‘Tis the season of ‘best’ lists and one of the most anticipated is Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017. The annual inspirational travel book highlights the top ten countries, cities, regions and best value destinations that Lonely Planet’s experts recommend travellers experience in 2017.
Canada receives the accolade of number one country in the world to visit next year, followed by Colombia and Finland, while Bordeaux tops the cities list, beating Cape Town and Los Angeles. The region which Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017 declares the number one must-see in the coming year is Choquequirao in Peru with New Zealand’s Taranaki and the Azores also making the top three. Nepal was crowned Lonely Planet’s Best Value destination of 2017, closely followed by Namibia, Porto and Venice.
The destinations selected for Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel meet specific criteria; it could be that something special is going on in the year ahead or there’s been recent development and a lot of buzz about the place, that it offers travellers new things to see or do, or that the Lonely Planet team of experts thinks it’s been overlooked and underrated and suggests travellers visit before the crowds do.
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017 also features five travel trends that consumers should look out for in 2017. Remote working, bikepacking, instaviduality, sustainable travel and micro-distilleries were all pinpointed as ones to watch.
Each of the number one destinations features an interview with Lonely Planet’s experts on why 2017 is the year to visit. Travellers can also enter a My Best in Travel competition to win a trip for two to the number one country, Canada, and a host of Samsung’s latest mobile technology from Best in Travel’s sponsor Samsung Electronics.
Herewith the Top Ten Best Value Destinations:
- Porto Portugal
- Venice, Italy
- Ohrid, Macedonia
- Bellarine Peninsula, Australia
- Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, USA
Further information on the other Top Ten lists is available at www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel