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Best Cities for Your First International Trip

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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Safe Travel Spots For Travel Currently

  

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International travel broadens the mind and brings people closer together. That’s why it’s an ideal option for parents that want to give their children a life-changing experience. But, you have to be careful. There are plenty of places in the world that aren’t safe for family vacations. That’s why we put together this list of international destinations that are great and safe options for the whole family.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand is known for being a beautiful and friendly country. And Auckland is its crown jewel in that department. The abundant wildlife alone makes it worth the visit. But other major attractions include Frodo’s home from the “Lord Of The Rings” series, and the Auckland War Memorial Museum. It truly makes for a safe and fun trip for the whole family!

IRELAND

Ireland is every kid’s dream. Who hasn’t fantasized about being a king or queen in a castle?! Well, Ireland has enough castles for 10 family vacations. And you can even take your kids to the pub! It’s common practice there so it’s perfectly safe. Plus it’s a great way to experience the local culture. Personally, I can’t wait to visit Ireland.

 

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

Iceland is just about as safe as it gets, making the top ten on both the Global Peace Index and the World Economic Forum’s lists for safety and security. This is due in large part to its incredibly low crime rate. But there’s much more to take in when visiting Reykjavik, including the Sage Museum, natural thermal baths, and tiny Icelandic horses. Who doesn’t love tiny horses?!

MAURITIUS

Mauritius is another country that was ranked highly on the Global Peace Index for safety and security and is the highest of the African countries on the list. This is due mostly to its distance from the rest of the African continent, which is known for not being safe. It is also this distance that makes it the island getaway vacation that families dream of. Be sure to check out the aquarium and snorkel around the reefs while you’re there!

 

THIMPHU

Tucked away in the Himalayan mountains, Bhutan is a country lost in time. They just added their first traffic lights a few years ago! But they’re also the second-ranked Asian country on the Global Peace Index list of safe and secure countries. So it’s bound to be a peaceful and educational trip for you and your family. Be sure to check out Buddha Dordenma, the largest Buddha statue in the world. 

SINGAPORE

Singapore is easily the smallest place on this list, measuring it at just 50 square miles. But it has more than enough fun for the family. Not to mention it’s all the way up at #6 on the World Economic Forum’s list of safe and secure countries! Top attractions include an abundant aviary, nighttime wildlife tours, and an indoor snow park. Definitely worth seeing before the kids head off to college. 


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International Traveling On A Budget During Covid

  

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Most people wish they took more vacations. I know I do. But traveling is so darn expensive! How am I supposed to be able to afford a trip anywhere, let alone somewhere out of the country? Well have no fear, Jetlaggin is here! Check these five international destinations that are much cheaper than you think.

MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA

Medellin is an affordable travel destination in Colombia as it’s actually its third major behind Cartagena and Bogota. The weather is perfect nearly all year long, and ever since the days of Pablo Escobar, the city has put a strong focus on rebuilding the city and attracting a new batch of young, hip, cosmopolitan inhabitants. This means plenty of beautiful museums and art galleries. Hotels only cost around $70 a night, and meals shouldn’t cost much more than $15. These low prices allow for two people to enjoy five days in Medellin for around just $800.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

Some people are wary of traveling to Mexico these days. But it’s capital, Mexico City, is still a beautiful vacation destination that you can enjoy on the cheap. Whether it’s hotels, restaurants, or the many art and cultural attractions that can be found throughout the city, there are surprisingly affordable options for just about everything. Just be smart and explore your options. It’s not hard to find a hotel room for a hundred bucks a night, and you can easily live off delicious street food for your whole trip. Not to mention the public transportation system in the city is cheap and extremely accessible. You could easily take a two-person, seven-day vacation to Mexico City for around $1,000.

