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10 BEST CITIES FOR FIRST-TIME INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS

You're dreaming about "someday" and that day will come. In the meantime, get your passport and show it proudly as you board your first international flight.


Sure, vacations should be stress-free, but figuring out where to go can be a headache. Do people speak English there? How will we get around? Is it dangerous? What's the exchange rate? The flight is how long? Relax! We've compiled a list of cities for you that are as amazing as they are convenient. From Asia to Europe, here are our top 10 cities that rank a "1" in difficulty and a "10" in beauty.

Barcelona

Yes, it's true: a bottle of wine in Barcelona can cost as little as $3, but that's not the only great thing about this city! In Barcelona, you'll discover a harmonious blend of old and new. Explore ancient neighborhoods adorned with Gothic architecture, then discover the beauty of Antoni Gaudi's modern creations such as the spectacular Sagrada Familia (pictured) and Park Guell. When sightseeing makes you hungry, turn to paella, tapas, and sangria for a traditional (and unforgettable) culinary experience.


With unbelievable architecture, delightful cuisine, mesmerizing museums, and unique shops, this artsy city is a home run for tourists. Barcelona knows how wonderful it is, and indulgently made itself one of the most tourist-friendly cities on the map. Not only are you likely to hear English spoken in Barcelona, but you're also likely hear nearly every language of the world. With convenient transportation, bustling shopping districts, chic hotels, and bright blue beaches, Barcelona should be at the top of your list.


London

London is iconic, beautiful, and filled to the brim with things to see and do. The Tube and classic black cabs make transportation within the city easy, and there's a direct shuttle train to Heathrow Airport from King's Cross station. Speaking of trains, you can hop on a train at King's Cross and be in Paris or Edinburgh in just a few hours. Aside from the awe-inspiring architecture of Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, and the Tower Bridge, London oozes with culture and character. Nosh on fish n' chips at an English pub, hit up a record store in Camden Town, or indulge in afternoon tea. For many Americans, London is the gateway to international travel. And for many Americans, London winds up being their favorite city. London's calling!

Florence

You might not think of a medieval Italian city as an easy first trip abroad, but we're here to change your mind. In fact, Firenze is a popular choice for good reason. First, most people in Florence speak at least enough English to get you by. Second, the city is small and manageable. Use the red roof of the stunning Duomo as your guiding north star, and use the mobile map app on your phone as a backup.