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Everyone remembers the first time they travelled and the adventures they had. Whether it's your first adventure or you're visiting an exciting destination for the first time, trying and exploring someplace new is always exciting.

Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest selection of awesome places to stay, has conducted global research which reveals the eight most popular destinations that people travel to for their first time.

Eiffel Tower, Photo Ernani Oliveira © SXC.hu

Eiffel Tower, Photo Ernani Oliveira © SXC.hu

Over 15,000 travellers were polled from markets all over the world, but it's Europe that has come out on top. Each location offers a variety of dynamic city experiences with something for everyone to explore and enjoy, whatever your preferences or needs.

Paris, France
The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, The Louvre… it’s easy to see why the French capital has been such a hit with travellers. Consistently popularised by romantic films, Paris is an easy pick for a first time visit.

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London Skyline, Photo Gary Tamin © SXC.hu

London Skyline, Photo Gary Tamin © SXC.hu

Barcelona, Spain
A city rich in history, Barcelona is also home to one of the biggest football clubs in the world. Of course the Nou Camp is a must visit but so is the La Sagrada Familia, one of Europe’s most breath-taking constructions.  

London, United Kingdom
From fish and chips to the Tower of London, Big Ben to shopping at Oxford Street, there’s a tonne of things to eat, see and do in the capital of Great Britain. It’s also one of the most well-connected cities in the world and easy to fly too as well.

Vienna

Vienna’s Burg Theatre, Photo Marc Aert © SXC.hu

Malaga, Spain
From great beaches, historic buildings, citadels and a renowned and vibrant night life scene, the coastal town of Malaga has plenty on offer for any first-time visitor and even repeat visitors too.

Vienna, Austria
A city perfect for exploring, Vienna boasts everything from palaces to cobbled stone pathways and exquisite coffee houses and restaurants. It’s also rather picturesque, which is why it’s such a hit with visitors.

The Coliseum, Photo Salvo Salvocom © SXC.hu

The Coliseum, Photo Salvo Salvocom © SXC.hu

Venice, Italy
There’s an air of romance often associated with Venice and it delivers as advertised. A top choice for lovers and honeymooners, Venice is just perfect for first-time travellers to explore with a significant other.

Rome, Italy
The Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum and the Pantheon – these are just some of the historically significant monuments, travellers to Rome make a beeline to see. And they are all certainly live up to expectations.

Sydney Opera House, Photo Elaine Tan © SXC.hu

Sydney Opera House, Photo Elaine Tan © SXC.hu

Sydney, Australia
The Aussie city is a hotspot for tourists with a wide variety of activities and excursions. Key tourist spots include the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and Darling Harbour.