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Top 10 Friendliest Cities (That You Have Probably Never Heard Of)

New Zealand Destination Queenstown
Queenstown, New Zealand, is rated as the world's fourth friendliest city by a popular travel magazine. Photo Credit: Destination Queenstown.

Travel Survey 

The readers of Condé Nast Traveler have voted for the world's friendliest cities, and unless you're a whiz kid when it comes to geography, you probably have never heard of some of them.

Florionapolis in Southern Brazil topped the list. Australia and Bhutan both got two cities in the top 10. None of the cities was a major metropolis.

And only one - Ubud on the Indonesian island of Bali – could be considered a well know travel or tourism destination.

Most of these cities are a bit off the well beaten tourism track. Perhaps that's one of the reasons why the locals are so friendly. People living in popular travel destinations often become jaded when it comes to dealing with tourists.

Links to Government Tourism Offices

Click on the names of the cities listed below for a direct link to their official tourism offices.

1. Florianopolis, Brazil

2. Hobart, Australia

3. Thimpu, Bhutan

4. Queenstown, New Zealand

5. Charleston, South Carolina

6. Paro, Bhutan

7. Margaret River, Australia

8. Mandalay, Burma

9. Kilkenny, Ireland

10. Ubud, Bali

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