Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 is the highly anticipated collection of the world’s hottest trends, destinations and experiences for the year ahead. The bestselling, inspirational travel yearbook from the world’s number one travel publisher, highlights the top ten countries, cities and regions that Lonely Planet’s experts recommend travellers experience in 2014.
Brazil receives the accolade of the number one country in the world to visit next year, followed by Antarctica and Scotland, whilst Paris comes top of the cities list, beating Trinidad in Cuba and Cape Town in South Africa. The region which Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 declares a must-see in the coming year is Sikkim in India, with the Kimberley in Australia and Yorkshire in the UK also making the top 3.
The destinations featured in the book are selected because they meet certain criteria; it could be that there is something special going on that year, that there’s been recent development and a lot of buzz about the place, or that we think it’s up-and-coming and suggest travellers visit before the crowds do.
According to the book there are a number of reasons why Brazil is the standout country to visit in 2014: “As if endless strands of sun-toasted coast, mountains splashed with Crayola-green rainforest and significant populations of some the planet’s most beautiful colonial villages and wildlife didn’t already add up to an unfair share of heaven, Brazil goes and snags two of the most coveted sporting events in the world, beginning with the 2014 FIFA World Cup and followed two years later by the 2016 Summer Olympics. Tack on a recession-dodging economy, and boom! Brazil is the belle of the ball.”
Along with Scotland, Paris and Yorkshire other European destinations highlighted in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 include Sweden, which is number four on the top countries list and Belgium which is number eight.
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 also contains 17 inspirational travel themed lists, from the best value destinations for 2014, to special anniversaries, best family travel and the best places for cat lovers.
Selecting what to include in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel publication is a considered process involving Lonely Planet’s authors, editors and online community. The final selection and ranking is made by a panel of in-house experts who give each destination in the shortlist a score in line with criteria such as topicality, excitement and “x-factor”.
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 is priced at £9.99 and will be available in stores from Tuesday 29th October.
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