For many, the warmth
and friendliness of locals can make or break a holiday. To help you choose a
country that will welcome you with open arms, we’ve put together a list of the
top 10 friendliest countries for tourists in 2020.
neighbour is always getting a bad rap for being overly friendly, but that’s
exactly why so many people love it. Canada is a country that always feels like
you’re in a small friendly town no matter where you are visiting, be it the big
cities of Ontario or the remote villages of the Northwest Territories, there are
always welcoming Canadians there to give you a helping hand.
Ireland is the country
of craic. Travelling here, it’s easy to feel like one of the gang, from
enjoying a night at the pub, where you’ll make new friends to exploring the
countryside where everyone will great you with a ‘good morning!’ The
friendliness is infectious. You’ll never have to worry about getting lost here
as there’ll always be a friendly local who will be happy to give you
directions. The Irish are proud of their country and heritage and enjoy showing
tourists around. To summarize just how friendly the Irish are, the traditional
Irish welcome, Céad míle fáilte, literally translates to a hundred thousand
welcomes. What more could a tourist want?
Thailand isn’t dubbed
the Land of a Thousand Smiles for nothing! The country is one of the top 20
friendliest in the world. Explore pristine beaches, exceptional jungles,
historic Buddhist temples and the bustling cities of Bangkok and Chang Mai. If
that’s not enough you can also volunteer in animal sanctuaries or one of the
many environmental initiatives the country has to offer. If you are looking for
adventure, value for money and friendly, welcoming locals, then Thailand is the
place for you.
Portugal has often been
named the friendliest country in the world to visit. The country has a strong
sense of togetherness, with neighbours looking out for one another and
instilling a strong sense of community, even in bustling cities. If this isn’t
enough to tempt you here, the stunning beaches, unique al fresco culture, fine
wines and famous Pastel de Natas will do just that. Make sure to include a trip
to the cities of Lisbon and Porto on your trip, whilst also exploring the wild
Atlantic coast of the Algarve, complete with cliff-edge fishermen and plenty of
idyllic whitewashed houses.
Iran gets a bad rap in
the western press, but the country is home to some of the most welcoming people
in the world. Iranians are well-known for their generous hospitality and you
can expect to receive many invitations for a cup of tea in a local’s house.
Unlike many other places, there is no catch involved and you will not be
pressured to buy anything or be expected to pay for the privilege. Iranians are
just thrilled to have tourists taking an interest in their culture and heritage
and will happily share it with you. It is important to note, however, that if
you have a British or American passport you cannot travel freely in the country
and have to visit through an organized tour.
unsettled political past is currently behind it, with the British govt lifting
flight bans to Sharm El Sheik in 2019. Tourism is a vital form of employment
for many Egyptians, so this means that there is a welcoming, albeit overbearing
attitude towards holidaymakers. In 2020 the country is due to open the Grand
Egyptian Museum at Giza, which will draw more tourists than ever before. The
country’s tourism minister has been working hard ensuring that tourists will
have a safe, enjoyable stay. There is currently an issue with harassment in
Cairo, but outside the aggressive ticket touts, Egyptians are friendly,
welcoming and genuinely thankful that you are coming back to visit their
tourism industry is booming. The country welcomes tourists with a friendly and
gentle vibe and is a much-needed breath of fresh air for tourists looking to
get away from touts or some of the more common tourist scams in South East
Asia. Enjoy your time sipping on a beer and helping locals practice their
English in a street bar in Saigon or dance the night away with newfound friends
in a karaoke bar in Hanoi. It’s easy to make friends with locals here and you
will always find someone willing to help you, without having to pay a price.
are warm, welcoming and friendly. This is the perfect place to let out your
wild side at the biggest known party in the world – the Rio Carnival. The
culture here is varied and exciting and there will always be plenty of locals
willing to chat and exchange ideas with over a drink. The important thing to
remember about Brazil is that even though it is a warm and welcoming country
there are high rates of crime here so you have to vigilant and exercise caution
throughout your trip.
most known as the home of the ancient temple ruins of the sprawling city of
Angkor Wat. Cambodians are happy to help tourists and genuinely appreciate it
when you are interested in their culture and history. It’s easy to feel at home
in Cambodia and you will often be surprised at how much people here will go
above and beyond to ensure you have an amazing holiday.
casual, relaxed pace whilst holidaying in Spain. This popular European
destination is known for its welcoming people, family-friendly ethos and
delicious cuisine. The country has many destinations to choose from, such as
the coastal regions of the south, the Catalan capital of Barcelona to the North
or the cooler region of Galicia where the famous Santiago de Compostela walk is
held. As a tourist in Spain, you can expect a laid-back attitude and plenty of
locals who will be willing to practice their English with you over some tapas
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