Extroverted Countries: 12 Destinations for Outgoing Travellers

12 Best Countries for Extroverts Who Love to Travel

Expect socialising with locals and immersing in their exciting way of life.

ICYMI: We’ve previously talked about the best countries for introverted travellers. But this time, allow us to talk about our fave “extroverted countries” that are vibrant, full of life, and anything but boring. Essentially, these destinations are perfect for travellers who enjoy being around people; whether it involves lots of socialising, basking in the frenetic pace of cities, or both. 

As an extrovert myself, I’m not really that choosy about where I travel. Although, if anything, many would say that most top destinations cater especially to the extroverted traveller. Still, it’s true that some places are more exciting and exuberant than others; the same way that some nationalities and ethnicities simply have a better reputation for being warm and friendly. 

Of course, we don’t believe in generalising, or even saying that other places are dull and not worth your time. Rather, think of this as a list of countries that we can guarantee that extroverts will surely enjoy! 

1. Hong Kong

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Dubbed as Asia’s “World City,” Hong Kong has always been synonymous with glamour and fast-paced urban life, what with the abundance of skyscrapers, neon-filled streets, and all-around youthful energy. There, you’ll find an ever-growing entertainment and arts scene, as well as a food culture that will keep any extroverted traveller coming back for more. And let’s not forget the endless shopping options, whether it’s luxury, budget, or anything in between! 

Essential things to do for extroverts:

  • Enjoy the nightlife in Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo
  • Explore the city via double-decker trams, or “ding ding” as nicknamed by locals
  • Admire the skyline at the Victoria Harbour waterfront
  • Go shopping in Causeway Bay, Central, and Temple Street Night Market

Also read: 8 Budget Travel Ideas for Visiting the Most Expensive Cities in the World

2. Taiwan

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On the other hand, Taiwan is one of those countries for extroverts who would like more options than just partying and taking in the city life. Just a short day trip away are mountains, hot springs, and other fascinating landscapes that are best enjoyed in the company of your travel buddies! Although, cities like the crowd fave Taipei aren’t so shabby either… especially with the limitless options for shopping, food, and tourist attractions that are worth the hype. Hey, there’s a reason why it’s hailed as one of the happiest countries in Asia

Essential things to do for extroverts:

  • Experience the local youth culture in Ximending 
  • Head up Elephant Mountain and the top floor of Taipei 101 for panoramic views
  • Check out night markets like Raohe Street Night Market and Ningxia Market
  • Soak up the sights in Yehliu Geopark, Tianliao Moon World, and Yangmingshan National Park

Also read: Taiwan Dos and Don’ts: Etiquette Tips for First-Time Travellers

3. Thailand

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Leave it to Thailand to have plenty of attractions for the extroverted traveller; from bustling cities and ancient temples, to famous festivals and spectacular beaches (usually with a lively nightlife, too). Need something to keep you energised in between activities? We recommend trying the scrumptious local cuisine, as well as a traditional Thai yoga massage! The fact that it’s also one of the friendliest countries in Asia is more than enough to make any foreigner feel right at home. 

Essential things to do for extroverts:

  • Visit just in time for the water-splashing Songkran Festival (when it resumes hopefully by 2022)
  • Sign up for a Thai cooking class and meet new people
  • Shop til you drop at Siam Paragon, Chatuchak Market, and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
  • Swim during the day, then party the night away in Phuket, Koh Samui, and Pattaya

Also read: 20 Basic Thai Phrases That Every Traveller Should Know

4. Vietnam

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Joining the list of extroverted countries in Southeast Asia is Vietnam — where the coffee culture will definitely keep you wide awake. After all, authentic Vietnamese coffee is made with Robusta beans, so you can expect the brew to be quite strong! 

Whether it’s the city or the countryside, there’s never a shortage of interesting activities; be it history and nature, or shopping and feasting. And if these aren’t enough to keep you alert and alive, then maybe the constant presence of motorbikes in the streets will! (Half-kidding, TBH). 

