The land of the free might be in the bad books of a few countries at the moment, but its citizens aren’t universally hated. In fact, some countries love Americans so much they’re actively encouraging them to set up shop there (shout out to the Aussies). So, forget all your fears, because you’ll find oodles of warm welcomes in these 11 friendly and fabulous places.
Why they love Americans? Indians are some of the friendliest and welcoming on Earth. Wherever you go, and literally whoever you are, they are always happy to help you get about, find a decent meal or just offer up travel advice, regardless of where you’re from. Oh, and they are naturally very curious of Westerners, so much so that their cordiality is infectious!
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1. GuatemalaAn express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.
2. BelizeA quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
3. MexicoAn exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
1. EcuadorA remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.
2. PeruAn alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
1. ItalyThe ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.
2. ScotlandEmbark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
3. PortugalA wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
1. South KoreaDiscover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.
2. ThailandFrom Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
3. Sri LankaA fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
1. MoroccoAn epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!
2. EgyptFrom Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
What’s there to do? From ancient traditions to magnificent landscapes, to exotic markets, regal palaces and thousands of years of culture, India will reignite all your inner passions.
Why they love Americans? It’s all to do with politics. The US has had strong diplomatic relations with Georgia ever since it gained independence from the Soviet Union, back in the 1990s. Both nations trade openly and are concerned with their respective security. After George W Bush visited in 2005, they named a major avenue in capital city, Tbilisi, after him. And because of such strong diplomatic ties, US citizens can stay visa-free for up to one year.
What’s there to do? Aside from being the birthplace of wine (so, they say), the roughly West Virginia-sized country is visually stunning. Instagram everything from the wildflower-swept Caucasus Mountains in the east, to the breathtaking beaches that line the Black Sea in the west.
Why they love Americans? Aussies love a good yank. Why? Because you both have so much in common. From republican sentiment (some are waiting to be free from the grip of British rule), to comparing the NFL with Aussie footie, and a general enthusiasm for life, you’ll find plenty to break the ice on.
What’s there to do? Backpack the outback, dine in cosmo cities or simply just lay on a beach up in Queensland. Whatever you’re up for, Down Under accommodates every kind of wanderluster.
Why they love Americans? Easy, both countries are practically best friends again since the travel and trade ban between the two was lifted. And then there’s the obvious: Americans love to spend, and Cubans love to sell. Match made in heaven.
What’s there to do? Cuba is old school cool. Cuba is colourful houses and vintage cars. Cuba is an escape from the unknown. Cuba is a quiet stroll through winding streets. Cuba is vibrant culture. We could go on and on.
Why they love Americans? Well, some saythey don’t like Americans at all, but the Japanese are some of the most kind, welcoming and patient people on the entire planet. But it’s not just about temperament, the people of Japan have adopted snippets of American culture gracefully. How so? One of the most unusual (albeit hilarious) of these cultural adoptions includes eating buckets of KFC on Christmas Day. How strange.
What’s there to do? Japan is without doubt, timeless. A place where ancient customs effortlessly fuse with the conveniences of modern-day life, explore everything from the electric streets of Tokyo, to the cherry blossom-lined avenues of Kyoto. Spoiler alert: it’s magical.
Why they love Americans? Putin and Trump are best friends. Just kidding. Tensions thaw and freeze when it comes to these two powerful nations. With the freeze comes curiosity, and it’s because of this that Russia has become quite the forbidden fruit with American tourists. As we know, Americans love to rebel, and Russia loves a rebel, so it’s only natural the Russians themselves would start to admire the average Joe and Jolene.
What’s there to do? Once you’re in possession of a visa (they’re notoriously hard to get) Russia is your oyster. Selfies in the Red Square, famous dancers at the Bolshoi and thousands upon thousands of miles of unexplored terrain await in this truly exceptional and culturally diverse country.
Why they love Americans? They are neighbours and Canadians are famous for being super friendly. The two nations don’t just share a border, though. Their close proximity means they share a lot of common ground, both socially and politically. Their leaders might be worlds apart, but there’s always room for a spot friendly banter and a political dig.
What’s there to do? Canada is 150 years old this year. As part of the celebrations, it is offering free admission to all its National Parks, marine conservation areas and historic sites throughout 2017. And don’t forget the poutine in Montreal. One word: NOM.
Why they love Americans? They were once war buddies. Thailand struggled with insurgencies during the Vietnam war. To cope, they formed a partnership with the States to keep the communist advances in neighbouring countries at bay. The relationship was far from easy, but it basically laid the foundation for Thais to get used to Americans, as the latter have kept visiting over the years.
What’s there to do? What isn’t there to do? That’s the real question. There are endless sprawling beaches in the east and magical, misty mountains in the north, but let’s face it, Thailand is one of those places you eat your way around. Pad Thai crawl. End of.
Why they love Americans? The Republic of Ireland may as well be an American state. Granted they’re separated by an ocean, but the home of leprechauns and rainbows shares many of the same political and social values as the United States. By heck, if you’re reading this, you’ve probably got an ounce of Irish blood in you.
What’s there to do? Trek Donegal, explore the wonders of Killarney National Park, venture out to see the Skellig isles, and of course, get blind drunk with your mates in Dublin’s Temple Bar.
Why they love Americans? Three simple things: Both speak English, both spend American dollars and both escaped their former British rulers. Yeah, Belize is definitely your new bestie.
What’s there to do? Explore the country’s dazzling Blue Hole. Just look at it. Adventures in the abyss for days.
Why they love Americans? Over the years, it’s safe to say the relationship between these two great superpowers has been a little strained, but ever since war ravaged Europe, both have settled their differences and formulated a very special bond – one which has seen a huge swathe of Americans move to the UK and vice versa. While there might be a spot of low-key antagonism between you both, don’t deny the fact that you actually really do love each other.
What’s there to do? Too much. There’s the beauty of the Peak District, the charm of the English countryside, the mammoth hills of the Scottish Highlands, and of course there’s thousands of years of history to be uncovered in ancient cities up, down and across the entire country. And with Brexit, it couldn’t be a better time to explore places like London. #cheaphotels
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