10 Great First Time Trips for New Travelers
Travel broadens the mind, awakens the spirit and gives you the opportunity to see loads of cool stuff you wouldn't have seen otherwise but it can also be daunting, expensive and a little bit scary, especially for those who are new to the whole experience but everyone has to start somewhere right?
Most of us start out small with short holidays or tiny weekend trips but serious travel over an extended period of time is a different kettle of fish altogether, and so here we take a look at some of the best places to head to if you're a first-time traveler.
1. New Zealand
If you ever speak to someone who has been to New Zealand, you will realize just how much this place captures peoples hearts and we here at the Travel Lane are equally enamored by the beguiling majesty of this glorious country.
Super safe and super friendly, New Zealand covers almost every conceivable landscape on Earth within its borders and as such has something for everyone from adventure lovers to thrill seekers to those just wanting a lazy beach break. An English speaking nation makes it easy to communicate as well as having a culture that encourages vibrancy and revels in its eclectic nature.
Stunning, stunning, stunning! Norway has gorgeous fjords, beautiful mountains, warm and welcoming people and an amazing food scene in a country that sparkles in the summer sunshine or becomes a magical snow-covered winter wonderland.
Another incredibly safe country, this is the ideal spot for a winding road trip through archipelagos of islands filled with dreamy fishing villages or to spot the stunning Northern Lights.
Thailand is the perfect storm of chaos and calm as hectic moon parties in the hustling bustling tourist spots give way to tranquil islands of serenity (both physically and metaphorically) with untouched golden beaches.
The capital of Bangkok is filled to the brim with tourists and party goers looking for a good time whilst the region has plenty of ancient temples, beauty spots, and hideaways for those who like to take things at a slower pace. Geared to all tastes and well versed in dealing with travelers and tourists, Thailand is a great place to start your global adventures.
Canada is big...like really big. So big in fact that it's pretty much impossible not to find something to do with some of the most amazing cosmopolitan cities on Earth interspersed between stunning wilderness with unique and varied wildlife.
Canadians are noted for their politeness and warmth toward strangers while the eclectic mix of North American and European culture makes for a vibrant array of scenes to be a part of.
A great entry-point into Europe as it is cheap, warm and very friendly with lots of great history, stunning architecture, and beautiful beaches.
A hub for amazing cuisine, it is far cheaper than many other places on the continent, and its laid-back vibe makes it wonderfully welcoming. Head away from the cities for a slower pace of things or into them for vibrant nightlife.
Germany has a reputation for being friendly, welcoming and open to solo travelers as well as having a notorious nightlife that sees the secretive yet highly lauded Berghain nightclub more likely to let you in if you arrive alone. An artistic hub full of young and hungry people desperate for new experiences and to meet new people, this is an awesome place to check out alone or otherwise.
Cheaper than many expect, the autobahns are ideal for road trips as you whizz from modernized mega-cities to charming medieval villages.
This verdant paradise of a country has become a haven for backpackers in recent years without suffering from the seedy commercialization that has tainted many of Thailand's once calm and peaceful islands. Unlike Thailand, however, the locals don't speak much English so brushing up on your Spanish before you depart will make your life that little bit easier.
Most backpackers stay in the capital Lima for the first few days of their trip and then head to the Inca trail of Manu Pichu. The partying beach town of Máncora is another popular destination, and we highly recommend it.
Fiji is a paradise for couple's, solo travelers and backpackers on a budget with island life offering up a very tranquil take on travel.
Wildlife is abundant in forests and in the warm waters that surround the islands where adventure activities can be tempered with long, relaxing days by the beach.
Known for its stunning efficiency and brilliant public transport, Japan is an incredibly easy country to get around and can be done in comfort as well.
It can be a bit of a culture shock with its many weird and wonderful cultural idiosyncrasies, with trains that can whizz you from some of the busiest cities on Earth to the most serene rural locations around in a matter of minutes, its ideal for those who really want to experience something new and different in a safe environment.
10. Costa Rica
If you're looking for inner-answers as well as an adventure, then Costa Rica should help you in both regards. Fabled for its appearance, Costa Rica's scenery will likely see you spending the majority of your time outdoors with hot springs, luscious jungles, pristine beaches and various activities like zip-lining and kayaking keeping you entertained.
Best of all, Costa Rica is one of the safest places to visit in Central America and is filled with English speaking expats, most of whom will be happy to help with any queries. With all that said, Costa Rica is also the most expensive country in Central America, but you can find backpacking hostels that charge as little as $10 a night for a room.