There are so many places worth discovering that choosing a destination is a very difficult task. That is why the travel-related rankings prepared by some portals and specialized companies are so practical to us. It is the case of Lonely planet, that every year publishes several lists on the destinations of the moment, thanks to the work of its authors and editors, who conscientiously scrutinize hundreds of recommendations.
If the other day we talked to you about the best cities to travel in 2018 according to the largest publisher of travel guides in the world, today we want to tell you what the countries most recommended. Would you like to join us?
According to Lonely Planet, the best country in the world to travel in 2018 is Chile, which it defines as a long and vital country. Isolated from South America by the Andes to the east, it has the Atacama desert to the north and the Patagonia, with its impenetrable nature, to the south. In 2018 they celebrate 200 years of independence of the country, making it an excellent time to visit it.
In second position in the ranking we find South Korea, which above all surprises for its modern and futuristic capital, Seoul, which is full of skyscraper And it has had a facelift this year with the opening of Seoullo 7017 Park, a disused elevated highway that has filled with cafes, bars, and libraries. In 2018 it will host the Winter Olympics.
Closing the top 3 we find Portugal, a dynamic center of art, culture and gastronomy. On the other hand, we must highlight its incredible affordability and its natural wonders. In fact, last year more than 300 beaches got the coveted Blue Flag.
You may not even have heard of it, but Djibouti has sneaked in fourth on the list. Because of the plaques tectonic diverging, this small country will be divided into three. Here you will enjoy a heady culture, captivating beaches and impressive diving with whale sharks.
In fifth position we find New Zealand, which in 2018 will include a new route to its great network of trails, the Great walks. It is the first time since it opened 25 years ago. It is a 65-kilometer route in memory of the 29 miners who died in 2010.
We return to Europe to talk about Malta, an archipelago with prehistoric temples, 17th-century fortifications and tunnels. Valletta, its capital, will be the European Capital of Culture in 2018, so it will host all kinds of events interesting, like baroque festivals.
In seventh position we find Georgia, which is located in the South Caucasus. Progressive and traditional at the same time, this country is proud of its region winery. In addition, we must comment that 100 years ago he obtained his independence.
This year Mauricio occupies the eighth position in the ranking. It is an idyllic island famous for its beautiful cerulean seas and its luxurious resorts. Of course, one of the reasons why it has entered the list is because the government has declared the island the base of flights to the American continent. In addition, next year it celebrates the 50th anniversary of its independence.
In ninth position is China, the most populous country in the world, which is beautiful and enormous and full of mystery and adventure. It is important to comment that it has recently inaugurated extensive high-speed train lines. Furthermore, the Forbidden City has been reformed in recent years.
Finally, we must talk about South Africa, considered by many to be one of the most attractive countries in the world for its beaches, its mountains, its fauna and its wine. It is important to note that next year the Nelson Mandela Centenary 2018: Be the Legacy is celebrated.
Top 10 countries to visit in 2019 - Lonely Planet's Best in Travel (February 2021)
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