“List journalism” is the plague of the internet era, when it seems that click bait is what counts the most. We at Time to Wander try not to do it ourselves, but sometimes we can’t help falling for the bait that others dangle.
One list that caught our eye recently was Condé Nast Traveler’s take on the friendliest and most unfriendly cities in the world. Friendliness is relative, of course. As a traveller, as in the rest of life, you have to give a little to receive a little. Anyway, for what it’s worth, here are the results.
The friendliest city was … drum roll … take a bow, Sydney Australia! In second place was Dublin in Ireland (Bernardo of Time to Wander has Australian and Irish passports, so he is nodding his agreement here), followed by Queenstown in New Zealand. The next city on the list might surprise some, not because we are suggesting its residents are unfriendly, but because it’s in Central/Eastern Europe: Krakow in Poland. If you haven’t been to it, be assured, it’s a wonderful city, really worth a visit. Bruges, Edinburgh, Kyoto, Budapest, Auckland and Reykjavik rounded out the top 10.
So, what were the worst cities? Starting from number 10, which was Cannes in France, there was Jakarta, Moscow, Cairo, New Delhi, Nairobi, Guatemala City … then third worst was Guangzhou in China, in second place was Casablanca in Morocco and the worst … Caracas in Venezuela. Well, there you go.
What do you think? What are the friendliest and least friendly places you have been to?