Best Countries to Visit for Beginner Travelers in 2024

So you want to start traveling, maybe spend your holidays overseas, but have zero experience, and don’t have any idea of what places to visit as a beginner traveler?

Well, if you are new to all this, you better pick an easy place to travel to, but don’t worry, I’ve got a list to help you figure out what are the best countries for first-time travelers,

In it, I included to most popular countries to visit, that do receive a lot of tourists and have a developed travel scene, so that you can start your travel life slowly, without too much cultural shock or tough experiences, until you get the confidence and experience to go further!

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Indeed, with such a big world to see, we feel a bit overwhelmed, especially when planning our first trip. There is so much to see that you don’t know where to start.

Most of the time, your first trip is also the first time in your life that you will find yourself completely alone, having to deal with strangers and fix your problems all by yourself.

Maybe you are planning a trip with your partner, but you guys are clueless about where to go first and what would be the best first country to visit.

Whatever the case, traveling is very important, not only for leisure but for our development as humans, so don’t miss the chance and make the most of your trip!

Just check the list below and choose your first international destination. It doesn’t matter which one you choose, it will be one of the easiest countries to visit, and you will have an awesome trip.

How to Decide the Best Countries to Travel to

To better understand how to pick a destination, especially if you are looking for the best places for first-time travelers, I cover this topic deeply in my post about choosing your destination.

But in general, a nice way to start looking for your first international travel destination is to look for countries that fit the requirements below

Language Barrier

Look for a country that speaks your native language or at least one where English is well spread, so you won’t have major issues with the language barrier.

It is important to make sure that you will have support in case you need, it and that you will be able to solve any problem in an easy way.

Of course, everybody prefers to believe there will not be any problem during their trip, but the truth is that it is inevitable, it is normal to have an issue with your phone, or your luggage.

So in this case, you will want to make sure you will be able to solve it in the easiest way possible.

Tourism scenario

Another point to highlight is if the country is a famous tourist destination and has a well-developed tourist scene and infrastructure.

Everything is better when you have no problem moving around and when it is simple to understand where you are going and how to get there.

Some countries though are easier than others. Most cities in Europe, for example, give total support to tourists, with maps all over the streets, easy public transport, easy ticket offices, etc.

However, countries in South America or some places in Asia don’t offer good tourist support and their public transport can be complicated for new travelers.

Needless to say, you better don’t risk yourself on your very first travel and go for the easy-to-travel countries first, right?

Safety

It is always important to make sure you are traveling to a safe place. This is definitely not a tip for beginners only, but for everybody, please guys, don’t go around jumping on the back of vans.

It is always important to check if the country you want to visit is a safe place.

The countries listed below are all super safe for first-time travelers, but to make sure if a country is safe or not, you can check the US Bureau Consular affair, which also gives tips on the risks and most common dangers of each city around the world.

Best Countries to Visit for Beginners in 2024

Australia - This best countries to visit It includes the easiest countries to travel to and the best travel destinations for first-timers so that you can start your travel life slowly,
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Australia

The first country on the list of those who love to surf. If you are a beach lover, Australia is a great option. But not only that!

Australia has so many things to see across the country, you would need to spend a good time in the country if you wished to see it all. It is a well-developed country and really easy to navigate the cities, and guess what, everybody speaks English here!

If you are looking for an easy country to travel to, that is also an exotic place, nothing better than choosing an Island as your first country to visit.


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Canada

The global capital of politeness. It is a super safe country and its people are very helpful. Besides English, French is also well spread in some areas, like in Quebec. Canada also has amazing natural places to visit like the Banff National Park.

It is definitely one of the easiest countries to travel to especially if you speak English. It is important to note though that warmer months are better, as Canada can get pretty cold during the Winter with some places even remaining closed during this season.


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England

Guess what, everybody speaks English here! In the UK you have many options for countries to visit, England, which is definitely one of the most chosen first destinations for most beginner travelers, and especially for English speakers, is the easiest European country to visit.

London for example is a must-go with important items to mark on your Bucket list, such as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, one of the official residences of the Royal Family. It is also famous for its museums, among them, I suggest visiting the British Museum and the Natural History Museum.


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France

Paris was my very first destination too, and in my opinion, I couldn’t have chosen better. France is a famous destination especially if you like history and culture. Paris is full of Bucket List spots and the country has a variety of beautiful cities to be visited.

The city counts important landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame, and among the many museums in Paris, you will find the biggest museum in the world, the Louvre Museum.

Perhaps not the easiest place to find English speakers but with the well-developed tourism sector, you won’t find big difficulties. Public transport is also really easy to use.

Paris made me completely fall in love with the city and with traveling in general, and if you are into history, culture, and art, this is the perfect city to visit on your first trip.


