3 Best Destinations for First Trips Abroad
Planning an overseas excursion can be both exciting and overwhelming, especially if it is your first trip abroad. There are so many things to take into consideration. If you are like most people, you will probably want to go somewhere with a picturesque landscape and full of adventure. However, you should also consider the time of year you plan to travel, as well as what the weather is going to be like. Most importantly you will want to do a little research to get some statistics on the destination, like the crime rate for example. If you or a traveling companion has a chronic illness, you will also want to take that into consideration as well. Ready to take on the challenge? Take a look at three of the best places to travel for your first trip abroad. Each destination is highly rated, safe, and has something to offer everyone.
The United Kingdom is one of the most popular destinations for people who are traveling abroad for the first time. The U.K. is attractive to first time travelers time because everyone there speaks English and the customs are familiar. Overseas travel can be intimidating enough without having to worry about trying to communicate with the locals. If you like being surrounded by diverse areas, a trip across the Pond would provide you with all the sights and sounds you could handle. If you enjoy larger cities, you can visit Edinburgh and London. London has a lot to offer with attractions like Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and Big Ben. You can also plan day trips to the exquisite Cornwall coast, the Scottish Highlands, Windsor, Bath and St. Albans.
Ireland is ranked as one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The warmth of the Irish makes traveling there easy. The people of Ireland are well regarded for their hospitality, charming demeanors and humor. You will never have to worry about getting lost, because you will always be able to find someone who will step forward to assist you. If you are looking for beautiful scenery, you will find it in Connemara, Dingle, the Aran Islands and Wicklow National Park. Or, get away from it all and just enjoy an environment of simplicity and peace of Inisheer, the smallest Aran Island can offer you all of the quiet you could ever want. The tiny island has a population of only 250 people, but it offers once in a lifetime strolls along the Mediterranean, and the opportunity to visit ancient historic sites while allowing you to get acquainted with the local people.
Iceland may be a surprising addition to this list but is currently one of the most popular places to travel in the world. Iceland’s landscape is adorned with numerous waterfalls, volcanoes that steam and glacial lagoons. If that doesn’t entice you, perhaps a stroll along a black sandy beach, or a visit to one of Iceland’s famous hot springs will. The proximity to the city of Boston helps to rank Iceland at the top of the list for overseas travel. A four-hour flight will get you there, and more often than not, airfare can be purchased for as little as $99 each way. The best time to visit Iceland is between the latter part of September and March. Although getting around in Iceland is easy, you may still choose to take part in one of the day or multi-day tours available. Plan to spend an evening watching the Northern Lights, and a day soaking in the infamous Blue Lagoon.