The best destinations for first-time travel

Hopping onto a flight to an unknown place – even for the most travelled passenger – can be daunting at the best of times. I feel anxious just waiting for my suitcase to come out at baggage claim.

The first adventure will always be the most nerve-wracking, however there are some destinations that ease the planning side, without cutting down on any fun.

So, in no particular order:

Thailand

Ah yes, a standard gap yahย kickoff point.

Thailand has always been a popular destination for backpackers – however it also has a lot to offer in terms of exploring culture, adventure travel and relaxing beach holidays.

WHY THAILAND?

  • once you’re there, it is CHEAP (hostels can be as little as ยฃ4 a night!!๐Ÿค‘)
  • the people are friendly – and a lot can speak very good English
  • ๐Ÿ’ฅBANG๐Ÿ’ฅfor your ๐Ÿ’ตBUCK๐Ÿ’ตย rating 10/10 – jungles, temples, beaches, nightlife, the list goes on

DOWNSIDES:

New Zealand

Another beloved gap year pit-stop – but believe it or not – the land of hobbits and wizards also makes a great destination for people who aren’t fussed about Lord of the Rings (apparently such people exist?).

WHY NEW ZEALAND?

  • English speaking which makes everything a little easier
  • safe
  • using the public transport to get around is a dream
  • the abundance of backpackers makes it a friendly and laid-back atmosphere duuude ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿค™๐Ÿค™

DOWNSIDES:

  • again, flights are long and spendyย (๐Ÿ’”)

The Netherlands

What do you get when you throw canals, museums, coffee shops, bicycles and a bunch of tulips together (apart from a major stereotype)?

That’s right, the perfect European destination.

WHY THE NETHERLANDS?

  • Amsterdam is home to some of the world’s best museums (Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank’s house etc)
  • 90% English-speaking
  • safe
  • travelling across the cities is very easy, walking or cycling ๐Ÿšด
  • cheap flights from the UK
  • easy and inexpensive to travel between cities throughout the country (Amsterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Maastricht)

DOWNSIDES:

  • nope, there are none

Ireland

The ‘Emerald Isle’ has always been a popular weekend break, but with it’s rolling hills, dramatic coastline and boozy village pubs, it has so much more to offer for longer stays.

Plus, it’s so close to the UK you can almost paddleย there.

WHY IRELAND?

  • safe
  • cheap flights from the UK
  • it is literally BEAUTIFUL
  • cities like Dublin, Galway and Cork
  • villages like Westport, Dingle and Kilkenny
  • Game of Thrones and Guinness ๐Ÿบ

DOWNSIDES:

  • public transport in Dublin can be known to be unpredictable
  • the flights may be, but cost of living isn’t cheap!

PS. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

United Arab Emirates

An easy suggestion from myself, the United Arab Emirates is one of the most exciting places for everyone – especially people travelling for the first time.

With a sparkling skyline, and the rolling sand dunes as a back garden, the Emirates are a fab place for people to experience both the luxurious lifestyle and Arabian culture.

Maybe I’m biased having grown up here, but if I didn’t get bored living here – I doubt you’ll find a holiday dull!

WHY THE UAE?

  • Dubai and Abu Dhabi are just the beginning – all seven emirates are worth a visit
  • pick up Arabic phrases in the comfort of an English speaking nation
  • safe
  • Burj Khalifa – the tallest building in the world
  • can pick up cheap flights if travelling out of season!

DOWNSIDES:

Your home country

It might not be your dreamy beach holiday, or the backpacking adventure you see on Instagram,ย ๐Ÿ˜œย but travelling in your own country is cheap, and almost always cheerful.

Besides, the UK gets a little sun in August right? Aren’t we lucky.

WHY?

  • say goodbye to flight costs!
  • no time limits
  • no distance limits

DOWNSIDES:

  • none – you have to start somewhere!

To finish off, here are also some good websites for planning your first adventure! (Not sponsored, just being really helpfulย ๐Ÿ˜Ž)

 

Have you recently caught the travel bug? Or are you already on your third circle round the globe??ย ๐Ÿ›ซ๐ŸŒ

 

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Adios, Hol xxx

 

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