If you are new to international travel, it can be intimidating. In a new country, you may not know the language or the culture, and the locals may be…. less than friendly. That is why I recommend for newcomers to go to cities which are known to be more tourist-friendly. In these places, locals are used to tourists and more likely to be welcoming and helpful. If you are not yet a confident traveller, these 5 cities might be perfect for you!
With it’s beautiful beaches and proximity to Mayan ruins, Tulum is one of the best cities in Mexico to travel to. For a new traveler, Tulum offers just the right balance of touristy and authentic experience. This is perfect for a person looking to have a more peaceful experience than if one were to go to a resort town like Cabo. Advice for this trip: Pack light and try to stay local. Contributing to the local economy instead of large resorts can avail you to the guidance of the friendly locals, enhancing your trip to this gorgeous city.
This little city on the coast of Ireland is full of history and culture. By day, you can explore castles on the cliffs, while by night you can make new friends in the local pubs. Time after time, Galway has been voted the friendliest city in Europe, so it won’t be difficult for you! Galway is also the festival capital of Ireland, so chances are you will be able to enjoy some of the vibrant festivities during your journey as well.
The US is full of wonderful places to visit but if you are looking for a friendly city, it is hard to find a better place to be than Chicago in the summer. During the winter, the city is cold and windy, but after months of being inside, the locals are overjoyed to share their beautiful city. One easy and tourist-friendly way to see the city is to take an architecture tour down the Chicago River. Don’t forget to search for Chicago hotels reviews & offers in order to find the best and friendliest places to stay.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Not only is Queenstown known for being beautiful and hospitable to travellers, but it is also known as the “Adventure Capital of the World”. If you are the type of traveler who wants to dive (safely) head first off of bridges or battle white water rapids, Queenstown is the perfect place for you. The locals here will encourage travelers to pursue pretty much any adrenaline rush you can think of, and have fun doing it. However, as fun as all of the danger can be, make sure to be safe if you choose to drive on New Zealand’s roads. While Philippines drivers drive on the right hand, New Zealand drives on the left, so be prepared!
If you are a traveler who is also a foodie, Singapore might be your ideal city to visit. Known for its incredible cheap street food and Michelin-starred restaurants, there is so much delicious food to be eaten by tourists and locals alike. Singapore is also known for being a safe option for women traveling by themselves for the first time. Bonus: because English is one of the official languages of Singapore, it is easy to find a common language to ask for directions, an essential skill for any new traveller.
With this list in mind, be brave and explore the world! The only way to become an experienced traveler is to take the leap and begin travelling.