The term “liberal” is thrown around a lot these days, but what exactly does it mean? It might mean something different for each individual, but the textbook definition of liberal is this: “open to new behaviors or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.” Many people consider themselves to be liberal, but not everyone is open to accepting differences and change.
There are people all over the world, however, that is extremely liberal. A huge determining factor in whether you’re more liberal or conservative has to do with your geographic location and the beliefs of those around you. Here is a list of some of the most liberal countries around the globe and some reasons to visit the.
Finland, Sweden, and Norway are like the triple threat of liberalism… These three countries rank as some of the most liberal in the world. Not only are the people generally open-minded and accepting of outsiders, but the country as a whole is also amazing. It might not be every traveler’s cup of tea to visiting Finland, but here’s why you should reconsider.
Its capital city – Helsinki – is surrounded by the waters of the Baltic Sea. If you visit the province in the north, you’ll actually be able to clearly see the Northern Lights. Finland is a country of vast wilderness and stunning natural beauty, so you’ll definitely get your fix of fresh crisp air when you visit.
Adding Canada to this list was up for debate. But ever since weed was legalized by the federal government it’s hard to deny that Canadians are liberal. Residents can even grow marijuana in Canada within their own homes.
So even if you don’t consider Canadians to be all that liberal, think again. You might change your mind when you stroll down the streets of Vancouver to find hundreds of cannabis dispensaries throughout the city.
The eastern European country of Slovenia often slides under the radar, but it shouldn’t be ignored. Not only are the people of Slovenia extremely welcoming and open-minded, but the actual country is also stunning. It has just begun receiving the reputation as an amazing travel destination, and for a good reason.
Slovenia is filled with friendly people (maybe even friendlier than Canadians, eh!), stunning landscapes, delectable food, and rich culture. Its popular neighbor of Croatia has been a popular travel destination for years, but Slovenia is quickly becoming the shining star of Eastern Europe.
Visiting the film location of the Lord of the Rings is an amazing excuse to visit New Zealand, but it is not the only one. In addition to being an extremely liberal country, it is also one of the best destinations for adrenaline-seeking travelers. Adventure junkies from around the world come to New Zealand to hike, skydive, mountain bike, surf, and SCUBA dive.
A must-see destination for travelers is Queenstown. It is known for its adventure sports and is quite possibly the best place in the world to jump from a plane. When you skydive in Queensland you’ll be stunned by the picturesque landscapes that are looming closer and closer as you fall towards Earth… just don’t forget to pull your parachute!