The world is too big to jump onto your next travel destination, isn’t it? Surely, you’d like to visit a country with friendly people, and a choice of expedition and activities to make you feel happy. So, have a look at the list of top ten most welcoming countries in the world.
Portugal is also acknowledged to be one of the friendliest countries worldwide. The sunny country offers a warm welcome to its visitors with 36 percent of our respondents saying they felt at home straight away. It’s one of the most welcoming countries in Europe.
Key attractions: Kayaking the Lisbon Coast, Oceanário de Lisboa, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
When to go: The best time to visit Lisbon, Portugal is either from March to May or September to October.
Taiwan is a great expat destination. As per one of the traveler, the “people care about their society”. They are undoubtedly the most welcoming people. 88 percent of the population gives you the vibe of friendliness. It’s one of the most welcoming countries for immigrants.
Key attractions: Taipei 101, Taroko Gorge, Yushan National Park, Sun Moon Lake
When to go: During spring, Taiwan is the best visiting place, between April – June, and during fall, between September – November.
With 93 percent of people agreeing that Mexicans are friendly people and credits to be one of the most welcoming countries. It’s easy to get to know the culture here in addition also easy to make local friends. The best thing that attracts you about Mexico is the “friendliness of the town’s people”.
Key attractions: Zócalo, The National Museum of Anthropology, Templo Mayor and the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlán, The Palace of Fine Arts, etc.
When to go: The ideal time to visit the country is generally between December and April. The coolest months are between December and February, while the wet season starts from May and lasts until October.
Bahrain ranks to be one of the most friendly and welcoming countries as per recent Expat Insider survey. The survey says that Bahrainis have a friendly attitude towards foreign residents.
Key attractions: Bahrain Fort, Gold City, Bahrain National Museum, and Al Areen Wildlife Park.
When to go: Between December to March the temperature is pleasant and from March to April.
5. Costa Rica
Costa Rica is loved because of the friendly locals who welcome the expats with open arms.
Key attractions: Manuel Antonio National Park, Monteverde, and the Cloud Forests, Irazu Volcano National Park, and Braulio Carrillo National Park
When to go: Mid-December to April (the dry season).
Oman outshines with a friendly attitude towards foreign residents and attains seventh place for the friendliest country worldwide. An Indian expat expresses the country as “expat friendly”. You feel more like home in the local culture.
Key attractions: Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Musandam beaches, Masirah Island, and Royal Opera House
When to go: The most pleasant months are from October to April.
Canada is known to be one of the most welcoming countries and also one of the friendliest places in general. According to some people, Canadians are “open-minded, tolerant, and benevolent”.
Key attractions: Niagara Falls, Banff National Park and the Rocky Mountains, Polar Bears of Churchill, Bay of Fundy, and Gros Morne National Park.
When to go: July-August is peak tourist season right across Canada.
8. Bolivia, South America
The country is nestled in the heart of South America, often also known as the Tibet of America. The diversity is reflected in both topography and culture, and the locals are amiable people who are very much happy to welcome and greet you.
Tip: learn a few key phrases of the local language to communicate with Bolivians much better.
Key attractions: Salar de Uyuni, Lemmenjoki National Park, Archipelago National Park, Tiwanaku, and Isla del Sol
When to go: From May to October. This is the dry season with clear skies. It can be freezy at night, especially in the highlands.
9. Finland, Europe
A bucket full of landscapes is what Finland is all about. The country where you witness the magnificent Northern Lights. Also, you get to live in the exclusive glass igloos; sounds great! Finland ranks as the safest country in the world as per The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017. Although the Finns are known to be reserved, they actually make good friends with travelers. It’s one of the most welcoming countries in Europe.
Key attractions: The Northern Lights, Lake Saimaa, and Savonlinna, Helsinki Cathedral, Santa Claus Village, and Lemmenjoki National Park.
When to go: From June to August, the climate is warm. There are lots of festivals to enjoy. December is the perfect month to have the glimpse of Northern Lights and witness the Christmas spirit.
