Recommended first travel destination?

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 01, 2013 11:56 AM GMT
    I've never traveled before and i'm just about to get my first passport, anybody got suggestions for the first place to go?, is it wise to go somewhere closer to the uk? (where i'm from)
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 01, 2013 1:44 PM GMT
    Yeah, Europe has wildly contrasting cultures, is close to home (no more than 3hrs flying time), and is a good introduction to travel.

    Try maybe Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal, Croatia, Greece and Turkey to get a good taste of variety.
  • Suetonius

    Posts: 1842

    Jun 01, 2013 4:30 PM GMT
    I don't think wisdom has much to do with it, except in deciding not to travel to war zones or where there is a danger of being kidnapped. Where to go should be probably decided by your interests. If you studied a foreign language, a country where that language is spoken would be a natural choice. You are going to travel alone, perhaps? Then try getting some sort of pass, cross the channel, and let whim be your guide. Most young americans (are Brits much different?), just out of university, tend to go to europe and just explore wherever fancy takes them.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 01, 2013 10:20 PM GMT
    Paris is one of everyone's favorite destination. Amsterdam too. Plus close to you.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 02, 2013 3:50 AM GMT
    New York will blow your mind. Italy might be great for someone from the UK, but get out into the countryside, or go to Sicily or Sardinia so you get a cultural change and run into fewer Brits and Americans. I think Scandinavia is great, but you might feel it is too similar to your home country. It really depends on if you are traveling for adventure or for relaxation. Judging by your youth, I would imagine it is more for adventure. Switzerland and Austria are fantastic for rock climbing and hiking. A nice quiet Italian beach town like CĂ©falu (Sicily) is a great come down after some ruin climbing in Agrigento. Travel is a great education. Enjoy!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 02, 2013 4:13 AM GMT
    Paris, France- still downright the most romantic place I've been..plus, take the Eurostar, sleep for a couple of hours and wait for the Eiffel to greet you in all its beauty..

    and Paris at night is unbelievable.
  • ATLANTIS7

    Posts: 1213

    Jun 02, 2013 7:37 AM GMT
    go to the greek islands and chill out!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 02, 2013 9:07 AM GMT
    Well Ireland would be a very easy first place to go, no culture shock at all. My first foreign trip (I waited way too long) was Belgium and I loved it straight away. You can go on the Eurostar so no messing around with airports and the station is right in the middle of the city. France and Holland are good for the same reason.

    A good decision to make early on is: am I a city, beach or walking in the country person? This will really help to narrow down where to go.
  • toybrian

    Posts: 395

    Jun 02, 2013 10:55 AM GMT
    If you can afford it and someone will go with you the best place that I have loved so far has been Hawaii in all it's beauty from the water to the people there. The shows are great and the beach is to die for. Been to 2 islands so far and hope to go back in a few years and hit another one.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 02, 2013 6:55 PM GMT
    If you want a summer gay beach vacation, there are always Ibiza and Sitges (near Barcelona). Very gay, lots of foreigners, so there will be some english spoken, and (for Barcelona) lots of culture as well on days off from the beach. Spanish is probably the easiest language for an english speaker to learn, so you could easily pick up a few phrases for those rare occasions when english is not spoken. Like, Tus ojos son hermosos. Quiero chupar.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jun 02, 2013 7:17 PM GMT
    It depends on what you interests are.
    Mine is history and architecture so I would visit France, Spain and Italy.

    I'd suggest figure out what you would like to do and see first. It will help narrow down which place has the most of what piques your interest.