Going abroad for the first time: the best places for your vacation

Where to go abroad for the first time

Where to go abroad for the first time in 2019? There is a lot to think about. Especially when you don’t know anything yourself and are very nervous (first time, after all!). A long, long time ago 13 years ago we took our first trip abroad to Turkey, and we didn’t regret it! We still love it to this day. Since then we have visited 30 countries, were left without money and a passport in Vietnam, almost went to Antarctica and almost bought an apartment in Bulgaria. Having gone through fire and water, we made our rating, where to go to vacation abroad for the first time. And also what path through the country every self-respecting tourist should make. What a pity that in our time such useful articles have not yet invented.

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Where to go abroad for the first time

What do I need to consider when traveling abroad for the first time? There are many countries for recreation, but for the first trip is better to choose the one that is closer and where there are more of our tourists. You’re unlikely to be impressed by a trip for the first time abroad to dangerous Kenya or little-known Uganda.

  • Most popular countries, where you can go for the first time are Turkey, Tunisia, Cyprus. Why is it so popular? No visa (to Cyprus is free online), there is an all-inclusive system, affordable prices (the cheapest – Turkey and Tunisia, more expensive – Cyprus).
  • All European countries need a Schengen visa – Greece, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic (exceptions – Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina), there are countries with their own visa, for example, Bulgaria. It is not difficult, but those who go abroad for the first time are often worried and try to exclude this moment. Moreover, in an empty passport probability to get a multi-visa is extremely low (well, Italy is now gives out visas well, at least for six months).
  • Visa-free countries that are gaining popularity are Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia.
  • If you really want to go far away, the visa-free Vietnam and Thailand will do – there is the best infrastructure and entertainment of all Asian countries (Thailand wins in this regard).
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Greece

  • You need a Schengen visa.
  • Tours in Greece cost from 16000 rubles per person in 1/2 DBL
  • When to go: beach season from June to September (May and October as you’re lucky)

Most tourists go to this Mediterranean country to bask on the beach, enjoy evening walks on the promenade, buy something interesting in the local stores.

The beginning of the bathing season in Greece is in early June, the sea is already warm by this time, but in different ways. In Halkidiki (northern Greece) the average water temperature does not exceed +20 degrees, in Crete +23-24. From mid-June the sea gets warmer and warmer every day. And the air temperature sometimes rises to +35 and above. If you like hot weather, go to Crete, Corfu, Zakynthos or Kos. Crete has the most suitable climate for the guests from our country – it’s warm and dry but the refreshing north wind helps to bear the heat. On Corfu it is also warm, but more humid.

Many Greeks have wives either from Russia or the former Soviet Union. From female names the most common are Katerina and Elena. The local population treats all visitors, including our compatriots, in a friendly way. In general, Greece is not a bad option, where you can go abroad for the first time in 2019.

Where to go to vacation abroad for the first time

Georgia

  • No visa required for up to 360 days
  • When to go: spring and summer

Getting there is easiest with direct flights to Tbilisi and a few provincial cities. Almost everyone understands and can speak Russian. Crime is low, the population is friendly and welcoming. Most tourists taste wine, try khinkali and khachapuri. Those who want an extreme, go to the mountains.

In Tbilisi, the old city, there is a relaxed, peaceful atmosphere. You can wander through the narrow streets, see the ancient carpets, openwork lattices on balconies and windows.

Batumi is located on the Black Sea coast. Very lively and charming city. The main attractions – musical fountains, moving monument to lovers, alphabet tower and beaches. In many places you can rent bicycles, and at the fish market you can taste the fish cooked right in front of you.

Sighnaghi is a cozy, picturesque little town in eastern Georgia. It offers a beautiful view of the Alazan Valley. So Georgia is another good country to go on vacation abroad for the first time, and without a visa.

Where can you go abroad for the first time

Tunisia

  • You don’t need a visa for up to 90 days.
  • When to go: May to October

This country has long been, along with Turkey, Egypt and Cyprus. Cyprus, is considered among the Russians a place for a budget holiday. You can exchange dollars for the local currency. The best time to vacation is April-June and September-October. In summer – the heat is intense, without air conditioning you can not do.

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In the traditional Tunisian cuisine there is no spices as in the Arab cuisine, so it is close to the European cuisine. Most of the natives prefer meat, fish and poultry cooked on a spit, skewers or special grills.

Many stores and shopping centers of different sizes. Very popular is medin (market). Prices on it inflated at times, but those who know how to bargain have a chance to buy the things you like at a reasonable cost.

Beach lovers can be recommended to head to Djerba. Have a good rest there even in winter. Among the historical monuments and attractions are the most famous – the fortress Borj El Kebir and the synagogue El Grib. Those who want to tickle their nerves are welcome to visit the crocodile farm. In addition, Djerba has everything you need for surfing and diving.

