30 Of The Friendliest Cities In The World
Part of the joy of travel is meeting new people and getting to know a new culture through experience. Sometimes this can be harder though when people are less approachable or don't socialize as much as you are used to.
Fortunately, studies such as The Sociable Cities study do a lot of the work for us and let us know which cities are more open to tourists and strangers than others by analyzing the social behavior and attitudes of over 12,000 residents from 39 major cities in 28 countries. We've also done a bit of research ourselves and added a few more cities that weren't included in the actual survey but that are acknowledged among travellers to be full of welcoming, helpful locals.
Here are some of the friendliest cities around.
30. New Orleans
Louisiana's febrile city has returned to its former glory following the devastation left behind from Hurrican Katrina. Now once more synonymous with its carnivalesque atmosphere, French colonial architecture and historic jazz clubs, New Orleans is all-welcoming and a truly unique place on Earth.
Argubally America's party capital, you'll be hard pressed to walk down the famous French Quarter and not find at least one person smiling back at you with complete warmth and sincerity.