A new year brings new goals. I talk a lot on Coat + Coffee about setting goals for yourself in the travel department. With 2018 approaching, it’s time to start thinking about the year ahead! If you’ve been slow to take the plunge and are finally coming around to planning your first trip, then consider this list of the 5 best European cities for first-time travelers.
#5 Paris, France
“The city that gives you a lot for your money”
Paris is a city that regularly appears on a list like this, and there will be no exception here. You can’t beat a visit to one of the world’s most visited cities. Paris impresses with loads of things to do, amazing cuisine, and dreamy architecture. Paris is one of the pricier European cities, but you get a whole lot of gorgeousness in return.
#4 Copenhagen, Denmark
“The city that speaks English”
Copenhagen makes my list for being one of the most ‘English friendly’ cities. There are stories of English speakers living in Copenhagen for ten years and never learning a word of Danish besides ‘thank you’. Copenhagen is one of the easiest cities to navigate, with friendly locals who almost always speak English.
#3 Prague, Czech Republic
“The city that’s dirt cheap”
Prague’s currency is consistency among the worst in the world. For first-time travelers, this is a great city to travel to because of its amazing exchange rate. Prague is often referred to as the Paris of Eastern Europe. You’ll find charming cobblestone streets, romantic architecture, and hearty meat and potato dishes for half the cost.
#2 London, England
“The city that makes life easy”
London is usually the number one city I recommend for first-time travelers. Since English is the spoken language, it makes adjusting to a new culture much easier. You can also find really great flight deals to London with more flexible options, as it’s one of the most traveled to cities in the world. Fish and chips anyone?
#1 Lisbon, Portugal
“The city that has it all for first-timers”
Lisbon comes in at number one. Lisbon has it all for the first time traveler, and it’s gaining popularity for all the right reasons. The locals are considered some of the friendliest in the world, the cuisine is simple and delicious, prices are low, and you cannot help but fall in love with their hand-painted tiles. Lisbon is the perfect package* for a first time travel experience.
*Disclaimer: A first-time traveler going to Lisbon may induce the ‘Lisbon Effect,’ in which all other future countries you visit seem like rubbish.
Which city is on your mind for 2018? Leave a comment below!