Here Are 12 International Vacation Spots Anyone Can Visit

2023-03-31 01:08:46 - Drany Macley Drany Macley, the senior editor of, brings extensive journalism background and over eight years of experience in travel writing and editing to the site, offering practical insights and first-hand knowledge through articles on innovative hotels, backed by a BA in Journalism from Ithaca College.

Many would-be travelers aren't as open-minded as those who are willing to go virtually anywhere in the world. My family has never shared my enthusiasm for travel, but I've always had a thirst for adventure.

They fear the unfamiliar environment, language barrier, and cultural norms that they may encounter while away from home. As a result of these concerns, they never take a vacation outside of Hawaii.

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These are all valid worries, but there are many options for travel beyond the United States. S in which none of these issues are relevant

I mean, let's be honest, my parents aren't going to be convinced to go to India or Japan, but I think I can convince them to go abroad if it's close to home and has simple transportation options.

If you have been putting off taking a trip outside the United S If you're afraid to travel abroad, but still want to see the world, take a look at these simple itineraries. My parents are cautious travelers, but they could see a whole new world if they were willing to go even further than the typical 5-6 hour trip.

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These spots were chosen according to these criteria:

  • Accessible via short flight (typically no more than 6–7 hours from major cities).
  • When visiting a resort, you can expect to hear only English spoken everywhere.
  • There is not a need for extensive preparation. In fact, at the beach destinations, you don't even have to leave the resort to have a good time.
  • Similar to American customs and traditions in many respects S to alleviate any feelings of awkwardness or uncertainty

Simple Itineraries for 12 International Vacations

First: Cancun, Mexico

Located in Playa de Secreto, Mexico, the Valentin Imperial Maya Resort is a popular vacation destination.

The United States' most popular vacation spot is Canc S foreign tourists Several factors contribute to this, all of which make the location convenient for tourists. Because of its proximity, flights to Cancun are typically quick and reasonably priced.

Along the coast of the Mayan Riviera, incredible all-inclusive resorts dot the white sand beach. You should exercise some caution as you explore the area (I wouldn't advise getting a rental car and driving around on your own).

One of the most memorable experiences of my travels was swimming in a cenote, and there are many reputable tour operators ready to take you there. Outside of the resorts in Cancun, visitors can experience authentic Mexican culture.

Puerto Rico, No. 2

Puerto Rico The Island of Puerto Rico

In geometry terms, it is a U. S territory, not a different country; the distinction is moot. San Juan, the capital, has a relaxed vibe that makes for a pleasant vacation thanks to its cobblestone streets and lively nightlife, and the island's famous golden-sand beaches are not far away.

There are many nice resorts in the city and right on the beach that can meet all your needs and make you feel at home during your vacation. All you have to think about is which cocktail to get.

Three, Toronto, in Canada

Toronto Skyline The City of Toronto

Toronto, the fifth-largest city in North America and a very modern metropolis on the shores of Lake Ontario, is often compared to New York and Chicago. This is a wonderful and simple destination to enjoy without the stress of language barriers if you like city life, including lively markets, exciting restaurants, and world-class museums.

There are many direct flights from major airports in the United States to Toronto, and those departing from secondary airports typically only have one stop. You can get there from Portland, Oregon in under 6 hours, and from New York City in under an hour and a half.

Dominican Republic, Number 4

Dominican Republic at sunset Sunset in the Dominican Republic

Punta Cana and Santa Domingo, two of the Dominican Republic's best beaches, are popular with tourists from the United Kingdom and the United States. S People from all over come to soak up some rays A flight from Miami takes less than an hour, and once there, you can stay at a luxury resort that offers all-inclusive packages.

There is plenty to do and see at the resort without ever leaving the premises. Costa del Coco (Coconut Beach) stretches for more than 40 miles, offering stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and the Dominican Republic. The island's mountains, streams, and valleys also offer stunning natural beauty.

  • Find Punta Cana lodgings.
  • Find Santo Domingo accommodations.

5. The Island of Grand Cayman

grand cayman islands Isle de Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman is a wonderful place to unwind and indulge, with its miles of untouched beaches and thriving culinary scene. You can drive around the entire island in a day, from Seven Mile Beach on the west side to the East End.

Grand Cayman was almost left off the list because driving on the left can be intimidating to some tourists, but the good news is that you don't need a car to get around the island.

You can spend a week at one of many fantastic resorts without leaving the premises. Pick a hotel on Seven Mile Beach, and you'll have easy access to all the area has to offer.

» Try to find lodging in Grand Cayman

Sixth, French River Barge Cruises in Style

Inside the Finesse hotel barge The Finesse's Hotel Barge's Interior

Barge cruises are something you should investigate if you haven't already. Taking a barge cruise is relatively simple compared to other types of vacations. The entire trip has been meticulously planned for you, and you will have a dedicated driver and tour guide at your disposal at all times.

