You can avoid places with heavy traffic in unfamiliar surroundings,not a good place to be for a newbie.
I have considered traffic as much as possible when planning. But you are quite correct, it will be unfamilar and out of my control. At least I will get to drive on the same side of the road I am accustomed to. Stepping out into traffic in South Africa with a manual transmission on the wrong darn side of the car, driving on the wrong side of the road, where I can't comprehend the street signs made me appreciate beer that night. Not something I would do on a bike.