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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. 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.

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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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Best Lake Vacations In the US

America is filled with thousands of beautiful lakes that make excellent vacation destinations, so how do you choose? 

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America is filled with thousands of beautiful lakes that make excellent vacation destinations, so how do you choose? We broke down the top lake vacations and why you should visit each one. Plan your summer vacation soon before the best destinations fill up. Find your land locked water vacation here and take a dip, you deserve it.

 

Crater Lake, Oregon

Crater Lake in Oregon is tops on this list for one reason, it’s incredible. The deepest lake in the US is perfect for scuba enthusiasts and outdoor recreationists.   Created when a volcano erupted thousands of years ago and now it’s filled with crystal clear snow run off. There is outstanding fishing as salmon run well into fall and the rainbow trout here are enormous.   Check out one of America’s natural wonders and enjoy your summer vacation at Crater Lake.

 

Lake Clark, Alaska

If you want an extreme backwoods journey, Lake Clark in Alaska is your destination. You can’t just drive up to the water as its remote location makes it difficult it reach but well worth the troubles. This is wilderness at its finest and is pure pristine Alaska. Take a trip up to the great north and experience nature in its truest form.

Lake Powell, Utah/Arizona

Get a houseboat and chill hard at the amazing Lake Powell in the border of Utah and Arizona. Spend a day at the Grand Canyon then swing over to Powell and relax on the water. Check out the numerous little canyons that offer a real private style retreat.

 

Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe is America’s most beautiful and picturesque lake, period. The top water destination for winter sports is Tahoe, surrounded by high mountains and top notch resorts. Although known for winter sports, the summer opens up wide for visitors to do almost any activity. From mountain biking to hiking to swimming, Tahoe has it all. The views are worth the trip alone.

 

Finger Lakes, New York

Get your wine tasting on in the historic Finger Lakes of New York. With over a hundred vineyards to choose from, This region is a wine enthusiast’s heaven. Experience the best wine the East coast has to offer and some picturesque views to enjoy your favorite glass.

 

Lake Michigan

If you want some sweet lake beaches, Lake Michigan has you covered. This body of water is massive and borders four states and has over 1,500 miles of shoreline.  You can get every kind of beach you could ever want here, just chose already! The beaches range from the city style of Chicago to the boardwalk vibes of Traverse City.

 

 

Lake Havasu, Arizona

Get your party on at Lake Havasu. The boat parties here go all night and often include scantily clad youths pounding brews and being dumb. If that sounds good to you then Havasu may be your perfect destination.  Filled with nightlife and restaurants, Havasu is your going out lake spot for sure.

 

Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Get pampered at the remote Lake of the Ozarks, nestled in the Missouri backcountry. Spas line the coast and offer all the amenities of larger resorts for half the price. Save money by going to the middle of nowhere for vacation and have the time of your life.

 

 

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Best FREE Things to do In Las Vegas 2

What many of you may not be aware of is there are plenty of ways to have fun in Vegas without spending any money at all.

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Las Vegas is the capitalism capital of the world, where huge corporations vie for the opportunity to take all your money. Once you step foot in the city you are surrounded by ways to spend your money. What many of you may not be aware of is there are plenty of ways to have fun in Vegas without spending any money at all.

Check out these awesome ways to have fun for free in sin city.

 

See Art

There are opportunities all over the city to see free art installations from some of the best artists in the world, alive or dead. Some art highlights include the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas which houses one of the best free art exhibits in the city and the Wynn Las Vegas which has a huge 7-foot-tall Popeye sculpture.

My favorite place to see art for free in the city has to be at the Louis Vuitton flagship store in Crystals city center mall. This mega installation allows visitors to enter the womb like structure and floods the area with an array of lights that dazzle the mind. You must get an appointment at the store.

 

Eat Chocolate

Free chocolate, sign me up. Yes sir, there is free chocolate just for the taking at Ethel M. The local chocolatier has a really cool factory tour filled with free samples and it sits in the largest botanical cactus garden in the world. That’s a sweet bonus for checking out some awesome cacti.

You can also check out M&M World and Hersey’s Chocolate World, both on the strip. These mega candy stores are free to enter and always have free samples to snack on. Warning, if you take kids here, they will bug you until you buy them something.

 

 

Look at lots of money

Check out the World’s largest gold nugget, which obviously sits in the Golden Nugget Casino in Downtown Las Vegas. The 61-pound chunk of gold was sold for over a million dollars and is available for pictures 24-7-365.