Italy

One of the most visited countries in the world and with a good reason! Italy has so many important cities to visit, the country has a heavy historical weight and stunning natural places to see.

Rome was once home to one of the strongest Empires and there are plenty of Roman ruins across the city to prove that. Among them, I suggest visiting the Palatine Hills, The Roman Forum, and of course, the star of the show, the Colosseum.

Once in Rome you also won’t want to miss the chance to visit the Vatican and perhaps the Papa. The Vatican City is located in one of the best museums in Rome, the Vatican Museums, which the highlights include the painted rooms, Borgias’ Apartment, and of course, the Sistine Chapel.

But if you prefer natural beauty, the Amalfi Coast is the right option for you. For those not traveling alone, and looking for something more romantic, Venice or the Tuscany region are the places you should look for, if you are an art and architecture lover just like me, head to Florence.

Just like pretty much all of West Europe, Italy has a well-established tourism scene, and many tour operators, and guides.


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Netherlands

Super a small country and easy to navigate. Amsterdam is a great city to start your travels with, beautiful architecture, romantic canals, full of nice cities nearby in case you want to take Day Trips and if you wish, you can go to countries nearby as the prices of tickets are well affordable.

The Netherlands also has one of the cheapest airports in Europe.

Check out this self-guided Amsterdam city walking tour.


Scotland

Scotland, is such a lovely country, especially for those looking for contact with nature, visiting the Highlands, is a truly amazing experience, there you will find beautiful landscapes as well as romantic cities such as Inverness. It is also a good opportunity for you to try your luck looking for the Loch Ness Monster.

Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, is a must for those looking for a more medieval British experience, the city does give good obscure medieval vibes and has a history in every corner, so don’t miss the chance to visit Edinburgh Castle, once home to Mary, Queen of Scots.


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Singapore

In case you want to start your travels in Asia, Singapore is a nice choice. It is actually a city-state located in South-East Asia, its culture mixes the Chinese culture with different local cultures.

Singapore has 4 official languages being the first of them is English!


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South Africa

South Africa is sometimes an even cheaper option if you want to travel to a country that speaks English. Of course, if you want to enjoy your trip fully, and take a safari tour, which you definitely should do since you are in Africa, you must prepare your wallet, as it is very expensive.

But the experience totally worth it, you will be able to see a variety of animals in their natural habitat, and who knows, maybe you manage to see all of the Big Five animals if you are lucky enough!

South Africa is a nice country in Africa to start your travels, it is easy to get around as everybody speaks English, so you won’t feel lost, but at the same time, it is a completely different country with a unique culture.


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Thailand

Besides being super cheap, Thailand is a backpacker hub! It is hard to feel lost knowing there are so many other backpackers around, plus many people speak English there due to the huge amount of tourists the country receives every year.

For those who just started and love exotic destinations, this is the one! I suggest checking these travel tips to visit Thailand. Now, if you are planning to travel as a couple and have the best experiences, don’t forget to check this travel bucket list for couples.

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United States

The United States has so many different places and landscapes to see. You have from big cities like New York to beautiful natural parks, such as the famous Yellowstone, as well as beaches in California, or Florida.

Needless to say, the tourism scene is well developed in the USA, it is a famous destination and you will have many options from tour operators to accommodation and guides.

This is also one of the easiest countries to visit in the world if you have a VISA. The USA is very strict about who is entering their territory and many countries need a VISA to be able to visit it, however, once you are in, the tourism options are almost infinite. It is probably the best country to visit for beginners.


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60 Comments

  1. Italy and South Africa are at the top my my bucket list!!! Thanks so much for the insight!!! 💕💕💕

  2. The Juander Woman says:

    Singapore definitely deserves this list! such a safe country to visit.

  3. I love this! It can be overwhelming to know where to start. I have wanted to go to Singapore for a few years now.

  4. So many great countries, I’m going to be travelling around the US for ten weeks later this year and I’d love to go to Singapore next year.

  5. Wow, I’ve just realised that I visited 8 out of the 10 countries of your list 🙂 I’ve never been to Thailand or Netherlands but I would love to. I’m a truly nature lover so I really enjoyed Western US, Canada & Western Australia for the fabulous breathtaking landscapes. South Africa is really your best chance of seeing wildlife from the big five to the smallest antelope 🙂

    1. Niice!! All of these are amazing countries!! I’m a big fan of landscapes too!

  6. I love your selection. Many countries in Europe as expected. Slightly suprised to see South Africa in the list. I would think it is easy if you do an organized trip, but it is really so easy to travel independently?

