Lonely Planet Announces Top Picks for 2018

Lonely Planet Announces Top Picks for 2018

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 selections for the top 10 countries, cities, regions and best value destinations have been announced.

Chile takes the coveted top spot of the best country for travelers in 2018. Seville receives the accolade of No. 1 city in the world to visit next year. Hot on the Spanish city’s heels is the American comeback city Detroit and Australia’s oft-overlooked capital Canberra.

The region which Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 declares the No. 1 must-see in the coming year is Belfast and the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland, with Alaska in second place. Tallinn, Estonia has been crowned Lonely Planet’s best value destination of 2018, closely followed by Lanzarote in the Canary Islands and Arizona.

San Juan also is showcased in the 10 best cities list. Lonely Planet’s Central America and Caribbean destination editor Bailey Freeman said, “While Puerto Rico’s capital was hit hard by the hurricane last month, San Juan’s resiliency will have it back on its feet for travelers in 2018.”

Deciding what destinations to include in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel annual selection is a considered process involving Lonely Planet’s most experienced travelers providing hundreds of recommendations of places not to be missed. These places are then shortlisted by a panel of in-house travel experts who consider criteria such as topicality, novelty and wow-factor to decide what to include in the inspirational travel yearbook – available in hardback for the first time this year.

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 features trends and experiences to prepare for in the year ahead. Top trends include destination races, vegetarian and vegan travel, and exploratory cruises. Lonely Planet’s experts also rank the top 10 best new openings, places to stay and culture trips for families.

The landing page, www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel, features all of the Best in Travel 2018 destinations and more advice on visiting them. Four videos accompany each of the number one destinations to reveal why they were selected as the top spots for travel in 2018.

Randy Mink

Contributor: Randy Mink

Randy Mink is the Managing Editor of Leisure Group Travel Magazine. He is based in Chicago, IL.

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