5 Perfect City Breaks for First Time Travelers


Traveling is one of the most liberating and cathartic journeys in your life. Your first travel experience will have the greatest impact on your travel journey, and that’s what makes it more exciting.

However, deciding where to go the very first time can be, to be honest, kind of stressful.

To help you with this predicament, we have listed below the 5 perfect city breaks for first-time travelers. We focused on several factors in traveling such as culture, tourist spots, activities, safety, and budget.


Rich in historical locations and ancient architecture, Barcelona captures the beauty of Europe. It is included as one of the best cities for first-time international travelers due to its stunning sceneries such as the famous Catholic Basilica, La Sagrada Familia, Casa Milan, and Casa Batlló.

Furthermore, Barcelona is home to the Picasso Museum where contemporary art exhibitions are being shown. When it comes to budget, don’t fret. Barcelona has chic, cheap hotels perfect for first-time travelers, and the food scene is simply delightful.


Home to the greatest artists who ever lived on Earth, Florence, Italy is a haven for art enthusiasts and architectural connoisseurs. Don’t miss out on visiting Piazza della Signoria, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazzale Michelangelo, and The Academia to get the full Florence Experience.

Indulge in mouthwatering pizza and pasta after your luxury Florence day tour and cap off your day with a scoop of gelato. Italy is one of the safest countries for travelers, and it’s awesome. 


Known as the City of Light, Paris is everybody’s dream destination, and it would be an awesome experience if this will be the baptism of your travel journey. Make the most of Paris: visit the famous Eiffel Tower, see the Monalisa, the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, and the Notre Dame Cathedral.


Listed as one of the friendliest cities in the world, Berlin has so much to offer for first-time travelers. The place is generally safe, and communication is not a problem because Germans are excellent English speakers. There are a lot of things to do in Berlin such as touring art galleries, exploring unorthodox street art, and spending time in flea markets.

The diverse culture in Berlin also brings out your most authentic self, and Germans are so friendly, so it’s a great opportunity to gain friends. If you what to change the atmosphere, travel via train and feel like royalty by visiting Hohenzollern Sigmaringen Castle, a place near Berlin where you can see the grandest castles that you can ever imagine.


What makes London perfect for first-time travelers? It’s a world-class landscape and scenery. London is packed with eye-catching infrastructures and a vast artistic atmosphere that will make your first time set the bar so high for your future travels. Some of the most worth-visiting places in London are the iconic structures, Big Ben, the Tower of London, the London Eye and the Buckingham Palace, so make sure to give yourself time to take them all in.

In terms of accommodation, there are just so many amazing neighborhoods in London to stay in that will make you feel welcome and safe during your travels.

Wherever you decide to go on your first travel experience, make sure that you are well-prepared. Whether you’re thinking of traveling to Europe on your own or South America with a travel buddy for the first time, having an idea about the place you want to visit will get the best out of your adventure. Always be very vigilant and take care of your belongings but be open in meeting new people. Lastly, have fun and make the most of it, you may not get a second change to visit some of these amazing places.

Have you been to any of these destinations?


About Author

Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

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