    1. I would say it is pretty visit the major cities, the most “complicated” part would be taking the safari tours or something focused on the landscapes, then yeah I think you would need to organize before and contract tours perhaps

  7. My favourite country is South Africa. I love the people, the landscape and variety of cultures.

  8. Christina says:

    I’ve been to quite a few of these, but definitely not all! (Australia, South Africa, Singapore are still on my hit list). I agree that all these are perfect for newbie travellers, especially since tourism is so widespread in most of them. awesome list <3

  9. I agree! Thailand is super cheap and a great Country for a fresh start Traveller 🙂
    On the other hand, France as you said you need to speak French, I have been in France for 9 months and it was veryy difficult.

  10. I’ve found most places in Europe to be fairly beginner friendly. Belgium was way easy, without a huge language barrier and some lovely places to see!

  11. Great list! Italy was one of my first big independent travel destinations and you’re right, it’s super easy to navigate. I’m a little surprised to see the US on here though…as an American who has backpacked extensively in over 30 countries, I still find travel here to be among the most challenging (esp. on a budget). Obviously much easier if you rent/own a car, but if you don’t have the budget for that, it can be hard to get to some of the best places.

  12. I’m a total rookie to international travel so this post is right up my alley. I’ve only been to Spain when I was in college a million years ago – I need to start seeing more outside of the US!!!!!

    1. hahahaha you really should!! Travelling is one of the best ways to invest your money and time, trust me! 😀

  13. I love you selection and have been to most of the coutries you named above. I am still to try Australia and Singapore.

  14. Great suggestions! I don’t consider myself a beginner traveler anymore, but it is still nice to consider countries that will be easier to navigate sometimes.

  15. Definitely agree with these! Especially Thailand. I would also add in New Zealand and Indonesia (Bali) 🙂

  16. This is great! I agree Canada and the UK are great first-time traveler destinations. I still need to make it to Thailand and Italy. Thanks for sharing

  17. Great countries – I so agree with UK, it can be even a quick getaway and you get to explore some amazing locations in an English-speaking country. We’ve been on the road since 2011 and haven’t made it to Africa yet… Hopefully, we will change it soon!

  18. Great advice for new travelers and I definitely agree with UK, US and Canada as great first time options. I hadn’t thought about Singapore as far as Asia goes- thanks for the idea!

  19. Such a helpful post! I need to go travelling!

  20. Sella-themomslifecycle says:

    I start my 1st travel with Singapore as it’s really near with the place i was lived before 😁

  21. Liz Bumstead says:

    I’m always looking for new places to go and all of these look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Great list! I love seeing Thailand on a list for beginners. So many think it’s harder to access

  23. Been to Singapore and Thailand, and I admit, both are great places for first-time travellers.

  24. This is a fab post! Australia, Singapore and the Netherlands are all on my travel bucket lists already but I think I’ll be adding from this post!

  25. Great ideas! And I have to say, even as a seasoned traveler, Italy and France hold a special place in my 💓

  26. I feel like Greece would be good one too! And I will say, that everywhere I’ve traveled, you can get by with a little knowledge of the local language and English.

  27. This is a super useful list! For the most part, Europe is great because almost everyone speaks at least some English (if you’re worried about the language barrier) and you can get almost everywhere on trains / buses – usually easier than you can in the United States.

  28. LOVE this list! I definitely have the travel bug. I’ve been really interested in Thailand for a while, so it was nice to see it on here too! 🙂 Great post.

  29. Sweden could definitely be on that list too. More hipster than the others, everyone speaks very good English, and it’s very safe to travel around. 🙂

    1. Hey Anna, that’s good to hear!! Thank you for the tip! 😀

  30. Great list – there are some favourites on my to visit list up there, like Canada and South Africa. Thank you for the inspiration!

  31. I particularly like France and Italy – beautiful towns and countryside. I’m into languages and so prefer to go somewhere where English isn’t the main language – although that does have advantages 🙂

  32. I love this list! As someone who considers herself a novice traveler, it’s so reassuring to know countries (like Italy) are so easy to navigate as an English speaker. One of my biggest fears of traveling is not being able to communicate well, so this was amazing! Thanks!

  33. So great information, We are going to be travelling around the USA( New York City! Thank you for such a helpful article….

  34. Great Post ! Very detailed and highly informative. Thailand is next on our travel list and these amazing tips will really help and make a difference in our travel. Thank you again for the great tips

  35. Harris air aviation has this exact article written word for word on their page. Who wrote it first?

    1. Thanks for the heads up, just found it, I will contact them.

    1. Hello Francis, thanks for contacting me. “Stole” is actually a strong word, since I gave you credit, your name was there as well as the source, as you could see. I understand that you are now selling your photo, however, when I first downloaded it from your page, it didn’t ask me for any payment, which makes me believe it was indeed free. Anyways, I have already changed the photo, sorry if I caused you any stress. Have a good day.

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