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LP Pathfinders blog round-up: Best in Travel 2017

We decided to mix things up this month, asking Lonely Planet Pathfinders to share stories about our Best in Travel destinations, instead of their most recent posts. The response was phenomenal – our Pathfinders are clearly ahead of the curve, having already visited many of our top picks for the coming year!

A few destinations seem to be particularly popular amongst the travel blogging community. Here are the stand-out accounts.

shutterstock_140375785 The Montréal skyline at sunset © Songquan Deng / Shutterstock

Canada: our #1 Best in Travel country for 2017

One day in Montréal: a self-guided walking tour – Marie-France Roy

Born and raised in Montréal, Marie shares her expert tips on exploring the city in a day. Her detailed itinerary is ideal for time-strapped travel planners and is packed with local tips. Discover the top spot for maple-flavoured delights and the mountain that gave Montréal its name.

Marie is a flashpacker whose goal is to visit 100 countries. Follow her blog at bigtravelnut.com

Also worth a read:

The wildlife of Clayoquot Sound – Kat Burrington
Pacific Coast dreamin’ in Tofino – Macca & Brianna

Finland: our #3 Best in Travel country for 2017

Helsinki on a budget – Diana Biason

Travelling in Finland on a budget can be a daunting prospect. But Sam has plenty of suggestions for money-conscious travellers in the nation’s capital. Her photos help encapsulate the city and the many tips and useful links make this the perfect planning resource.

Sydney girl Sam lives in Doha with her husband and loves to eat her way around new places. Follow her blog at yokomeshii.com

Also worth a read:

Accessible winter fun at Suomenlinna Sea Fortress – Cory Lee
A travel guide to Kimito Island – Audrey Bergner

Fisherman leg rowing on Inle Lake. Fisherman leg rowing on Inle Lake © Matt Munro / Lonely Planet

Myanmar: our #9 Best in Travel country for 2017

Top 5 experiences in Myanmar – Oksana and Max

Oksana and Max’s blog about their favourite experiences in Myanmar is illustrated with tons of beautiful photos that bring this mysterious country to life. If this increasingly popular destination wasn’t on your travel list already, it soon will be.

Digital nomads Oksana and Max are on a mission to build a sustainable travel lifestyle. Follow their blog at drinkteatravel.com

Also worth a read:

10 reasons to travel to Myanmar – Will Hatton
10 ways to slow down on Inle Lake – Keith Van Tassel

Portuguese tarts from Pateis de Belem. Portuguese tarts from Pateis de Belem © Matt Munro / Lonely Planet

Lisbon: our #8 Best in Travel city for 2017

A street art guide to Lisbon – Yasmine Awwad

Yasmine has chosen to focus on one fascinating aspect of the Portuguese capital: its street art. Showcasing an array of murals spanning multiple neighbourhoods, these photos are a window on the colourful world of urban art in Lisbon.

Yasmine is a food-loving traveller currently galavanting around Europe. Follow her blog at peekingduck.co

Also worth a read:

The colours of Lisbon – Claire & Laura
Pasteis de nata: worth the hype? – Madeline Quigley

Los Angeles: our #3 Best in Travel city for 2017

Straight outta Compton – Jonathan Hopwood

All three of our chosen LA posts focus on the lesser-known sides to the city – but Jon’s post highlights the ultimate quirky attraction. Simon Rodia’s name may not be on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but this thoughtful post has us convinced that his creation is worth a visit.

Jonathan’s aim is to make his next five years of travel more adventurous than any before. Follow his blog at fiveyearsproject.blogspot.co.uk

Also worth a read:

History and margaritas at El Pueblo de Los Angeles – Karen Warren
Little Armenia, Thai Town and Hollywood Forever – Brian Cicioni

Find out what else the Lonely Planet Pathfinders are up to (or sign up yourself!) by checking out the Travel Bloggers: your stories forum on Thorn Tree.