The French do a lot of things right: Eat croissants without gaining weight, dress with an effortless cool and vacation like they mean it. Summer holidays are essential in France, particularly in August when much of the country shuts down to take a break, but that sensibility continues throughout the year, encouraging people to ensure they actually use all their vacation days.
This often means taking two-week vacations and completely unplugging from work emails to ensure no stress. During the summer French people usually keep things close-ish to home, opting to vacation in the countryside of France or in a nearby European destination. It’s all about being relaxed, skipping the jet lag and hassle of long flights, and keeping things simple. That doesn’t mean that international travel is off the table, though. Here, 11 places to travel that have the French seal of approval.