When you’re far from home, nothing beats a warm welcome.  If you’re hoping to experience some foreign hospitality on your next vacation, you’re going to want to visit one of the countries on our list - they were just voted some of the friendliest countries in the world!  Click “Next” to read more.

1. Portugal

Portugal has wonderful wines, delicious seafood, and plenty of gorgeous views.  It’s hard not to be happy in a place that keeps your stomach full, and your mind inspired.  This warm country has inspired writers, artists and musicians for centuries, and today, Portugal welcomes about 13 million tourists annually. Portugal

2. Senegal

Whether you’re visiting for its lush tropical forests, white sand beaches, or glitzy nightlife, wherever you are in Senegal, you’ll be greeted with a smile.  And that well-known friendliness is helping to put this new African country firmly on the map when it comes to vacation destinations. Senegal

3. Austria

Don’t let the harsh sound of German fool you, Austrians are among the friendliest people in the world.  In fact, it’s not uncommon to be greeted by locals as you explore the county’s picture-perfect scenery.  Best of all, Austria is a great getaway year round, thanks to its vibrant city scenes and festivals in the summer, and festive Christmas markets in the winter. Austria

4. Macedonia

With breathtaking mountain views, hilltop monasteries, and ancient ruins, Macedonia is quickly becoming a travel hotspot.  Of course, it’s reputation as one of the friendliest countries in the world doesn’t hurt either.  Visit the country to escape the tourist crowds and discover wonderful examples of Slavic hospitality. Macedonia

5. Morocco

As the former gateway to North Africa, the country of Morocco has a long history as a tourist destination.  In fact, spend any time in one of Morocco’s cities and you’ll hear plenty of different languages, and be exposed to many different cultures.  Therefore, it’s only natural that this bustling hub has the whole “be nice to tourists” thing down pat. Morocco

6. New Zealand

With its diverse natural beauty, fresh seafood and scenic beaches, New Zealand offers lots for potential visitors to see and do - and the country welcomes foreigners with open arms.  One of the friendliest countries in the world, New Zealand boasts modern visitor facilities and well-developed transport networks, so getting around is a breeze.  Plus, you may even discover a few hobbit holes on your journey. New Zealand

7. Iceland

Thanks to its spectacular volcanic scenery, colossal waterfalls, and abundant supply of geothermal energy, Icelanders love the outdoors - and aren’t shy about sharing their favorite hiking tips with foreigners.  The country gets just 3-4 hours of sunlight during the winter months, and Icelanders certainly know how to make the most of it!  iceland