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5 More Cities for First Time International Travel

In the first installment of this series, I introduced 5 cities that would be great for your first time traveling out of the U.S. Now I would like to give you five more options that you may not have previously considered:


Florence is in the heart of Tuscany, and the city boasts plenty of activities to fill your time – you can find art museums (Uffizi Gallery), architecture (the Duomo), and history (literally everywhere!). Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) has some of the best jewelers and art dealers in all of Italy. And you surely won’t be disappointed with the food. Rich flavor, cheap wine, delicious desserts – Florence can be your gateway to international travel.


Athens, Greece, is a sneaky good way to get comfortable with international travel. First, Greek food is quite delicious and contains North African & Mediterranean influences that give it a unique personality. As a history-filled city, Athens can look back more than 4,000 years (having been continuously inhabited during that time). Still, some of the relics from its past remain, such as the Parthenon, the Acropolis, and the Agora. But, that’s not all, you can also find modern shopping to round out your first travel experience.


As a modern city in one of the more remote parts of the world, Sydney is an excellent option for those who desire an adventurous “first trip.” Since they speak English in Australia, you’ll have an easier time managing once you get there. Still, Sydney is truly an international city that’s perfectly contemporary and close to the beach if you’re looking for that too!

Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa, is a fantastic getaway if you’re looking to stretch the distance and go all out for your first trip. Since you’re traveling a bit far in this case, you’ll be happy to know that there’s plenty to do. You might find yourself taking the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway to redefine the meaning of “perspective” and glance over the entire city. Or you might head over to the world-famous vineyards (that are surprisingly affordable!), get some exposure to the abundant marine and wildlife, and of course, head to the heart of the city for some fun nights. It’s truly up to you, but indeed a great experience no matter what you select.


Have you heard of Malta? If you haven’t, get ready to visit one of the most idyllic destinations in the world. Although it’s a former British Colony, Malta has influences from the entire Mediterranean (in fact, it’s centrally located in the Mediterranean) which means it’s a mix from a culinary and cultural perspective; you’ll experience Italian, Spanish, Provencal, and Magrehbin influences. Malta’s beachfront nightlife and wine cultivation round out the activities of your next vacation.

Consider some lesser-known cities for your first (of many) vacations and schedule a consultation once you’re ready. I’m looking forward to making them a destination for you!

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