By Thomas Lowe
Sometimes planning your trip can be almost as enjoyable as the trip itself — it certainly builds up the excitement. We all want our journeys to be as smooth and trouble-free as possible, but figuring out what transport to take can be stressful, so we’ve taken the worry out of it for you. Here are five of the easiest destinations to travel to.
1. New Zealand
The tourism industry is booming in New Zealand — and they know it. This means that it’s a very easy country to get to, despite the long journey. Flights take 12 hours from the west coast of the US and over 24 hours from the UK, but if you can deal with this then it’s well worth making the trip.
Once you arrive, you’ll have no problems making your way round. There are daily bus and coach services on both islands, or if you’d rather have the freedom of driving yourself then hiring a car is straightforward. Main routes are well sign-posted and the roads are always maintained to a high standard.
However you choose to see New Zealand, there won’t be any shortage of stunning natural scenery for you to admire. Check out the top ten most beautiful views here.
2. The UK
With more than five airports on the outskirts of London alone, the UK has plenty of transport links for the keen traveller to take advantage of, despite being such a small island. (Insurancewith recommends pre-booking your transport to your accommodation, to save you stressing about it when you arrive.) Find more holiday planning tips here.
Once you’re there, it’s easiest to travel from city to city by train. There are lines all over the country and most places have a train station, including country villages.
Local bus services operate in and around cities and will be much more friendly on your budget than taxis. Accessible transport is readily available, with most buses are adapted to accommodate wheelchair users and people with disabilities.
Bus trip tip: Be sure to buy your tickets in advance if you can (it’s much cheaper). Bus journeys normally cost less if you buy a day ticket instead of a return, plus you can take unlimited trips.
Germany’s transport systems are renowned throughout the world for being so efficient, so whether you’re travelling by air or making your way over from another European country, your arrival should go smoothly and without fuss. If you’re a US citizen, all you need to enter the country is a valid passport and then you can stay for up to three months within a six-month period.
The train is the best way to get around once you’re there — there are options for every scenario, whether you want to go cross-country or just to the next town along, and the services are always clean and on time. If you fancy some fresh air, cycling is very popular in Germany, with bike rentals and dedicated cycle lanes in most of the big cities.
You can travel to Canada by car, train, or plane, and the good news is that you only need to show your passport to be granted entry if you’re a US resident. (Click here to read more about the entry requirements for Canada.)
Canada has earned its reputation as a friendly country, with the locals only too happy to help out anyone who’s lost or needs a recommendation or two. It’s enormous, so you may have trouble deciding where to go first — we’ve narrowed it down to Vancouver, where a cosmopolitan city sits beside rugged mountains, and Montreal, which has lots of history, pretty cobblestone streets, and isn’t very far from Niagara Falls.
5. The Seychelles
Looking for luxury? The Seychelles is the place to go. You don’t need a visa, even on entry — just fly in, get your passport stamped, and get ready to enjoy everything these beautiful islands have to offer.
Located off the east coast of Africa, the Seychelles are not cheap, but if you want a secluded paradise and you’re willing to pay for it, you can’t get much better than this. See the sights on a bike ride, or travel from island to island via ferry or catamaran for something a little more relaxing.