Essential things to do for extroverts:

  • Try out the best cafes in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City during the day, then grab a beer at night
  • Stay in a local village home in Sa Pa and enjoy the alpine-like weather
  • Immerse in history at the Cu Chi Tunnels, Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, and Hoi An Ancient Town
  • Hunt for amazingly affordable souvenirs in Ben Thanh Market and Hanoi Old Quarter 

Also read: Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh: Which City in Vietnam is Perfect for You?

5. Singapore

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Despite being known for its relatively strict laws, many travellers flock to Singapore for its frenetic pace, eye-catching sights, and all-around safe environment. Here, you can bask in everything cool, exciting, and full of possibilities — right from the moment you arrive at Changi Airport. So, if you’re all about living “the good life” in Southeast Asia, then this city-state is your best bet. And of course, let’s not forget that it served as the backdrop for the most iconic Asian Hollywood movie in recent history!

Essential things to do for extroverts:

  • Visit the many hawker centres (and even chat up the uncles and aunties there!)
  • Grab cocktails at some of the award-winning bars 
  • Get lost in the shopping mazes of Bugis Street, Orchard Road, and Marina Bay Sands
  • Try out the water sports and other adrenaline-pumped activities on Sentosa Island

Also read: Top 32 Things to Do in Singapore Including FREE Activities!

6. United States

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Just like the previous item, the United States has always been known for being a cultural melting pot. And given that it’s among the larger countries for extroverts, you’ll surely find at least one of the 50 states that suits your preferences. 

New Yorkers are generally straightforward, whereas many would say that Californians are more of the free spirits. If you prefer the good ol’ Southern hospitality, then you’ll enjoy the vibes of Louisiana and Texas. And then outside the mainland, there’s Hawaii, which is your best bet for a tropical environment that’s laid-back and welcoming, but never boring!

Writer’s note: For Asian travellers, you might wanna take these with a grain of salt, in light of current socio-political issues in the US. 

Essential things to do for extroverts:

  • Explore the countless popular sights in New York City
  • Join a wine tour in Napa or Sonoma 
  • Visit Chinatown, Koreatown, Little Tokyo, and other Asian enclaves in Los Angeles
  • Go to New Orleans during Mardi Gras (when it resumes hopefully by 2022)
  • Live the fast life in Las Vegas and Miami Beach

Alo read: USA’s Newest Bike Trail Connects New York to the Canadian Border

7. Australia

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Ask anyone who has been to Australia, and they’d most likely tell you that it’s definitely one of the friendliest and most extroverted countries in the world. (After all, these two adjectives aren’t always mutually exclusive.) Leave it to Aussies to always be ready with a “Hello, mate!” and willing to chat up tourists. Some expats would even go so far as to say that it’s hard to thrive there if you can’t be outgoing and talkative. So, it’s a good thing that this country has a lot of things to keep you energised; from nature parks and cute animals, to water activities and a hip coffee scene. 

Essential things to do for extroverts:

  • Surf and swim in Bondi Beach
  • Try out water sports like parasailing, aqua jetpack flying, and white water rafting
  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Sydney Harbour 
  • Visit hole-in-the-wall bars and coffee shops in Melbourne
  • Drive along the Great Ocean Road

8. Spain

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Of all the European countries, Spain certainly sets the bar high for being an idyllic destination. Just a quick Google search on its top destinations is enough to entice any extroverted traveller; from vibrant cities like Madrid and Barcelona, to the sunny islands of Ibiza and Mallorca. The locals are also known for being generally outgoing and passionate about certain topics like football, hearty food, and leisure times. And to top it all off, the country offers a digital nomad visa, should you decide to prolong your vacay!

