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Lonely Planet unveils its top travel spots for 2020

Annual Best in Travel lists revealed

Highlighting what it considers to be the best travel experiences on offer in the year ahead, Lonely Planet has released its annual Best in Travel lists for 2020. 


Vancouver, Canada


In its 15th edition, the collection names Bhutan as 2020’s Top Country for travel, Salzburg (Austria) as the Top City, the Central Asian Silk Road as the Top Region, and East Nusa Tenggara (Indonesia) as the Best Value Destination of 2020. 


Normally a high performer, Australasia is surprisingly absent in the four biggest categories, with only Lord Howe Island making the cut for Top Regions to visit. But Lonely Planet does wax lyrical about the NSW territory. 


"Parked in the middle of nowhere 600km off the Australian coast, this visually stunning island makes an instant impact on the senses with its jaw-dropping World Heritage–listed beauty," it writes.


The Top 10 Countries

  1. Bhutan

  2. England

  3. North Macedonia

  4. Aruba

  5. Swaziland

  6. Costa Rica

  7. The Netherlands

  8. Liberia

  9. Morocco

  10. Uruguay


Galway, Ireland


The Top 10 Cities

  1. Salzburg (Austria)

  2. Washington DC (USA)

  3. Cairo (Egypt)

  4. Galway (Ireland)

  5. Bonn (Germany)

  6. La Paz (Bolivia)

  7. Kochi (India)

  8. Vancouver (Canada)

  9. Dubai (UAE)

  10. Denver (USA)


The Top 10 Regions

  1. The Central Asian Silk Road

  2. Le Marche (Italy)

  3. Tohoku (Japan)

  4. Maine (USA)

  5. Lord Howe Island (Australia)

  6. Guizhou Province (China)

  7. Cadiz Province (Spain)

  8. Northeast Argentina 

  9. Kvarner Gulf (Croatia)

  10. Brazilian Amazon


Stellenbosch, South Africa


The Best Value Destinations

  1. East Nusa Tenggara (Indonesia)

  2. Budapest (Hungary)

  3. Madhya Pradesh (India)

  4. Buffalo (USA)

  5. Azerbaijan

  6. Serbia

  7. Tunisia

  8. Cape Winelands (South Africa)

  9. Athens (Greece)

  10. Zanzibar (Tanzania) 


LP’s Best in Travel lists are decided on by a panel of travel experts, with each awardee “chosen for its topicality, unique experiences and ‘wow’ factor”. This year’s edition places a particular emphasis on sustainable travel experiences.


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 22 October 2019

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