Thus, even in France, where the language and customs might be a little different from the U S , you need not fret about it even for a moment An English-speaking guide will accompany you at all times.

One of the best ways to have a totally relaxing vacation is on a luxury barge cruise. The boat slowly travels along the canal, taking in the breathtaking scenery of the surrounding countryside. Daily, you take trips to local attractions like wineries and museums.

A trained chef takes care of everything related to your meals and serves them to you. You can take your time strolling or cycling alongside the boat as you travel down the canal. Alternatively, you can relax and take in the sights.

European Waterways are the best, so make sure you check them out. Our entire experience on a barge in Burgundy, France is reviewed here for your perusal.

7. Iceland

iceland Iceland's Gullfoss Waterfall

Iceland is a perfect destination for fearful travelers due to its abundance of natural wonders and breathtaking beauty. All of your activity registration needs can be met by the tour companies' ingenious online portal.

Everything from airport pickup and drop-off to day trips to the Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, and Northern Lights tours, and more, can be arranged through a single company. All of your excursion arrangements will be made by one company for one flat rate. That's the simplest case possible.

English is spoken wherever tourists are likely to be in Reykjavik, but the local language is Icelandic. If you visit Iceland in the winter, you could possibly witness the Aurora Borealis.

8. Ireland

Ireland road trip Bridge at Ashford Castle, Iceland

Ireland is a very convenient country to visit. In order to see as much of the picturesque countryside as possible, most visitors rent cars. To begin, you should arrive in Dublin and spend a few days exploring the city.

Then drive to the west side of the country, a route known as the "Wild Atlantic Way." Donegal, Clare, Galway, and Kerry are just some of the most visited counties in Ireland.

Some of our favorite areas to explore are part of Ireland’s Ancient East, which includes Tipperary and the adorable town of Kilkenny, plus Kildare

In Ireland, English is the primary mode of communication. Many hotels provide free parking and the roads are clearly marked. It's a breeze to get around, save for the left-hand-drive restriction. Remember that any car rental in Ireland requires the purchase of additional insurance. It must be done.

Place #9: Scotland

The Royal Mile in Edinburgh Photographed by Savored Journeys, Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

A trip to Scotland, aside from the language barrier, is like exploring a pristine, natural paradise. The majority of tourists begin their journey in Edinburgh or Glasgow before heading north into Scotland's breathtaking countryside.

Check out our guides to Edinburgh, the Scotch Whisky Trail, and the beautiful region of Fife to get a taste of what you're missing in Scotland. Amazing cuisine, perfect for gourmands, can be found there.

We also think you should check out some of the islands, like Skye and Islay (especially if you like peaty whisky). )

Check out our sample itineraries for 7 days in the west and east of Scotland.

Tenth, New Zealand

Auckland View of the Auckland Cityscape from the Water

Getting around New Zealand's North or South Island by rental car is simple. Unless you have at least two weeks and don't mind a lot of driving, a quick flight between the two Islands is probably necessary due to distance.

We started our trip in the vibrant and eccentric city of Auckland, where we indulged in some fantastic wine tasting on Waiheke Island. If you're a fan of The Lord of the Rings, you should definitely check out Hobbiton and the nearby glowworm caves. Check out our 7-day itinerary for the North Island, a beautiful and accessible destination.

You may also be interested in reading about the 9 most romantic places in New Zealand, which we recently published.

As Number Eleven, Australia

Sydney, Australia Australia's Sydney

While it is possible to drive from one town to the next in Australia, travel between the larger cities will necessitate flights. It's essentially one giant country. In addition to our favorite wineries in South Australia (Barossa, McLaren Vale, and Adelaide), you can enjoy the city of Sydney, which is full of exciting attractions like wonderful beaches and cafes.

Both Melbourne and the nearby Yarra Valley wine region were highlights of our trip. If you want to see something that is truly unique to Australia, you can also take a tour of the outback or the Great Barrier Reef.

Australia has a warm and welcoming population who speak fluent English.

London, England, number 12

London bridge

The English countryside outside of London is another great place to visit. It's easy to feel at home in England because of the common language and customs. S, it's a vacation spot that won't force you to stretch too far beyond your normal routine.

If you don't feel comfortable driving on the left, don't worry; London is full of exciting attractions. Visit the London food markets, especially our favorite Borough Market, if you have a taste for fine cuisine. Find below a detailed itinerary detailing how to visit all of London's must-see attractions along the Thames in a single day.

You can avoid driving to popular tourist destinations like Stonehenge, Windsor, and Bath by taking advantage of the excellent train networks.


Check out how simple it is to travel abroad. There are plenty of places in the world that are accessible without feeling intimidating or dangerous. Getting from point A to point B doesn't have to be a hassle or a source of anxiety. Go out and experience the world.

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Laura in the vineyards of New Zealand

Author and world traveler Laura Lynch is also a sommelier and an expert on regional cuisines from around the globe. She has visited 70 countries and written about travel and cuisine for over 20 years.

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