathroom sink.

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