If you have never travelled abroad before, it can be quite hard deciding on where to go.
Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares four of the best cities for first-time overseas travellers to make it easier for you to decide on where to travel to.
To be honest, there is really no place like Barcelona. In many ways, Barcelona encapsulates the best of Europe. If you really want to experience Europe, then Barcelona in Spain is one of the best places to visit. It is a very interesting place that’s culturally diverse, with great and breath-taking scenery. It is one of the most tourist-friendly cities in the world. The best part about Barcelona is that there is a glut of cheap and chic hotels and/or accommodation for you to relax in while visiting. They also have a bustling and delightful food scene that is sure to give your taste buds a culinary experience like no other.
Paris is considered one of the world’s most visited cities and for good reason. There is a certain casual elegance to the city and that is further enhanced by its array of famous museums, beautiful architecture and pretty, intimate streets. Paris is one of the best cities for first-time travellers because there really is hardly a chance of getting bored or underwhelmed. The city has a virtually limitless and wide array of shopping, dining, drinking and sightseeing opportunities. The best part about Paris is its extensive metro-system that makes transportation or getting around relatively easy. The only downside is that Paris is quite an expensive city but if you are able to budget well and set aside enough money, you are sure to have a great and memorable experience.
This is the obvious choice for many first-time overseas travellers, especially those from Anglophone countries, because everyone speaks English so there will be less of a culture shock. London is very diverse so it offers the opportunity to enjoy big cities, beautiful seashores, as well as spectacular highlands. When visiting London you can visit iconic attractions like the Tower of London and Big Ben, and enjoy day trips to places like Windsor, Bath and St. Albans. Accommodation can be quite on the expensive side, so it will help if you know someone living in London that you can stay with during your visit. However, if you prepare, budget well and put enough money aside, you should be able to take care of accommodation without really breaking a sweat.
This is generally a great place for first-time overseas travellers. It’s a safe, very friendly and incredibly scenic place. It’s ideal for outdoor adventures like whale watching, puffin and iceberg cruises, kayaking, hiking etc. There are also some great and delicious foods to enjoy like the famous sweet Canadian maple syrup. Many travellers to Toronto go there to enjoy its calm, peaceful and scenic ambience. Canada is known to be one of the safest countries in the world, as well as one of the best countries in the world.
- Contributed by Damilola Ojo, PR associate, Jumia Travel