Which Destinations Made It Into Lonely Planet Best In Travel 2018

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Guidebooks aren’t perfect by any means but I still like picking up a Lonely Planet guide for most destinations that we visit.

Besides recommendations on things to do, places to eat and stay, I also like skimming through the provided background info on the country.

The new Lonely Planet Best In Travel 2018 will be available on November 7.

I recently received a press e-mail regarding the book. Ahead of the book’s release, Lonely Planet has released their picks for best travel destinations 2018.

Let’s take a look at which destinations made the cut. (I put in bold destinations I’ve visited.)

Top 10 Countries:

  1. Chile
  2. South Korea
  3. Portugal (visiting in February 2018)
  4. Djibouti
  5. New Zealand
  6. Malta
  7. Georgia
  8. Mauritius
  9. China
  10. South Africa

Top 10 Cities:

  1. Seville, Spain
  2. Detroit, USA
  3. Canberra, Australia
  4. Hamburg, Germany
  5. Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  6. Antwerp, Belgium
  7. Matera, Italy
  8. San Juan, Puerto Rico
  9. Guanajuato, Mexico
  10. Oslo, Norway

Top 10 Regions:

  1. Belfast & the Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland
  2. Alaska, USA
  3. Julian Alps, Slovenia
  4. Languedoc-Roussillon, France
  5. Kii Peninsula, Japan
  6. Aeolian Islands, Italy
  7. Southern, USA
  8. Lahaul & Spiti, India
  9. Bahia, Brazil
  10. Los Haitises National Park, Dominican Republic

Top 10 Best Value:

  1. Tallinn, Estonia
  2. Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
  3. Arizona, USA
  4. La Paz, Bolivia
  5. Poland
  6. Essaouira, Morocco
  7. United Kingdom
  8. Baja California, Mexico
  9. Jacksonville, USA
  10. Hunan, China

I love seeing these kind of lists to find out what’s hot for the new year. They’re also good for giving us some ideas and travel inspiration. We have a couple of trips being planned for 2018 and one of the destinations made the top countries list at #3- Portugal.

What do you think of the Lonely Planet Best In Travel 2018 picks? I found the oddest ones to be San Juan, PR as a best city. My guess is that the list was created before all of the damage was done by the hurricane to the island.

Find out more about each of the Best In Travel destinations here.

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