Lonely Planet’s guide to 2017 – did they get it right?

If you haven’t already started thinking about where you’ll go next year now’s a good time.

Lonely Planet’s guide to 2017

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Where did 2016 go? How is it December is almost over? What am I doing with my life?

All very valid questions – sadly ones for which I do not have a good answer. Thankfully, the ever-reliable Lonely Planet, aka LP, aka large blue book, tourist bible, call it what you  may, have just released their annual top picks for travel in 2017.

Rather than stewing on the above life questions, take a look at what is most travellers’ favourite guide book, what are considered to be the top 10 cities, regions and countries to visit next year. Drawn from hundreds of ideas submitted by Lonely Planet’s staff, authors and extended community of travellers, bloggers and tweeters, the ‘Best in Travel’ is their biggest annual publication.

And while we can’t promise you won’t find yourself joined by countless other like-minded – or should that be like-read – travellers, destinations are at least chosen for their topicality, excitement, value and X-factor.

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Here are the top 10s for 2017:


  1. Canada
  2. Columbia
  3. Finland
  4. Dominica
  5. Nepal
  6. Bermuda
  7. Mongolia
  8. Oman
  9. Myanmar
  10. Ethiopia


  1. Choquequirao, Peru
  2. Taranaki, New Zealand
  3. The Azores, Portugal
  4. North Wales, UK
  5. South Australia
  6. Aysén, Chile
  7. The Tuamotus, French Polynesia
  8. Coastal Georgia, USA
  9. Perak, Malaysia
  10. The Skellig Ring, Ireland


  1. Bordeaux, France
  2. Cape Town, South Africa
  3. Los Angeles, USA
  4. Mérida, Mexico
  5. Ohrid, Macedonia
  6. Pistoia, Italy
  7. Seoul, South Korea
  8. Lisbon, Portugal
  9. Moscow, Russia
  10. Portland, Oregon


  1. Nepal
  2. Namibia
  3. Porto, Portugal
  4. Venice, Italy
  5. Debrecen, Hungary
  6. Belize
  7. Morocco
  8. Russia
  9. Bellarine Peninsula, Australia
  10. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, USA

Read more about the Lonely Planet’s: Best in Travel for 2017.

What do you think of the Lonely Planet’s top picks? How many of these destinations have you already been to and are any already on your bucket list?



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    31st Dec 2016
    What about Vietnam?
    31st Dec 2016
    What about it? Its a well worn tourist destination along with Thailand. Perhaps that's why Myanmar makes the list. Wonder why Laos doesn't then?
    31st Dec 2016
    Funny how the top countries for 2017 do not contain any of the top regions or cities and none are considered value for money!
    31st Dec 2016
    It is because none of those countries contain those regions or cities. It is a geographical thing, nothing else.

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