It’s one of the big questions which a lot of people tend to ask us.

What is the place to visit as a first-time traveler?

The first time we were asked this, we weren’t really sure what to answer. There are just so many places on this planet that it seemed an impossible question – after all, everyone likes different things, right? Well, over time we’ve had a few ideas on what we would prefer as our first-time travel destination, and those places have a couple of things in common.

They are all places which show a particular part of the world. They are also all places which give you access to a huge range of different lifestyles. Finally, they are all places which gives you something different and unique, but which don’t take you too far out of your comfort zone. Here are the cities which we think match up to that criteria.

London

London is often known by locals as the city where you can do anything, and it’s kind of true. Every single niche and passion is represented somewhere in the city. That makes it a great place to live, but even more so, it makes it a great place to visit for first time travelers. Nothing here is too strange or odd, but it’s still different to the norm.

London also has a lot of historic monuments and locations which are perfect for taking some quality holiday snaps. Head over to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, then just walk over the Thames bridge and you’ll find yourself at the London Eye. Afterwards, hop off the tube and you can go anywhere you want.

Barcelona

If London’s not unique enough for you, then this Spanish architectural paradise should hit the bar. With Gaudi’s Sagrada Família located in the heart of the city, you can find yourself wondering at one of the most incredible structures still standing today.

Spend the day exploring the city’s antique stores and ancient neighborhoods, spend the night getting to know the nightlife. Barcelona is a vibrant and bustling city with a lot to offer anyone looking to spend a little time there. Find out what else they have in store for you by showing up and going for a wander.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the perfect destination for first time travelers. Why? Because it takes you out of your comfort zone, yet still manages to make you feel like you’re at home. It’s the perfect destination for dipping your toe in the water and not having to full-on swim.

You’ll find some incredible museums in the city, including the fantastic art reservoir Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh museum. You can also visit the Anne Frank house, with its poignant reminder of the past.

If you’re thirsty at the end of the afternoon, why not head over to the Heineken Museum, where you’ll be taken on a tour of the factory and given a few cheeky drink tasters. 

Beijing

Who wouldn’t want to go to Beijing? With the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and being just a short few hours from the Great Wall of China, Beijing seems like the perfect destination for first time travelers looking to experience China.

also have plenty of access to western and convenient amenities. Moreover, the transit System in Beijing is probably one of the best in the world (as long as you don’t mind having to squeeze yourself in). 

Iceland

Without a doubt, one of the most beautiful countries in the world – if a little on the pricey side. And Iceland is expensive. You can expect to be paying a premium on everything, which, in hindsight, doesn’t make this feel like a great destination for first time travelers.

However, we’re going to stick to our guns because let’s be honest, it’s so incredibly beautiful. Iceland is home to some of the best experiences you will probably have. Ever. Period.

Dive between continental plates, scale true mountains, and witness nature at its finest. If Iceland doesn’t make you a traveler for like, we don’t know what will.

Paris

Paris, often seen as one of the most expensive cities in the world (definitely not as expensive as Iceland though). For first time travelers, Paris is a must-visit locale. Not only because of its attractions, but also because that reputation is not always so true – especially if you’re budget travelers like us. 

Paris will teach you budgeting 101 and get your ready to start exploring other, harder to navigate cities around the world. And you’ll have a great time doing it.

Don’t just visit the Eiffel tower, also head over to the Basilique du Sacré Coeur in the Montmartre district, and to the gothic Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris. It’ll be a trip you never forget.

Chiang Mai

Bangkok is a city of hustle and bustle; Chiang Mai is not. Not only will you love the more relaxed atmosphere here, you’ll also still be surrounded by the things which make Bangkok so great (minus the backpacking street of Khao San Road.

Head to the Saturday Walking Street on Th Wualai to get used to the crowds you can expect elsewhere in Asia. Alternatively, you can check out the city’s Buddhist temples, including Wat Phra Singh – our top choice for temple views in very possibly the whole country.

Kuala Lumpur

The Malaysian capital has become quite the tourist attraction for those looking to travel the world in recent years. With an improved infrastructure, some incredible views at sunrise and sunset, and a huge wildlife park quite literally in the city, Kuala Lumpur is like a citywide Disneyland.

Moreover, Kuala Lumpur has somewhat surprised the world in recent years by becoming a center for delectable tastes and morsels. The City’s Malaysian fusion restaurant TEMPTationS is probably its finest, but there are a bunch more places to visit for those who just so happen to be confessors of fine food.

Rome

Once the home of western civilization, Rome is now home to some of its best landmarks. The Colosseum, The Vatican City, and the Roman Forum are all landmarks which have made their way (to different degrees) into the modern world.

You’ll also b enamored by the city’s winding paths and road, along with the boutique restaurants and cafes you can easily walk into. We weren’t so impressed by Rome’s coffee, but they do have some great food to nibble on.

Gdansk

Not present on many lists of best travel destinations, we reckon that Gdansk is one of the world’s most overlooked travel destinations. The main seaport in northern Poland, Gdansk is also home to an incredible old town.

We have actually lived here for a while, so we know the ins and outs of the city, and it does have everything we think a first time traveler would need. First time travelers: visit Gdansk, you’ll be glad you did.

Explore and You Will Find

Just head out there and find destinations which catch your eye. We reckon these are the best first time travel destinations, but that doesn’t mean that they’re the only places you can visit.

The world is packed with cities. In fact, there are 4,416 cities in total on this planet. That doesn’t include nearby attractions which you might say are different destinations. Travel is all about discovery. So, what are you waiting for? Go discover, first time travelers.