Check Out These Top 11 Destinations for Making Friends When You Travel
BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwired) -- Mar 29, 2016 -- At its best, travel is about making a connection with a community or a culture and, ideally, the people. Some travelers are gifted with the ability to make friends wherever they go. The rest of us are helped by venturing to destinations that are inherently friendly, preferably with lots of social interaction and a pace of life that encourages conversation. To fuel friendship on the road, the travel experts at Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, have come up with their picks for Top 11 destinations for making friends when you travel. The cities are very different in terms of language and culture, but they all share a welcoming spirit.
On your next trip, if you'd rather connect with people than simply collect souvenirs, these five destinations are among our top picks for the best cities to make new friends while on the road:
- Melbourne, Australia - One of the world's most livable
cities is Australia's quirky cool kid, Melbourne. The people of
Melbourne often seem relaxed and happy no matter what they're
doing. Melbourne's multi-cultural population also ups curiosity
levels, helping people be more open and talkative about their
backgrounds and experiences. Melbournians are mad about coffee so a
coffee shop is probably a good place to start. Strike up a
caffeine-fueled conversation and make a point to get plugged into
the city's flurry of secret and quirky bars.
- Buenos Aires, Argentina - One of the happiest and
friendliest cities in South America, Buenos Aires is very European
and filled with culture. The locals are laid-back, and happily
share their beautiful city with the influx of tourists who mix in
the crowds. With its cosmopolitan vibe, Buenos Aires actually feels
a little off-the-beaten-path compared to many other cities in South
America. Whether you're sharing a meal or dancing in the clubs,
this Argentinian city always has something going on that will
captivate you, and nothing sparks conversation quite like new
experiences. Try something a little out of your comfort zone and
you're sure to make friends along the way.
- Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada - Canadians are notorious
for being very friendly people, but it's especially true on the
East Coast, where locals start conversations with visitors at the
drop of a hat. As the de facto capital of Atlantic Canada, Halifax
is a welcoming and walkable city where you can explore its long
history at diverse museums like the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. No matter where you wander,
you'll be a stone's throw from one of Hali's long list of
restaurants showcasing Nova Scotia's seafood-rich cuisine. The
city's youthful vibe and lively music scene belies its compact
size, but is likely due to its huge population of students (there
are five universities in Halifax), and the city is home to a
thriving LGBTQA community that's an integral part of the city and
culture. No matter where you are coming from, you can be sure that
Halifax will welcome you with open arms.
- The Florida Keys, Florida - Located in southern
Florida, there is nothing quite like the laid-back, easygoing charm
of the sun-soaked Florida Keys. With a number of islands to choose
from, there is something for every type of traveler. Snorkel off
the coast of Key Largo, dine on fresh seafood and relax on Big Pine
Key or sip on a daiquiri while exploring the relaxed nightlife on
Duval Street in Key West. Whichever island you choose, you will
find a colorful mix of locals and regulars ready and willing to
swap stories with as you go.
- Galway, Ireland - If you ask world travelers about
friendliness and good hospitality, Galway is sure to get a mention.
Quay Street is a great place to start with bars, restaurants and
cobbled medieval alleyways to explore. Even if this street feels a
little like a central European city such as Madrid, Monaco or
Lisbon, Galway locals put their own spin on things, especially the
humorous Mc Donagh's imitating a McDonald's sign. If you want to
make friends, head down to this neighborhood on a Friday night,
and, by the end of it, you'll be a few pints deep with some new
Rounding out our list of places where future friends await: Newcastle, England; Siam Reap, Cambodia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Auckland, New Zealand; Barcelona, Spain; and Boracay, Philippines. To get all the details on these super social cities, visit Cheapflights.com's Top 11 destinations for making friends when you travel at www.cheapflights.com/news/top-destinations-for-making-friends.
About Cheapflights.com, part of the Momondo
Founded in 1996, Cheapflights is a leading global flight comparison and deals publishing platform. It is now a market leader in the UK, U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand generating over $3 billion in global downstream revenue for its partners as it expands into numerous other territories. More than 120 million users visit its websites and apps each year, receiving more than two billion search results a month from across 900,000 routes. The 10 million strong opt-in subscribers to the Cheapflights newsletter receive the best deals from over 120 travel businesses -- for whom it has driven more than $65 million in revenue this year. Together, the Cheapflights platforms generate enough bookings for its partners to fill a Boeing 747 every five minutes.
In 2011, Cheapflights became part of the privately owned online travel search and inspiration network, Momondo Group.
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