If you’re a beginner traveler, haven’t traveled in a while (or ever), getting into the travel lifestyle can be intimidating. Maybe you traveled before you had kids, but now you’re hoping to start traveling again with a child with special needs, or perhaps you’re brand new to travel and are looking to finally get out and explore the world.
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No matter the reason, if you feel like a beginner traveler, it’s important to consider a location that works best with your needs. Planning a multi-stop route on an iPhone can be handy too if you want to do several places on the way.
Here are my favorite low-key spots perfect for a beginner traveler.
Four top locations for a beginner traveler
One way to start your travel journey off nice and easy is to keep it domestic. Luckily, there are so many exciting places to visit in the US. If you’re looking to stay in the states, one of my favorite cities to visit is Chicago. There is so much to do, and the locals here are happy to share their city with travelers, particularly in the spring and summer. If you’ve never been before, be sure to book an architecture tour to see the city in a way that is both beautiful and relaxing. When you’re done, indulge your tourist side by enjoying a Chicago-style hot dog or a delicious deep dish pizza. Half the fun of traveling is trying new things, so live it up!
Panama City, Florida
Another beautiful location to visit while staying stateside is Panama City. If you and your family are looking to relax by the beach, this is where I’d recommend. Home to pristine white beaches and located right on the Gulf of Mexico, the weather is always lovely and the water is warm. Just grab your favorite towels, pack your beach bag, and you’re sure to have a great time! Plus, you can almost always find a great hotel deal in Panama City beach, which can help keep your vacation under budget. For those with multiple little ones on a budget like us, you know how important that is. Spending less on accommodation means you have more money to spend on an unforgettable vacation with your loved ones.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous and hoping to travel abroad, Tulum, Mexico is somewhere you should definitely consider. Tulum offers an easy starting point for a newer international traveler because it offers a great balance of touristy and authentic experiences. Here, you can explore historic ruins or escape to the stunning beaches. Or, book a food tour and get to know the local culture; it’s totally up to you. For a family looking to explore Mexico without all of the raucous partying of a Cabo resort, this is an opportunity you won’t want to pass up.
Of course, as a longtime Colorado resident, I’m very biased towards this lovely state. However, if you’re looking for a low-stress getaway for you and your family, Denver, Colorado might be just the place. With a perfect balance of vibrant city life and gorgeous outdoor space, the Mile High City has so much to offer for a beginning traveler.
For parents of active kiddos, Denver’s proximity to beautiful hiking trails and camping spots is perfect. Just make sure that you keep everyone hydrated with coconut water or electrolyte drinks because the altitude can be tough to acclimate to. Check out our Colorado bucket list if you need some suggestions of where to go and what to do. Who knows, maybe we’ll see you there!
Starting your travel journey can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be! Whether you decide to stay in the US or travel abroad, a trip to any one of the spots on this list is sure to be fulfilling, entertaining, and fun. So pack your suitcase and hit the road! The world is waiting for you.
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