BARCELONA, SPAIN

Barcelona is a truly beautiful city in a beautiful country. But you’ll have to be careful when attempting to pull off an affordable trip there, as the city is flooded with tourists in the summer. Hotel rates are on the higher side, averaging around $150 per night. But there are so many things to be enjoyed in Barcelona for free, particularly the beaches. As for meals, as long as you stay away from the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas area, you should be able to find plenty of cheap eating options. You could enjoy a lovely four day, two-person vacation to Barcelona for around $1,100-$1,300.

SOUTHERN VIETNAM

Vietnam still has a slightly negative connotation around it these days, but make no mistake, it is a fascinating country that is ideal for a cheap vacation. Flights will be your biggest expense, as they don’t exactly run cheap. But if you’re ok living off street food for most of your trip and taking a lot of public transportation, once you’re there you don’t have to spend all that much money. Some of the best attractions revolve around exploring, including the Cu Chi Tunnels used during the Vietnam War, the city of Can Tho off the Mekong Delta, and the Cai Rang Floating Market. You can pull off a two-person, five-day vacation to Vietnam for around $1,400.

QUITO, ECUADOR

Quito is one of the often forgotten gems of South America. It offers incredible outdoor and hiking activities, historic relics and architecture from thousands of years ago, and a bustling urban area with a great nightlife scene. Also be sure to take in the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, the Museo de la Ciudad, and the Museo Casa del Alabado. And if you have enough time, head out of the city to check out the Cotopaxi National Park for some of the best scenery around. A whole week-long, two-person vacation would cost just around $2,000.


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Stay With The Animals At These Awesome Hotels

  

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Picking a hotel to stay in can be tough. Are the rooms nice enough? Do the hotels have any activities that I would be interested in? Is it a good deal? What’s the room service like? All these are questions you have to ask yourself when you are doing your research. Sometimes you find the perfect hotel but there is still something missing. That’s when you need to kick your hotel stay up a notch by adding animals into the mix. Our travel experts, especially TJ that crazy guy, wanted to pass on their suggestions for hotels where interacting with animals is actually part of the intended experience. So get ready to experience some hotels like you’ve never experienced it before in these awesome hotels that have their own animals.

 

Kimpton Hotels
Kimpton Hotels run throughout the United States and each one has its own dog that helps greet patrons right when they walk through the door. If you love adorable doggos to pet and give a treat then definitely give these hotels a try. The dogs actually have their own titles around here, they are each known as the director of pet relations. Also, you can bring whatever pets you want to stay at the hotels as well. As long as the pet can fit through the door it is allowed to stay at the hotel which is pretty cool of them. Now I finally have a place to take my pet alligator.

 

 

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Lapland, Finland
This Finnish hotel has a ton of animals on site. There are 400 huskies alone, not to mention the other horses, reindeer, and cats. You will definitely see some cool animals rolling around here and you will be blown away at just how hard most of them actually work. From October to April these pets are employed but they enjoy a nice holiday for the rest of the year making it a pretty nice schedule to live by. Plus, not only does this place have cool pets, it also has glass-top igloos that make for excellent viewing of the Northern Lights.

 

 

Farm Sanctuary, New York
If you’re tired of the Big Apple then maybe it is time to get out and go hang with some livestock. Head upstate to the Farm Sanctuary and see more than 500 animals that have all been rescued and given access to the 175-acre resort. You’ll see adorable pigs, sheep, cows, and turkeys all living a happy new life. Spending a few nights here is sure to make you smile. You will see animals that are truly free to roam huge pastures and live out their lives in a fun and natural way. Staying here is truly special.

 

 

Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya
If dogs and livestock aren’t your thing then why not give giraffes a try. Is that exotic enough for you? The Giraffe Manor is a super nice hotel that is unbelievably beautiful thanks to its gardens and huge fireplaces. But what makes this place special isn’t the yule logs in the fireplaces or the hydrangeas in the gardens it’s the giraffes. Twice a day the giraffes wander up to the hotel and guests feed them grass pellets. Now that’s seriously cool.


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