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These are the world’s 20 friendliest cities

Travelling is not only about the destination, but also about the people you meet on it. Condé Nast Traveler, a US luxury travel magazine has listed out the friendliest cities in the world for 2016. Next time you plan your vacation, this list might come in handy!

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Most times, it is not just a destination but also the hospitality shown by the locals of a place that makes the journey memorable. After all, if you felt unwelcome while you were vacationing, it would hardly make for pleasant memories now, would it? Friendliness can be rated on the basis of many tiny little things - from someone stranger just taking the time out to show you the right way to standing up for you in a tricky situation when you didn't know what to do. There are times you'd come back with friends for a lifetime just after meeting for 30 minutes or even less. These are the little things that US travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler asked their readers to keep in mind while voting for the world's friendliest cities. Here's the list for 2016, to help you travel your next awesome trip.

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20. Burlington is a vibrant, small city located on the eastern shoreline of Lake Champlain. The people are diverse, forward-thinking citizens, surrounded by scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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19. It's known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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18. Surrounded by mountains all around, Jackson Hole is a wonderland of snow skiing, snowmobiling and ice-skating. Summer in Jackson Hole is all about hiking and whitewater rafting. The place is home to Yellowstone National Par and its two stunning waterfalls. The Bridger-Teton National Forest is a beautiful spot where you can go hiking, canoeing or horse riding in summer. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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17. Wellington encompasses a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, a working harbour and colourful timber houses on surrounding hills. (source;Thinkstock Images)

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16. Reykjavik, world's northernmost capital also serves as a gateway to the rugged adventure options beyond. It's energetic culture includes an internationally recognised music and arts scene, great food and an infamously enthusiastic nightlife. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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15. The iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of superyachts and lined with bars and cafes. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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14. It’s known for its vibrant arts scene and historic architecture, including the dome-topped Basilica of Saint Lawrence and the vast 19th-century Biltmore estate, displaying artwork by masters like Renoir. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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13. Santa Fe, New Mexico is well known for its Pueblo-style architecture and as a creative arts hotbed. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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12. Austin, Texas is home to the University of Texas and Formula 1's Circuit of the Americas raceway. Its abundant parks and lakes are popular for hiking, biking, swimming, boating and other outdoor pursuits. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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11. Edinburgh is home to hilltop Edinburgh Castle,which looms over the city and is home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, traditionally used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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10. Nashville is home to legendary country music venues including the Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman auditorium, Parthenon, Belel Meade Plantation, among others. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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9. Bruges is distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings. The city-center Markt features horse-drawn carriage rides and 17th-century houses converted into restaurants and cafes. (Source; Thinkstock Images)

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8. Also known as Poland's medieval capital, Kraków, is known to have miraculously endured wars and oppressive regimes. Its well-preserved medieval core and Jewish quarter is also well-known. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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7. Savannah, Georgia is known for its manicured parks, horse-drawn carriages and ornate antebellum architecture. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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6. Galway Bay is a large bay on the west coast of Ireland. Deep sea fishing, sailing, cruising and swimming are the popular activities here. The Aillwee cave is one of the many attractions on the Bay. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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5. Park City, Utah is home to Deer valley and hosts the popular Sundance Film Festival. (Source: Keith Kendrick/Flickr)

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4. Queenstown’s stunning scenery, huge range of activities and renowned warm welcome cement its reputation as New Zealand’s favourite visitor destination. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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3. Dublin, Ireland is home to the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol, Phoenix Park, among others. (Source: Zé Valdi/Flickr)

2. Sydney, Australia topped the list of friendliest cities in the world and is best known for its harbourfront Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design. (Source: Kevin from Manchester/Flickr)

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1. Charleston the city which tops the list, was founded in 1670. It is defined by its cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages and pastel pre-Civil-War-era houses. (Source: Photomoe Photography/Flickr)

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Most times, your experience at a vacation destination is determined not just by the place's scenic beauty or architectural wonders, but also by the attitude of the locals of the place. The behaviour of the people sure affects the travellers and tourists in a city. After all, if you felt unwelcome while you were vacationing, it would hardly make for pleasant memories now, would it? Friendliness can be rated on the basis of many little things - from taking out time to help a stranger find his way around the city to just being plain sweet to them. You neevr know, while at it, you might be making a friend for a lifetime. So when Condé Nast Traveler, a US luxury travel magazine, asked its readers to vote for the world's 10 unfriendliest cities, these were the little things they were asked to keep in mind. Click through to see which places made it to the list of unfriendliest cities. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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10. Doha is a multicultural city and home to most of the country's population.Shopping abounds in the city's plentiful malls, while the Corniche impresses visitors with picturesque architecture and dazzling views of the harbor. (Source: Jimmy Baikovicius/Flickr)

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9. Lagos in Nigeria has beautiful 14th century walls, fortress and picturesque churches. (Source: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung/Flickr)

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8. After facing decades of neglect, a rejuvenated Detroit is slowly reclaiming its place as a cultural and tourist capital. (Source: Tudor Apmadoc/Flickr)

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7. Founded as a port town by the Portuguese, the influence of travelers and traders from across the world has made the city a diverse and lively metropolis. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

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6. Caracas is home to restaurant destination Las Mercedes, Iglesia de San Francisco and the mountainous Parque Nacional El Avila. (Source: Daniel Marante/Flickr)

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5. Atlantic City is a resort city on New Jersey's Atlantic coast that's known for its many casinos, wide beaches and iconic Boardwalk. (Source: drpavloff/Flickr)

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4. Dar es Salaam, a major city and commercial port on Tanzania’s Indian Ocean coast, grew from a fishing village. (Source: Frank Douwes/Flickr)

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3. Oakland's in the hub of Bay area, is both historic and modern. The place is thriving with growing arts, entertainment and food scene. People can also enjoy recreational activities like hiking, sailing and biking. (Source; Thinkstock Images)

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2. Tijuana is home to landmarks like the neoclassical Jai Alai Frontón palace and Centro Cultural Tijuana, a modern cultural complex in the Zona Río district. Throughout the town, stadiums stage wrestling matches aka lucha libre, and the nearby city of Rosarito has sandy beaches. (Source: Living Learning Programs/Flickr)

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1. Newark's main attractions include several large parks, art galleries and architecturally significant buildings. (Source: PeterFic/Flickr)