Essential things to do for extroverts:

  • Explore the bustling plazas in Madrid and its nearby towns
  • Go on a bike or walking tour along Las Ramblas 
  • Socialise and take in the local culture at cocktail bars and flamenco clubs
  • Attend festivals like the Festa Major de GràciaFeria de Abril, and Haro Wine Festival 
  • Enjoy the coastal scenery and beach parties in Ibiza

Also read: 46 Essential Spanish Phrases for Your Next Vacation

9. Ireland

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Despite having mostly cloudy days due to its Atlantic climate, Ireland is often listed as one of the friendliest countries in the world. (Although, if we’re being honest, we do find it ridiculous that some think that gloomy weather equals grumpy locals.) And while it would be unfair to stereotype Irish folks as a loud and hard-drinking lot, we definitely think that the atmosphere of local pubs is unlike any other! Many travellers would also agree that the people are generally welcoming and would often go out of their way to help tourists. 

Essential things to do for extroverts:

  • Eat, drink, and shop your way through Grafton Street and Temple Bar in Dublin
  • Tour the Guinness Storehouse and the Jameson Distillery Bow Street
  • Visit in time for Saint Patrick’s Day
  • Stroll along the cobblestone lanes of Latin Quarter and Quay Street in Galway

10. United Arab Emirates

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Beyond the stunning skyscrapers, mosques, and sand dunes, the United Arab Emirates is also quite the cosmopolitan destination. Hence, something that many an extroverted traveller would find fascinating! There, you’ll find a high number of expats and immigrants, which make up 85% of its population (as of 2021). 

Oh, and did we mention that Dubai is named one of the best cities in the world, too? Best believe that there’s never a shortage of exciting activities to try there. Although, if you’d like something less touristy and more in touch with local culture, then the capital city, Abu Dhabi, is the way to go! 

Essential things to do for extroverts:

  • Marvel at futuristic structures like the Burj Khalifa and the Louvre Abu Dhabi 
  • Join an overnight desert safari and camping tour 
  • Take a dinner cruise aboard a dhow (traditional Arab sailing vessel)
  • Soak up the nightlife in downtown Dubai

Also read: Remote Workers Are Now Welcome to Operate in Dubai for One Year!

11. Brazil

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As with most destinations in South America, Brazil is certainly a must-add to this list of extroverted countries. Many would say that its main appeal lies in the overall exuberant, welcoming lifestyle — especially in Rio de Janeiro. It’s considered as one of the best party cities in the world, after all! There’s also São Paulo for those who enjoy a bustling metropolis with a lot of culture. 

Essential things to do for extroverts:

  • Visit in time for the Rio Carnival (when it resumes hopefully by 2022)
  • Enjoy the downtown nightlife and samba scene in Lapa
  • Beach all day, then party all night in Ipanema and Copacabana
  • Go on a sightseeing tour all throughout Avenida Paulista

12. Argentina

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Argentina is mainly known for its breathtaking natural wonders and colourful neighbourhoods, as well as being a melting pot of European and Latin American influences. Its capital, Buenos Aires, is often compared to the likes of New York for being a “city that never sleeps.” In fact, most parties there don’t start until past midnight — although, thankfully, there are lots of ways to keep yourself entertained before then. Another must-visit city would be Córdoba, which is relatively underrated and laidback, but just as enthralling. 

Essential things to do for extroverts:

  • Wander through colourful neighbourhoods like La Boca, Palermo, and Güemes
  • Visit street markets such as San Telmo and Paseo de Las Artes
  • Watch a live tango show (and take lessons, too)
  • Catch the National Beer Festival, the country’s own version of Oktoberfest

Also read: Your Ideal Summer Getaway, According To Your Personality Type

I’m sure many extroverts like me would agree that one of the things we miss most about travelling pre-pandemic is meeting new people. Don’t you just miss those days when you could fully immerse in the local culture without (literally) worrying for your life? I know I do. 

So, which of these extroverted countries are you looking forward to visiting soon? Or are there others that you think we should add here as well? 


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A fast-talking caffeine-dependent wordsmith, Marcy has never been one to shy away from sharing a good story or two. If she’s not in a quiet coffee shop somewhere, she enjoys spending afternoons in a museum or art gallery — whether it’s around Metro Manila or a foreign city she’s visiting. She wishes to retire in a winter village someday, so she can fulfil her lifelong dream of wearing turtlenecks all year round and owning a pet penguin.

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