Lonely Planet- Top 10 Countries for 2013

Lonely Planet recently posted their list of Top 10 Countries for 2013 online. 
The list is made up of an interesting group of countries. I’ve only been to a couple of places from the list (#s 5 & 8) and would love to visit all of the others in the future.

I was wondering how LP came up with this list. The countries are spread out around the world and each location has a few areas/ categories mentioning what they are “Best for”. 

Here is the list:

  1. Sri Lanka: best for culture, off the beaten track, value for money
  2. Montenegro: best for activities, adventure, off the beaten track
  3. South Korea: best for activities, events, off the beaten track
  4. Ecuador: best for food, off the beaten track, activities
  5. Slovakia: best for culture, adventure, off the beaten track
  6. Solomon Islands: best for adventure, off the beaten track, activities
  7. Iceland: best for activities, off the beaten track, value for money
  8. Turkey: best for off the beaten path, culture, food
  9. Dominican Republic: best for activities, value for money, events
  10. Madagascar: best for activities, adventure, off the beaten path

From this list I am most interested in visiting Sri Lanka, South Korea and Madagascar. I‘ve been to Europe many times but have never to the Balkan region so I’d love to visit Montenegro. 
I seriously considered going there this past summer but opted for a trip to Southeast Asia.

Find out more about each place from the Lonely Planet Top 10 Countries list HERE

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