When exploring other countries in the world, the welcome you receive can be somewhat different to what you’re used to at home – and there’s a very fine line between slick efficiency and downright rudeness!
A new report has ranked 140 countries in the world according to whether they are friendly and welcoming or cold and unfriendly. The “Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013" from the World Economic Forum includes all the mainstream tourism destinations. The scores were then calculated based on a country’s’ attractiveness, friendliness and competitiveness as a travel and tourism destination.
Taken into account in the ‘competitive’ element are factors such as safety, security, infrastructure and sustainability. And in number one place for the most unfriendliest country for travellers is Bolivia in South America. Next up is Venezuela in South America and in third place is Russia that was pegged down because of the local ground transport infrastructure and crime levels.
Of course, most countries have their own issues but that should never stop you from travelling! Whether you’re a solo traveller or with a group, practice common sense and follow our tips on ways to stay safe.
And in case you wondered where the most friendly countries are, read our post on the friendliest countries in the world.