If you can’t imagine your vacation without noisy parties and parties, go to Sousse. During the day at this resort you can go scuba diving, ride a jet ski, and soak over the sea in a water parachute. Monastir is an ancient, but thriving Tunisian city. The best beaches of the resort are away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Prices are slightly lower than in the capital. So Tunisia is another option on the list of where to go to vacation abroad 2019 for the first time.

Montenegro

  • Visa: not needed between April 15 and October 31 (up to 90 days)
  • When to go: from June to October

Montenegro is associated with the sea, mountains and mind-blowing scenery. Getting there is easy, there are direct flights from Moscow to Tivat by Pobeda, and the tour operator Biblioglobus flies to Podgorica. The locals are friendly and helpful. I can meet people who know Russian. The Montenegrin cuisine is very good, all products are ecologically pure.

So this is another visa-free country, where to go for the first time abroad in 2019. It has the most delicious air, a lot of attractions, well-developed public transport and many inexpensive excursions (literally from 15 euros). Tourists most often go to Budva, and we really like the small towns on the coast of Boko-Kotor Bay.

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Spain

  • You need a Schengen visa.
  • Trips to Spain cost from 21000 rub. per person in a 1/2 DBL hotel.
  • When to go: from June to October

On its Mediterranean coast the swimming season starts in June and lasts till October. The water temperature is +21 degrees during the first month of the season, rising to +25 degrees by August. Spain’s continental beach resorts include the Costa de Sol (Andalusia region), Costa Tropical (Comarca area), Costa Brava (northeast of Catalonia), Costa Dorada (south of Barcelona), Costa Blanca (Alicante Province), San Sebastian (Guipuzcoa Province).

Among the island resorts the most famous are Ibiza, Mallorca and Minorca.

In the Atlantic Ocean – Tenerife, Gran Canaria and La Palma. Gran Canaria, La Palma, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura. Fuerteventura. In general, Spain is a popular country to go on vacation abroad for the first time.

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Where to go abroad for the first time

Italy

  • You need a Schengen visa.
  • Tours to Italy cost from 17000 rubles per person in a 1/2 DBL hotel
  • When to go: from June to October

Although many people learn about this country by studying history at school (the Roman Empire, etc.), the tourist introduction to Italy for most begins with a resort vacation. This country is also suitable as an option to go abroad for the first time. You can sunbathe and splash in the sea from June to mid-September. In the northern resorts in early summer, the water is not quite warm. The farther south, the warmer it is. In July and August it is always hot, but the flow of tourists is still big. In many seaside towns, when August comes, a large number of jellyfish nestles to the shore, bathing becomes impossible.

The resort of Rimini is an excellent place for a budget holiday. The beach strip stretches for 15 km, there are both paid and free sections. To the surprise of most of our compatriots in public transport you can often find instructions in Russian. With menus in restaurants and explanatory signs in popular, visited places, too. There is enough space on the beaches, even in the peak season.

Where to go to vacation abroad for the first time

Azerbaijan

    Visa: not required for visits of up to 90 days.
  • Destination Date must be no greater than 30.

It is better to start acquaintance with the country with its capital – Baku. You will like both the buildings of the old city and the straight-lined avenues, flaming towers of glass and concrete of the Soviet and current times. Very beautiful promenade. Many people like the Azerbaijani cuisine.

In Russian speaks almost all the older generation and to some extent the youth, but the knowledge of basic English will not hurt.

For families with children we can recommend Bilgea village. The sea is shallow there and there is a beach zone of luxury. Zagulba resort is located 70 km from Baku. The sea bottom is rocky and the water is crystal clear. On the beaches are equipped with swimming pools, children’s play areas, bars, cafes. There is free Wi-Fi. In general, you can guess that this is a good option where you can go abroad for the first time.

Armenia

    Visa: not required up to 180 days
  • Destination Date must be no greater than 30.

This is not yet as popular as Georgia or Azerbaijan as a tourist destination. But it is a good option for those who love sights and interesting places to visit for the first time. There is a lot to see here. Armenia has many cultural and historical sites and picturesque nature.

The population is very friendly. Almost everybody knows Russian language. Tasty and very unique national cuisine.

Turkey

  • Visa: not required up to 60 days.
  • Tours in Turkey cost from 13000 rubles, “all inclusive” from 16000 rubles.
  • When to go: May to October
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The most visited Turkish resorts are those that are located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. This is just the peak of the season from year to year, where you can go abroad for the first time. Antalya has the highest number of charter flights from the Russian Federation. The Aegean coast in wishing a good holiday is also not lacking. There are many historical and natural attractions nearby. The water in the Aegean Sea is cooler than the Mediterranean and cleaner than it. There are fewer sandy areas along the coast, stony ones predominate.

