If you are a well-traveled person, you may know that some countries are certainly more welcoming than others. When your plane touches down thousands of miles from home, it’s always nice to be greeted with a friendly smile and a warm embrace. On the other hand it’s never comforting for the welcome to feel slightly frosty and unwanted – ignored, stared at, and just overall uninviting.
Every country around the globe has their own little sense of humanity – rules, norms, traditions – and it makes you wonder, which of the world’s countries are said to have the most welcoming and friendliest people? Judging from a survey done by global expat network InterNations, we’ve created a list detailing some of the countries that polled in as having the friendliest attitudes towards ‘out of towners.’ FYI, USA ranked 36th out of 180…
“80% say people have a friendly attitude towards out of towners.”
Spain is one of the most popular European tourist destinations, attracting people for its relaxed beach vibes and glorious tapas food. It’s said that the friendly attitude comes from the country’s chilled casual vibes and leisurely lifestyle – siesta anyone?.
“81% say people have a friendly attitude towards out of towners.”
America’s northern neighbors have ranked highly, attracting visitors with its glorious natural scenery and charming way of life. It’s a common notion that Canadians are reputably open-minded, tolerant, and benevolent. Right, where’s our passports? We’re moving to Canada.
“83% say people have a friendly attitude towards out of towners.”
Having become an increasingly popular tourist destination – especially for backpackers – Vietnam attracts tourists for its one-of-a-kind beaches and endearing culture. Known to be a particularly safe country, Vietnam ranks highly for its friendly vibes and gentle locals.
“87% say people have a friendly attitude towards out of towners.”
America’s southern neighbors attract a host of different visitors – from beach-goers to hikers – all in searching to get a taste of Mexico’s distinctively vibrant culture. It’s said that Mexico is notably welcoming to people with their positivity and easy-to-adapt way of life that naturally embraces everyone.
“86% say people have a friendly attitude towards out of towners.”
Taiwan is an island off the Eastern coast of China and is not a particularly popular tourist destination. However, it does attract people for its fascinating culture of delightful spiritual temples and the lively central capital hub Taipei. It’s said that the Taiwanese are particularly friendly to visitors as they are proud of their independence from China. They offer an open and warm welcome to foreigners.
“94% say people have a friendly attitude towards out of towners.”
Portugal appeals to tourists for its thriving cities and coastal resorts, beautiful island scenery, and intriguingly lovely food and culture. The country is said to have a great sense of neighborliness, with an attitude of looking out for each other, valuing comradery and geniality.
Well there you have it, folks, if you’re looking to venture off traveling and want to ensure you are greeted with a smile and a perhaps a nice warming hug…You know where to go!