10. Myanmar, Asia
Myanmar, the country of ethnicity and architecture where guests are treated as a novelty. The country is recognized as the World’s Most Generous Country in the World Giving Index for 3 years. This southeast Asian country amplify over a hundred cultural activities and that’s why you get the chance to blend yourself with them. Ethnicity and architecture are the lovely pillars of the country.
Key attractions: Ayeyarwady River Cruise, Inle Lake, Ananda Temple, Shwedagon Pagoda, and Taung Kalat.
When to go: The weather is pleasant in the months of October to March.
11. Kenya, Africa
Kenya sets to be the nation where there’s more of wildlife or we can say it’s a wildlife haven. It gives shelter to more than 40 ethnic groups. The locals here are welcoming and also communicate in English along with their local languages. It’s one of the friendliest countries in Africa.
Key attractions: Nairobi National Park, Masaai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli National Park, and Mount Kenya.
When to go: The best season for wildlife viewing is from June to October.
12. Indonesia, Asia
Indonesia is blessed with Komodo dragons, beaches, and stunning architecture. It is listed in the most welcoming countries brimmed with grandness, awesome beaches, lively nightlife, and a lot more. The natives of Indonesia are used to a diverse culture already, and there are more than 100 languages that are being spoken around.
Key attractions: Lake Toba, Mount Bromo, Seminyak, Ubud Monkey Forest, Tanah Lot, and Raja Ampat Islands.
When to go: The weather is dry and sunny from May to September and a perfect one to enjoy beach days, sightseeing, and activities.
13. Japan, Asia
Japan mounts to be on the list of Cultural Resources and Business Travel Category. Japan owns friendly locals. Despite the fact of many social behavior ethics in Japanese culture, they understand it if an outsider fails to signify all of those unknowingly.
Key attractions: Mount Fuji, Senso-ji, and Kinkaku-ji, Historic Kyoto, Chūbu-Sangaku National Park, and the Japanese Alps
When to go: The spring is ultimate i.e. from March to May to spot beautiful cherry blossoms and be a part of the Cherry Blossom Festival.
14. Colombia, South America
Colombia has enhanced its beauty with Andes Mountain and coffee plantation. The Colombian culture appeals to create lovely memories with friends and family. The locals are always inclined towards making you feel like you’re at home. While you have a stroll on the streets, your eyes will fall upon colorful graffiti.
Key attractions: Gold Museum, Tayrona National Natural Park, Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira, La Guajira Peninsula
When to go: Best time to hit this place is from December to February. It is known to be driest and the peak tourist season.
15. Uganda, Africa
According to a survey, Uganda is among the top three Friendliest Countries in the world. In Spite of more than 56 tribal groups, language is not at all a problem most of the times. The travelers feel safe and comfortable here. The country represents wildlife, ethnicity, culture, and more.
Key attractions: Gorilla Watching in Bwindi National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Victoria, and Hike from Kisoro to Nkuringo and Buhoma.
When to go: The peak months to visit the country are from June to August and December to February. Both dry seasons are known to be the best time for game viewing.
16. India, Asia
India where guests are treated as ‘God”, or ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ (Guest is God). It’s one of the prime values of Indian culture. Locals out of their way offer a warm welcome to visitors as well as expats. While your exploration process, there’s a might chance you’ll get invited to their homes, weddings, or other family functions.
Key attractions: Taj Mahal, Kerala Backwaters, beaches of Goa, Sanchi Stupa, and Amer Fort
When to go: October to February is the perfect time to visit India.
17. Ethiopia, Africa
Ethiopia is known as ‘Cradle for Humanity’ or the “birthplace of humanity”. Since the country has never been colonized or populated, tribal ethnicity has not changed for a long time. The Ethiopian coffee festival is a sweet gesture by local women, who roast, grind, and boil coffee beans to prepare a special coffee for the guests. Amazing!
Key attractions: Simien Mountains National Park, Blue Nile Falls, and Lake Tana.
When to go: The best time to visit Ethiopia is between October and June. This climate is more pleasant to enjoy the greenery, wildlife viewing, and a lot of festivals.
The above-mentioned list is based on an online survey.