The resort of Kemer in this regard is no exception. Lovers of sunbathing on the sand is better to look for another place. If you want to have fun in the youth clubs, choose Marmaris or Bodrum.

Where to go to vacation abroad for the first time

Thailand

  • Visa: not necessary up to 30 days
  • Tours to Thailand cost from 29000 rub.
  • When to go: in Phuket and Pattaya from November to March, on Samui from May to September

The Russian language here, with rare exceptions, no one knows. Basic English can save you. If you can afford it, hire an interpreter. The north and the rest of the country are very different from each other. There are no particular problems with safety, but you must be careful on the roads. It is difficult to get there, the flight is long and involves a connection. You are lucky if the travel agency has a charter.

In general, Thailand is a good option to go abroad for the first time. But be prepared for a long flight, there is nothing you can do.

Where to go to vacation abroad for the first time

Vietnam

  • Visa: not required up to 15 days
  • Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Phu Quoc: December – April, Nha Trang: December – June

This country will not leave anyone indifferent. It is good for those who like a quiet holiday at the resorts, will also please those who like to travel. The latter is best done from south to north and vice versa. With English the local population is tight. Russian is spoken by some of the inhabitants almost as a native language. Many Vietnamese studied in universities of our country. Stay without a visa allowed up to 15 days. For a longer period of time you’ll have to apply for it, but you can do it online. They stick the visa directly at the airport. You have to change planes.

Of the distant countries, Vietnam is the best country to go abroad for the first time.

Where to go abroad for the first time

  • Visa: free pro-visa is issued online from 1 to 24 hours
  • Tours to Cyprus cost from 13000 rubles.
  • When to go: May to October

It’s not a big island, but it has a well-developed infrastructure. You can plan a trip on your own. Safe. Not many people speak Russian, mostly guides, hotel employees and vendors in supermarkets. If you do not want difficulties with the visa, be sure to take a direct flight from Moscow, then it can be done online. Otherwise, you will have to apply for a national visa.

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Cyprus is a very popular country to go abroad for the first time.

Where to go abroad for the first time

Estonia

  • You need a Schengen visa.
  • Can be reached by car or bus
  • When to go: anytime

The best place to start experiencing this former Soviet republic is Tallinn. The old city is very well preserved. Everything is well maintained, beautiful and nice. Crime is low. Most tourists visit Tallinn as one of the intermediate points in your journey, on a cruise or by ferry from Helsinki. You can get to Tallinn by direct flight or bus from St. Petersburg.

Latvia

    Schengen visa required
  • Destination Date must be no greater than 30.

Must visit Old Riga. The buildings, narrow streets and cobblestone road create a unique atmosphere of a medieval city. You can’t walk in heels, they will get stuck. In the Catholic cathedral there are often musical evenings, the organ sounds. There are almost no problems with the language. There are direct flights from Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Where to go abroad for the first time

Bulgaria

  • Bulgarian or Schengen visa required (Bulgarian visa is easier to obtain and cheaper).
  • When to go: from June to September

Bulgaria is a good choice for youth and active holidays as well as for relaxed family holidays. The country is Slavic, with a clear mentality. For tourists with modest incomes suitable resorts Varna, Golden Sands, Kranevo. Young people and those who like to party noisily will like the central part of Sunny Beach and Primorsko. Families with children can visit Pomorie, Dunes, Lozenets, Ravda, Elenite, Sveti Vlas, Tsarevo, Aheloy. Apart from a beach vacation, you can see a lot of historical and cultural attractions.

If you are deciding where to go abroad for the first time, Bulgaria has a lot of advantages and only one disadvantage – you need a visa.

Where to go abroad for the first time

Czech Republic

  • You need a Schengen visa.
  • When to go: summer, spring, autumn, winter (especially popular New Year).

Most visitors to this West Slavic country tend to see Prague. For tourists from Russia, the above applies in full. Compared with many other European capitals, the prices in Prague are reasonable. You can buy a tour (if you are lucky, it’s cheap) or see the city on their own. A week and a half is enough for this. One day left for Karlovy Vary, Dresden and Kutna Hora.

There are always a lot of tourists in the Czech Republic. If you want a quieter holiday, cheap transport and infrastructure will allow you to easily travel to other European countries.

Uh, now you know where best to go abroad for the first time in 2019. Our choice is visa-free Turkey and Cyprus, and if you immediately want exoticism, then Vietnam and Thailand. The rest is up to the amateur, but not bad either.

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