Posted on 08/03/2018
Travelling to a different country can be a daunting experience. However, English speakers are fortunate as many countries around the world are accommodating towards them due to the language's position as a lingua franca. Check out our list of the best places to travel to if you're an English speaker and don't let not knowing the local language or the fear of getting lost or isolated prevent you from discovering something new.
This Mediterranean paradise holds the title of the European capital of culture for this year. English is one of the official languages along with Maltese and 89% of all Maltese speak English. The European Capital of Culture 2018 celebrations began in January. A collection of over 140 projects and 400 events will be taking place in the city this year. A lot of investment has gone into The Valetta 2018 Cultural programme including the involvement of around 1000 local and international artists, performers, designers, workshop leaders, writers, choirs and film-makers.
Portugal is often compared to Spain but English is more prevalent in this country than its neighbour. The Portuguese are said to be one of most friendly and welcoming people in Europe. English speakers are guaranteed to feel welcome in this beautiful city and Lisbon is not an overwhelmingly tourist city so locals like to meet and chat with foreigners and visitors.
Just like in the Netherlands, the swedes start learning English at a young age in school. In addition, many Swedish people are exposed to a lot of English as their shows aren't often dubbed. The city boasts an incredible public transport system as there are frequent trains running from the metro stations and bus routes winding in and around the city. Stockholm is also a very child-friendly city making it the perfect destination for families with kids. There are many children's attractions and museums with activities and exhibits for children.
India is the world's second largest English speaking country with 125 million English speakers. Although English is only one of the 22 official languages with so many English speakers this country definitely has an edge in an increasingly English-speaking globalized world. Mumbai itself attracts six million tourists a year and the city offers natural heritage and modern entertainment including leisure spots, cinemas, amusement parks and historical monuments. The city has a tropical climate and the average yearly temperature ranges from 25-28 degrees.
Amsterdam is full of tourists and you can speak English without hesitation in this international city. Many Dutch people speak English as if it were their native language as they are taught English in school at a very young age. Dutch people are very proud of the fact that they can speak another language (sometimes even multiple languages) in addition to Dutch. Asking them if they speak English could even be taken as an insult by some. Avoid the stress of staying in a place where few people speak English and spend some time in this welcoming city.
If you've ever been to Singapore you may have noticed that Singaporeans speak a type of English which seems to have bad grammar and contain terms that you don't understand. This is because they're speaking Singlish - their local creole language. However, fear not -People in Singapore converse pretty well in English and it's fairly easy to get around Singapore as English is the main medium for communication. Many road signs and restaurant names are written in English in this city.
Copenhagen is said to be one of the world's most friendly cities. The Danish population has a very high level of English literacy. With its amazing cycling infrastructure, electric buses, recycling-crazy citizens, spotless harbors and shops selling clothes made from organic bamboo this city is notorious for being very 'green.'
This amazing city welcomes millions of visitors every year. Thai people may not speak English to an exceptional level but this has never prevented anybody from getting along with them or having a good time in Thailand. However, if you were to find yourself in rural Thailand far away from one of larger cities in Thailand you may really struggle to communicate with anybody in English.
Ever thought about taking a trip to the world's most northerly capital? Reykjavík is a fairly cosmopolitan city. It's loaded with captivating art, cool bars and cafes. The capital has also seen a recent surge in restaurant openings. Many tourists have even highly rated the city's tourist information centre where staff have been reported to be really nice and friendly and give safe and helpful travel advice. Although Icelandic locals are known for being a bit on the reserved side they are usually very kind and tolerant toward foreigners.
Belize is a small country with a population of fewer than 350,000 people. English is the official language as the country was once a formal colony of British Honduras. Belize city is very historical. The urban scenery has some colonial houses, busy shopping areas, seaside parks and sailboats that stay near Haulover Creek.