 

Drink for Free (Kinda)

Everyone knows that casinos fill you with alcohol for playing games but is that really a deal?

Usually you end up playing mega bucks for a few drinks, so how can you really get free drinks in Las Vegas. Answer: nowhere, but you can get free-ish drinks at cheaper downtown casinos. Simple play penny slots at downtown Vegas casinos like El Cortez and The D.   Always tip your server or they will simply disappear.

 

Fountains at Bellagio

The fountains at the Bellagio put on a show every half hour and at night the shows are more frequent. Find a nice spot to view the entire show and you won’t be disappointed.

 

Cruise the strip

Walking from one end of the strip to the other can take over an hour easily and you will have plenty to check out for free. There are so many photo opportunities that you will need to make room on your memory card.

 

People watch

My favorite thing to do in Las Vegas is people watch. Visitors from all over the world come to Las Vegas and they sure do amuse me. You can have hours and hours of fun just find a nice place to sit and enjoy as thousands of people stroll past you and you just have the time of your life.

 

Downtown Container Park

Check out the cool shopping and entertainment center located downtown that’s completely built out of shipping containers. You’ll find shops, shows, street entertainers, awesome art installations and all the people watching you could ever need.

 

There are plenty more things to do in Vegas for free but these are just our favorite, so save some money and check out these awesome spots.

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Best FREE Things to do In Las Vegas

What many of you may not be aware of is there are plenty of ways to have fun in Vegas without spending any money at all.

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Las Vegas is the capitalism capital of the world, where huge corporations vie for the opportunity to take all your money. Once you step foot in the city you are surrounded by ways to spend your money. What many of you may not be aware of is there are plenty of ways to have fun in Vegas without spending any money at all.

Check out these awesome ways to have fun for free in sin city.

 

See Art

There are opportunities all over the city to see free art installations from some of the best artists in the world, alive or dead. Some art highlights include the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas which houses one of the best free art exhibits in the city and the Wynn Las Vegas which has a huge 7-foot-tall Popeye sculpture.

My favorite place to see art for free in the city has to be at the Louis Vuitton flagship store in Crystals city center mall. This mega installation allows visitors to enter the womb like structure and floods the area with an array of lights that dazzle the mind. You must get an appointment at the store.

 

Eat Chocolate

Free chocolate, sign me up. Yes sir, there is free chocolate just for the taking at Ethel M. The local chocolatier has a really cool factory tour filled with free samples and it sits in the largest botanical cactus garden in the world. That’s a sweet bonus for checking out some awesome cacti.

You can also check out M&M World and Hersey’s Chocolate World, both on the strip. These mega candy stores are free to enter and always have free samples to snack on. Warning, if you take kids here, they will bug you until you buy them something.

 

 

Look at lots of money

Check out the World’s largest gold nugget, which obviously sits in the Golden Nugget Casino in Downtown Las Vegas. The 61-pound chunk of gold was sold for over a million dollars and is available for pictures 24-7-365.

 

Drink for Free (Kinda)

Everyone knows that casinos fill you with alcohol for playing games but is that really a deal?

Usually you end up playing mega bucks for a few drinks, so how can you really get free drinks in Las Vegas. Answer: nowhere, but you can get free-ish drinks at cheaper downtown casinos. Simple play penny slots at downtown Vegas casinos like El Cortez and The D.   Always tip your server or they will simply disappear.

 

Fountains at Bellagio

The fountains at the Bellagio put on a show every half hour and at night the shows are more frequent. Find a nice spot to view the entire show and you won’t be disappointed.

 

Cruise the strip

Walking from one end of the strip to the other can take over an hour easily and you will have plenty to check out for free. There are so many photo opportunities that you will need to make room on your memory card.

 

People watch

My favorite thing to do in Las Vegas is people watch. Visitors from all over the world come to Las Vegas and they sure do amuse me. You can have hours and hours of fun just find a nice place to sit and enjoy as thousands of people stroll past you and you just have the time of your life.

 

Downtown Container Park

Check out the cool shopping and entertainment center located downtown that’s completely built out of shipping containers. You’ll find shops, shows, street entertainers, awesome art installations and all the people watching you could ever need.

 

There are plenty more things to do in Vegas for free but these are just our favorite, so save some money and check out these awesome spots.

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