So, it’s almost time you get another visa stamp on your passport. But the world is too big to decide on your next destination in a blink of the eyes. Surely, you’d want to visit a country with friendly people, and a choice of sightseeing and activities to spoil you. So, here’s a list of top ten most welcoming countries in the world, ranked as per the survey conducted by Rough Guides.
10. Bolivia, South America – Brimming with diversity
Snuggled in the heart of South America, Bolivia is often also known as the Tibet of America. There’s diversity in both topography and culture, and the locals are affable people who will be more than happy to welcome and greet you. Preferably, learn a few key phrases of the local language to communicate better.
Global Peace Index 2016 (The lower the better): 2.04
Key attractions: Salar de Uyuni, Tiwanaku, and Isla del Sol
When to go: May to October. This is the dry season with clear skies and thus posing less hindrance in travel. It can be chilly at night, especially in the highlands.
9. Finland, Europe – Country with stunning landscapes
The country where you get to not just see the Northern Lights, but also get to live in the exclusive glass igloos; yup! That’s Finland. It is the safest country in the world as per The Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017. Even though the Finns are known to be reserved, they actually make good friends with travelers.
Global Peace Index 2016 (The lower the better): 1.83
Key attractions: The Northern Lights, Helsinki Cathedral, and Santa Claus Village
When to go: June to August – the climate is warmer and there are lots of festivals to enjoy; and December – the perfect time to see Northern Lights and witness the Christmas spirit.
8. Myanmar, Asia – The ethnicity and architecture will move you
A country where guests are treated as novelty, Myanmar is titled as the World’s Most Generous Country in World Giving Index since 3 years. This Southeast Asian country boasts of over a hundred ethnicities, so there’s a better chance for you to blend in!
Global Peace Index 2016 (The lower the better): 2.26
Key attractions: Inle Lake, Ananda Temple, and Shwedagon Pagoda
When to go: October to March. The weather in these months is cool and pleasant, especially in the hill regions.
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7. Kenya, Africa – Where there’s more than wildlife
Kenya is not just a wildlife haven, it also is home to a community of more than 40 ethnic groups. Most locals are welcoming, and also speak English along with local languages.
Global Peace Index 2016 (The lower the better): 2.38
Key attractions: Masaai Mara, Lake Nakuru, and Amboseli National Park
When to go: June to October. This is the drier season and is said to be the best for wildlife viewing.
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6. Indonesia, Asia – The land of Komodo dragons, beaches, and amazing architecture
Next up in the list of most welcoming counties in the world is the country with brimming grandeur, exotic beaches, lively nightlife, and a lot more. The inhabitants of Indonesia are used to a diverse culture already, and there are more than 100 languages being spoken around.
Global Peace Index 2016 (The lower the better): 1.8
Key attractions: Seminyak, Ubud Monkey Forest, and Tanah Lot
When to go: May to September. During this time, the weather is dry and sunny; perfect to enjoy beach days, sightseeing, and activities.
5. Japan, Asia – A cultural extravaganza
Soaring high in the list of Cultural Resources and Business Travel Category, Japan has the friendliest locals. In spite of many social behaviour ethics in Japanese culture, they understand it if a foreigner fails to imply to all of those unknowingly. Still it’s always better to know a little about the culture and common phrases in local dialect before you go!
Global Peace Index 2016 (The lower the better): 1.4
Key attractions: Mount Fuji, Senso-ji, and Kinkaku-ji
When to go: March to May. The spring season is perfect to spot beautiful cherry blossoms and be a part of the Cherry Blossom Festival.
4. Colombia, South America – Made prettier with Andes Mountain and coffee plantation
The Colombian culture urges to create memories with friends and family. The locals are always willing to welcome with open arms, making sure you feel at home. Even if you’ll take a casual walk on the streets, you’ll stumble upon colorful graffiti.
Global Peace Index 2016 (The lower the better): 2.76
Key attractions: Gold Museum, Tayrona National Natural Park, and Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira
When to go: December to February. This is the driest and the peak tourist season. So, try to go for advance bookings of flights and hotels.
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3. Uganda, Africa – Wildlife, ethnicity, and beyond
According to the Inter-nations Expat Insider 2016 Index, Uganda is among the top three Friendliest Countries in the world. Even though there are more than 56 tribal groups, most of the times language is not a barrier. The expats and travelers feel safe and comfortable here.
Global Peace Index 2016 (The lower the better): 2.15
Key attractions: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Victoria, and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
When to go: June to August and December to February. Both dry seasons are considered the best time for game viewing.
2. India, Asia – Where ‘guest is god’
‘Atithi devo bhava’ (Guest is God) is one of the key values of Indian culture. Locals go out of their way to offer warm hospitality to tourists as well as expats. While you’re exploring there’s a great chance you’ll get invited to their homes, weddings, or other family functions.
Global Peace Index 2016 (The lower the better): 2.57
Key attractions: Taj Mahal, Kerala Backwaters, and Amer Fort
When to go: October to February. Though temperature differs from region to region in this country, this is the time when climate is pleasant in most parts.
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1. Ethiopia, Africa – A country that’s clung on to its legacy
Ethiopia is known as ‘Cradle for Humanity’. Since the country’s never been colonized, the tribal ethnicity hasn’t changed much in long time. The Ethiopian coffee ceremony is a sweet gesture by local women, who roast, grind, and boil the coffee beans to prepare a special coffee for the guest.
Global Peace Index 2016 (The lower the better): 2.28
Key attractions: Simien Mountains National Park, Lake Tana, and Blue Nile Falls
When to go: October to June. The climate is drier and more pleasant than rest of the year. This is a good time to enjoy greenery, wildlife viewing, and a lot of festivals.
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This list was created on the basis of an online survey. So, research well before you freeze on your destination! Which other country, beside the ones mentioned in the list, do you think is the friendliest? So,If you’re sure about your next vacation destination, let our trip specialist help you plan your international trip with ease.
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