Ten countries you need to visit in 2018 according to Lonely Planet

Every year Lonely Planet launches its Best in Travel campaign, selecting the countries, cities, regions and best value destinations for the coming year. Feast your eyes on the top 10 countries selected as the best countries to visit in 2018.

No 1. With places like the Torres del Paine National Park, why wouldn't you go to Chile? Photo by saiko3p/Shutterstock
No 1. With places like the Torres del Paine National Park, why wouldn't you go to Chile? Photo by saiko3p/Shutterstock
The Seoul cityscape at sunset
No 2. South Korea. The country has embraced its hosting of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and a new high-speed railway line will whisk travellers across the country to the Games. Image: Mlenny/Getty Images
Portugal came away with six top prizes at this year's awards.
No 3. Portugal. Amongst the country's appeal is its incredible affordability and its natural wonders: more than 300 beaches earned the coveted Blue Flag rating. Image: Smileus/Getty Images
No 4. Djibouti. Few countries in the world, with the possible exception of Iceland, offer such weird landscapes as this tiny country on the horn of Africa  – think salt lakes, extinct volcanoes, and sunken plains. Image: Getty
No 4. Djibouti. Few countries in the world, with the possible exception of Iceland, offer such weird landscapes as this tiny country on the horn of Africa – think salt lakes, extinct volcanoes, and sunken plains. Image: Getty
No. 5. New Zealand. This uncrowded, green, peaceful and accepting country is the ultimate escape. Image: Jon Alkain/Shutterstock
No. 5. New Zealand. This uncrowded, green, peaceful and accepting country is the ultimate escape. Image: Jon Alkain/Shutterstock
No 6. Malta. Malta packs glorious variety into its small archipelago. You'll find prehistoric temples, fossil-studded cliffs, hidden coves, thrilling scuba diving and a history of remarkable intensity.  Image: Anton Zelenov/Getty Images
No 6. Malta. Malta packs glorious variety into its small archipelago. You'll find prehistoric temples, fossil-studded cliffs, hidden coves, thrilling scuba diving and a history of remarkable intensity. Image: Anton Zelenov/Getty Images
No 7. Georgia. Located at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia this is one of the most beautiful countries on earth and a marvellous canvas for walkers, horse riders, cyclists, skiers, rafters and travellers of every kind. Image: Shutterstock
No 7. Georgia. Located at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia this is one of the most beautiful countries on earth and a marvellous canvas for walkers, horse riders, cyclists, skiers, rafters and travellers of every kind. Image: Shutterstock
No 8. Mauritius. New connections to Mauritius include Air Mauritius and KLM’s service from Amsterdam. Past glories are also getting a spotlight in 2018, when the island celebrates 50 years of independence. Image: Claire Willans
No 8. Mauritius. New connections to Mauritius include Air Mauritius and KLM’s service from Amsterdam. Past glories are also getting a spotlight in 2018, when the island celebrates 50 years of independence. Image: Claire Willans
No 9. China. You're spoilt for choice: whether you’re an urban traveller, hiker, cyclist, explorer, backpacker, irrepressible museum-goer or faddish foodie, China’s diversity is second to none. Image: Shutterstock
No 9. China. You're spoilt for choice: whether you’re an urban traveller, hiker, cyclist, explorer, backpacker, irrepressible museum-goer or faddish foodie, China’s diversity is second to none. Image: Shutterstock
No 10. South Africa. This year the country’s many attractions will be bolstered by ‘Nelson Mandela Centenary 2018: Be the Legacy’, an official programme of events – some sporting, some educational, others devoted to the arts – aimed at honouring the legendary leader. Image: South African Tourism
No 10. South Africa. This year the country’s many attractions will be bolstered by ‘Nelson Mandela Centenary 2018: Be the Legacy’, an official programme of events – some sporting, some educational, others devoted to the arts – aimed at honouring the legendary leader. Image: South African Tourism