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Lonely Planet reveals 2019’s Best in Travel

LP names hottest countries, cities and regions to visit next year

The centre of Australia has captured the hearts of judges in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019, with the Red Centre named one of the world’s top regions to visit for next year. 


The 14th annual collection of the world’s hottest destinations, Best in Travel 2019 placed The Red Centre in fourth place in its list of Top 10 Regions 2019.




“At the spiritual heart of Australia’s Red Centre is the country’s most recognised natural wonder, Uluru,” Lonely Planet says. 


“In 2019, this sacred site is finally closing to climbers, almost 150 years after explorers decided to ‘conquer the rock’. 


“Instead, visitors will find that this World Heritage site – recognised for its outstanding natural and cultural values – conquers them.” 


In addition to the Red Centre, the Northern Territory was honored with another top ten spot in the collection for Best New Openings - #3 Litchfield National Park


“The most visited park in Australia’s Top End, Litchfield is about to undergo extensive improvements to make it even more attractive to visitors seeking adventure,” LP says. 


“In total, there will be five new swimming spots, at least three new campgrounds and new routes for both mountain biking and 4WDs.”   


Elsewhere, Australia also featured among the Best New Places to Stay (#9 for The Tasman, Hobart), Best New Food Experiences (#4 for  Laura, Mornington Peninsula) and Best New Attractions for Kids (#2 for Live Wire Park, Victoria).


Sri Lanka


The top region for the year is Piedmont (Italy), the top country Sri Lanka, and the top city Copenhagen (Denmark).


Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Regions for 2019 are:

  1. Piedmont, Italy
  2. The Catskills, USA
  3. Northern Peru 
  4. The Red Centre, Australia
  5. Scotland’s Highlands and Islands
  6. Russian Far East
  7. Gujarat, India
  8. Manitoba, Canada
  9. Normandy, France
  10. Elqui Valley, Chile 


Top 10 Countries 2019

  1. Sri Lanka
  2. Germany
  3. Zimbabwe
  4. Panama
  5. Kyrgyzstan
  6. Jordan
  7. Indonesia
  8. Belarus
  9. Sao Tome and Principe
  10. Belize


Top 10 Cities 2019

  1. Copenhagen, Denmark
  2. Shenzhen, China
  3. Novi Sad, Serbia
  4. Miami, Florida, USA
  5. Kathmandu, Nepal
  6. Mexico City, Mexico
  7. Dakar, Senegal
  8. Seattle, USA
  9. Zadar, Croatia
  10. Meknes, Morocco


Best Value Destinations 2019

  1. Southern Nile Valley, Egypt
  2. Lodz, Poland
  3. Great Smoky Mountains NP, USA
  4. Maldives
  5. Houston, USA
  6. Argentina
  7. Bangladesh
  8. Albania
  9. Ecuador
  10. Slovenia


“These are the places to experience in 2019”, says Lonely Planet’ spokesperson Chris Zeiher of the lists, which are decided upon and ranked by a panel of judges. 


“They might be coming into their own, celebrating a once-in-a-lifetime event or simply have been overlooked for too long – whatever the reason, now is the time to plan a trip.”


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 22 October 2018

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