Lonely Planet Reveals Its Best for 2013

Lonely Planet has named Hobart and Christchurch as two of the world’s top cities for next year in LONELY PLANET’S BEST IN TRAVEL 2013, published today.

This is Lonely Planet’s eighth eagerly-awaited annual collection of the best places to go and things to do around the world for the year ahead.

Ranked seventh on the book’s list of Top 10 Cities 2013, Hobart is “a historic city reinventing itself,” according to Lonely Planet. “Now is the time to discover what’s going on down there before the rest of the world catches on.”

Christchurch is in sixth position on the same list. “New Zealand’s second-largest city is rising from the rubble created by devastating earthquakes with a breathtaking mix of spirit, determination and flair,” Lonely Planet says. “2013 will be an intriguing year to join the rebirth of this proud southern city.”

Other cities to make Lonely Planet’s list for 2013 are San Francisco (1), Amsterdam (2), Hyderabad (3), Derry/Londonderry (4), Beijing (5), Montreal (8), Addis Ababa (9) and Puerto Iguazú (10).

This new edition of BEST IN TRAVEL also features Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries 2013: Sri Lanka (1), Montenegro (2), South Korea (3), Ecuador (4), Slovakia (5), Solomon Islands (6), Iceland (7), Turkey (8), Dominican Republic (9) and Madagascar (10); along with its Top 10 Regions for next year: Corsica (1), The Negev (2); Mustang (3), The Yukon (4), Chachapoyas & Kuélap (5), The US Gulf Coast (6), Carinthia (7), Palawan (8), Japan’s Inland Sea (9) and Campania (10).

BEST IN TRAVEL starts with hundreds of ideas from everyone at Lonely Planet, including its extended family of travellers, bloggers and tweeters. The final selection is made by a panel of in-house travel experts, based on topicality, excitement, value and that special X-factor. Lonely Planet’s focus is on the merits of each destination and the unique experiences they offer travellers.

Other BEST IN TRAVEL 2013 highlights include:

«  The best travel experiences for the year ahead in the book’s 15 Top Travel Lists, including the Best-Value Destinations for 2013 (Rio scores the top spot).

«  More than 35 events mapped out month by month in the 2013 Travel Planner, from the Special Olympics Winter Games in South Korea to Fiestas de Quito in Ecuador.

208pp, full-colour, 180mm x 145mm, paperback
RRP: $24.99
Available from all good bookstores



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Adam Bennett
Lonely Planet
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