The ever increasing number of people who today have access to airline travel has put the great cities of the world within reach of more people than ever before. The increasing number of low cost airlines mean that competition is driving down prices and great deals place less of a strain on the pocketbook than has ever been the case. If you're going to make use of a low cost airline or one of the many ultra cheap specials that are available you're probably not going to get a great meal or free flowing drinks on demand, but the positive is that you'll be able to get to your destination with enough cash on hand to really treat yourself.
If you want to expand your horizons which cities would make the best destination for someone who is new to the idea of intercontinental travel? That would all depend on the individual. If your interests are in exploring different cultures out of the mainstream then more exotic destinations should be in the itinerary.
Places like capital cities in Africa and Asia offer great bases for exploring the regional cultures, sights and sounds of the the less well known destinations. Try Mombasa, or even Bangkok and get your bearings, before setting off into the sunset away from the busy tourist spots.
For those who want to immerse themselves in something different and leave these capital cities behind there is probably no better way to get to know the locals than using public transportation. Sitting in a bus will give you a unique perspective on what makes a country tick.
By doing this you will expose yourself to the same foods and pastimes that are enjoyed by the locals. It's easy enough to check yourself into a resort, but by getting to know ordinary people you're going to make memories that will last a lifetime.
You'll be surprised how friendly locals can be when they see that you are willing to share a bit of discomfort to get to your destinations. It is not unusual to be invited to share a meal or a cold drink. If you really want to make a good impression then learn a few simple phrases in local dialects, your pronunciation may not always be great, but its certainly an ice breaker.
Travel is a great way to expand the mind and broaden your horizons, but remember to take a few common sense precautions. By doing some simple preparation you can make your journey that much more enjoyable. Simple things like carrying some medication to treat an upset stomach, or even simple sticking plaster can make the difference between a miserable time, and fabulous memories that will be with you for the rest of your life.
For those with a thirst for adventure now is the best time to shrug off the worries of home and take to the path less traveled. You'll regret not seizing the opportunity to expand your mind and build a library of new experiences.