This huge island-continent is right on the cusp of being both favorable and unfavorable. However, there are so many Americans that love to visit it’s hard for the locals not to appreciate them a little bit. Some Aussies apparently love the Yanks. They, too, bailed on English rule, and there are plenty of spirited discussions to have over the merits of American Football versus Australian-rules football.
Hospitality is the name of the game for a lot of Australians, and you might end up making a lot of friends. A trusting, festive spirit lingers everywhere, so if you want to have some fun on an epic road trip, there’s no better place.
Hard to get smaller than Liechtenstein. This tiny country – it's defined as a microstate – is just 160 square kilometers and doesn't even crack 40k as far as the population goes. It's right next to Germany, and the two nations have had a stable relationship.
In 2002 they signed a mutual legal assistance treaty, though it has focused largely on money laundering and illegal banking. The people there are just as friendly with Americans as people from their neighboring countries, Austria and Switzerland. Here's a fun fact: Liechtenstein is one of only two doubly-landlocked countries in the world. A doubly landlocked country is surrounded by landlocked countries.
If you're familiar with what's been happening over there, it should come as no surprise that the Taiwanese people like America. The United States has supported their bids for independence from China, and the island likes America more than China with a two-to-one margin.
They support both closer political ties and economic ties with America by a huge amount, thanks not only to trade and current economic relations but also what America has done to support and defend Taiwan against China, which is steamrolling it despite protests and riots as citizens demand their freedom. Most people in Taiwan see themselves as Taiwanese and not Chinese, so they aren't going to stop fighting.
After this small Asian country won its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, it and the United States have enjoyed strong relations. The two countries have cooperated on trade and security. If you happen to visit, check out George W. Bush Street in the capital city of Tbilisi, or raise a glass with the locals of the country that calls itself the birthplace of wine.
Strong diplomatic ties with the country make it possible for Americans to stay in the country for up to a year without a visa, and you might need that much time to take in all the stunning sights.
Yes, rude Americans have made a bad name among some residents of the Emerald Isle, but there are still many political and social ties to unpack here.
Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland. In fact, a certain former president has an ancestral home in the Irish village of Moneygall in County Offaly. Drive into town, and you'll find the highway rest stop “Barack Obama Plaza.” A great deal of Americans have at least a little bit of Irish in their blood, so many feel the urge to visit at least once during their lifetimes.