Here’s advance news from Lonely Planet’s annual best-seller, Best in Travel, which ranks the hottest, must-visit countries, regions and cities for the year ahead. Drawing on the knowledge and passion of Lonely Planet’s staff, authors, and online community, it presents a year’s worth of inspiration to take travellers out of the ordinary and into the unforgettable in 2018. Published this week in a larger, hardback format, it’s a treat for travel geeks and global nomads like me!
Inside, you’ll discover the Top Ten countries, regions and cities – Best value destinations – Best culture trips for families – Best new openings and experiences – Best new places to stay – Top destination races, from walks and marathons to cycles and swims – Top vegetarian destinations – Top small-ship expedition cruises – Best places for cross-generational family trips – Best private islands that everyone can use—and lots more!
So what are the top ten countries for 2018? They are an interesting mix of the expected and the unexpected. South Africa, China, Mauritius, Georgia, Malta, New Zealand and the Horn of Africa mini-state of Djibouti are all there. And the top three are Portugal, South Korea and Chile.