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Posted by2 months ago

Countries/cities with the friendliest locals?

Where have you stayed that the local people seem to really enjoy and appreciate your presence?

Especially with a lot of discussion recently about CDMX and other "hotspots" where there's a bit of animosity towards DNs, and the way intense tourism often ruins places for locals... I'd love to hear of any places where tourisn seems to exist relatively harmoniously, and travelers are welcome and appreciated?

Of course, I know this is highly subjective, and also depends a lot on luck. But I'm curious anyways. Considering a few international locations for the next few years, and I thought this would be an interesting way to get some ideas.

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I'd say Portugal in Europe is quite friendly. Georgia if you're looking for something a bit more adventurous

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I’ve been curious about Georgia for a while. Is it safe and have reasonable supply of goods and services?

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· 2 mo. ago · edited 1 mo. ago

I experienced nothing but warmth, friendliness, and hospitality in Guatemala, especially in Quetzaltenango (Xela).

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spent a month in Xela, absolutely loved every minute of it. What a wonderful city

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I enjoyed this answer

Like there is superficial "Oh how cute a foreigner" friendly, and a spectrum all the way up to genuinely being open to real connection without judgement.

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· 2 mo. ago

Lol I can assure you, that is not strictly an Albanian or Georgian thing. I'm Canadian and I swear, if you're not married or settled down by ~30 or so, people also assume you're incapable of forming a relationship.... when in reality, it might just be that you have other things you prioritize over settling, at least until a certain age.

The truth is, when you have choices, you're more likely to choose something "different". People who grow up in places with strong social pressures to do things (or even also lots more social support, because in reality, many countries offer families/young parents way more support than western countries do, thus making it easier to do that) are obviously going to do those things. It's actually harder in a lot of western countries to settle down young. I'd say it's harder in non-western countries to be a DN or to "pursue" other things. The weird thing about being from the "west" is we both have the pressures to do those things and yet our society actively makes it extremely difficult for us lol. At least in those countries, their families aren't just weird nuclear family units. They have actual community support.

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I don't think you're going to find any low price destinations that involves finding people like this. Only people in the richest countries on earth can afford a DN lifestyle.

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Been to over 60 countries still trying to find people as nice as Ghana and Tanzania truly wonderful people

Caribbean people get damn close though

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Taiwan for me is a place with the most friendly people as in genuinely friendly, curious and interested in talking to you.

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· 2 mo. ago
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Taiwan is legit. From the moment I got off the plane, people went out of their way to help me and take me in.

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May I suggest NOT going to Taiwan at the moment 😅

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Indonesia. The friendliness of the locals lead to finding the love of my life and also led me to learn more about myself.

I am not talking about Bali. While Balinese are still relatively friendly, they tend to scapegoat tourists and Javanese for problems they cause themselves.

West timor and North Sulawesi had the friendliest locals by far.

Malaysians are also very friendly, but difficult to generalize.

South Africa i only stayed as a tourist, but everyone there was incredibly nice.

Albanians we're also quite friendly, but i was there around 6 years ago and a lot has changed since.

Worst: India. My passport got taken for ransom. I had to engage in fights to get to my taxi and so much more.

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East Africa

Vietnam, especially in the north

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well, I think Bhutan can beat any country, any day on this topic. Truly a gem of a place

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always wanted to go here!

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Thailand as a whole is pretty unrivaled. Everyone is just so friendly.

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Going to Bangkok in 1.5 months. Super excited

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Philippines

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It's so sad about Mexico. I just got my temporary residency last year and I was planning to move there, but now I'm afraid of the animosity toward immigrants

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Have you experience any or just read about it online? I’ve been to Mexico a ton and only experience warm people even on DF.

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Makes me laugh. They keep migrating to the USA, now Americans are Migrating to Mexico, they cannot complain ;)

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Ireland is crazy friendly. You can ask complete strangers for just about anything, they’ll do it and they’ll be smiling. For me as a german fellow, it’s almost to much.

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