The first trip is always the hardest when traveling abroad because you have no idea what to expect. That is completely understandable, traveling can be a stressful experience to many, but it gets easier. The more you travel, the more comfortable you become at experiencing new things and cultures.

So many questions run through your mind when you are planning to travel internationally for the first time.  

Will I understand the language?

Will I like the food?

How will I get around?

Will I be safe?

These and many more questions may be running through your mind right now, but I’m here to alleviate your concerns. This list of the best places to visit on your first international trip should put you at ease, because these destinations are super tourist friendly.

 

Copenhagen

Copenhagen makes a great first city to visit because the language barrier is non-existent and the food is to die for. Most people in Copenhagen speak fluent English and are accustomed to foreign travelers. The city is also quite walk able, so getting around is a breeze. You can dine at cute little bistros while touring around the city center and canal-lined streets. The city has a very European feel and the architecture is so cute, you’ll fall in love.

A convenient metro can get you to or from the airport in 15 minutes and most travelers rent bicycles to get around like a local.

 

Sydney

If you are traveling to Australia for the first time, Sydney should be your choice. A true metropolitan city, Sydney is a melting pot of cultures and diverse locations. From the urban beaches to beautiful city parks, Sydney is a beautiful city.

Australia is far form the US so plan of some exhausting travel days so its recommended that you make it an extended stay. Sydney is built around its stunning harbor and everywhere you go, it’s the focus. Breathtaking views all around, Sydney would make a great first international trip.

 

Paris

Paris should be on everyone’s list of must visit cities, so it’s no surprise it’s on this list. An incredible tourist friendly city, Paris is built to have visitors. The ample hotels and multitude of fantastic attractions make Paris a favorite of world travelers. The food is second to none, the wine is divine and the atmosphere is palpable. Lover’s city is a great way to describe the romantic feel Paris exudes.

There is so much to do, its tough to see and do all in just one trip. From the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre, Paris has so many iconic attractions that you would be remise f you didn’t visit at least once.

 

Madrid

Madrid is often referred to as the traveler’s favorite city because it offers such beauty and enjoyment. Europe’s third largest city, tourism makes up a fraction of their income so it never seems overly packed. The Spanish lifestyle of long lunches, siestas and late wine-filled dinners are things of legends but you can live them with one quick visit. A walk able city with an abundant amount of cheap accommodations, Madrid is an n excellent choice for first time travel. A convenient metro system and close airport make this an easy city to travel to.

 

Barcelona

The second Spanish city on the list, should tell you that Spain is a tourist friendly country. Barcelona is the new Amsterdam, traveler’s form all around are flocking to the extremely liberal city. Every language is spoken here with diverse amounts of nationalities represented, making it a tourists dream location. With magnificent beaches and unique and colorful neighborhoods, Barcelona is one of my favorite cities, period.

 

Check out these cities for your first ever international trip. The water is warm, just jump in. Hopefully you find your love for travel just like I did and you can change your life forever.

 

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