Readers of Condé Nast Traveller have voted and rated Dominica as the Friendliest Country in the World for its 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards. The friendliest countries are decided on by surveying travellers from around the globe.
“They say you can travel the world and never find anywhere as welcoming as home, but we don’t quite think that’s true,” the magazine wrote in an introduction to the top friendliest countries in the world.
“From the ever-beaming people of Ireland to the famously open-armed population of New Zealand, our planet is home to some seriously friendly countries, ready to share their love for their country with you. So, once again, we asked our readers to vote for the countries they consider home to the friendliest people in our 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards.’
The magazine describes Dominica as “a welcoming island with so much more to offer than the Caribbean cliché of just lying on the beach all day.
“It’s easy to see why this is often called ‘Nature Island’ thanks to its ancient rainforests, flawless beaches, hot springs, dramatic coastline, and colourful hamlets. This is a place for truly exploring, from the commercial capital of Roseau to the mountainside villages like Scotts Head”, it said.
According to the magazine, the second friendliest country in the world is Fiji.
Condé Nast Traveler said, “Fiji is notorious for its generous hospitality – often called one of the world’s most friendly islands, the air is full of people saying ‘bula!’ (meaning hello and also life) to everyone, even passing strangers. Made up of over 300 islands in the South Pacific, there are fragile and gorgeous coral reefs, dense patches of jungle, stunning
mountains, remote yet friendly villages, and lots and lots of tongue-numbing kava to drink.”
Namibia was named the third friendliest country in the world.
“Set on the southwest edge of southern Africa, Namibia is one of the continent’s most popular destinations, where affordable stays sit alongside luxury lodges,” the magazine stated.
“Outside the cities, there’s stunning nature and wildlife aplenty, but the capital Windhoek is also well worth a trip thanks to its great food and relaxed and friendly atmosphere.”
Next on the list is Botswana.
According to the magazine, “Botswana’s communities never shy away from being proud of their culture, and open communication is an important part of it. Spread across the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, game reserves and safaris are big business here, with open jeep tours treating visitors to fossilised river valleys and rippling grasslands, as well as a wide variety of species, from giraffes to hyenas.”
The other countries that made the top lists are Cambodia at number five, Lebanon at number six, New Zealand at number seven, Tanzania number eight, and Ireland at number nine.