Lonely Planet reveals best in travel for 2018

Andrew Munro 26 October 2017 NEWS
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Lonely Planet is bringing out its most hotly anticipated guide of the year: Best in Travel 2018.

It all starts with countless suggestions from travellers, residents and armchair enthusiasts, which are then carefully scanned and assessed by a team of travel experts, who consider each destination specifically for 2018.

The end result includes up-and-comers to see before the crowds set in, destinations that will have unique festivals or natural phenomenons in 2018 and spots that are set to offer straightforward outstanding value.

In 2018 your guide includes:

  • 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 and vegan destinations
  • Top small-ship expedition cruises
  • Best places for cross-generational family trips
  • Best private islands that everyone can use

You'll find the full details, and a whole lot more in the full Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2018 book.

You'll also find the answers to questions you didn't know you had. Like whether a private island can truly be private if everyone can use it.

One of the centrepieces is the top tens, including best country, city, region and best value spots around the world. Here's the list and yes, Australia made it in with Canberra representing us in the "best cities" category.

Lonely Planet Top 10s

Rank Best countries Best cities Best regions Best value
1 Chile Seville, Spain The Causeway Coast, Ireland Tallinn, Estonia
2 South Korea Detroit, USA Alaska, USA Lanzarote, Canary Islands
3 Portugal Canberra, Australia Julian Alps, Slovenia Arizona, USA
4 Djibouti Hamburg, Germany Languedoc-Roussillon, France La Paz, Bolivia
5 New Zealand Kaohsiung, Taiwan Kii Peninsula, Japan Poland
6 Malta Antwerp, Belgium Aeolian Islands, Italy Essaouira
7 Georgia Matera, Italy The South, USA United Kingdom
8 Mauritius San Juan, Puerto Rico Lahaul & Spiti, India Baja California
9 China Guanajuato,Mexico Bahia, Brazil Jacksonville, Florida, USA
10 South Africa Oslo, Norway Los Haitises National Park, Dominican Republic Hunan, China

You'll find the full details, and a whole lot more in the full Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2018 book.

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