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Lonely Planet's announced best places to visit in 2018

Lonely Planet, one of the most renowned travel guide producers in the world announced the world’s hottest destinations that should feature on every traveler’s wish list for 2018. Here is the selection of the top ten countries, cities, regions and best value destinations that Lonely Planet’s experts recommend travelers experience in 2018.

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Chile takes the coveted top spot of the best country for travelers in 2018, while Seville receives the accolade of number one city in the world to visit next year. Chile was the only South American country to earn a spot on the list and ranked first in the Countries categories.

Hot on the Spanish city’s heels is the American comeback city of Detroit and Australia’s overlooked capital Canberra. The region which Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2018 declares the number one must-see in the coming year is Belfast and the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland with Alaska and Slovenia’s Julian Alps also making the top three. Tallinn, Estonia has been crowned Lonely Planet’s best value destination of 2018, closely followed by Lanzarote in the Canary Islands and Arizona in the USA.

“This distinction is big news for Chile and reaffirms the government’s successful campaign to market the country as must-see international tourism destination. And the statistics confirm this as well, with a record-breaking influx of 5.5 million foreign tourists in 2016,” said Undersecretary of Tourism, Javiera Montes.

Sernatur Director Marcela Cabezas also asserted that, “recognition by Lonely Planet is an award that all Chileans can feel proud of as it highlights both the natural beauty of our country and the outstanding hospitality of its people. This acknowledgement comes on the heels of our recent distinction as South America’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination 2017 in the World Tourism Awards.”

Best in Travel 2018 Top 10 Countries

  1. Chile
  2. South Korea
  3. Portugal
  4. Djibouti
  5. New Zealand
  6. Malta
  7. Georgia
  8. Mauritius
  9. China
  10. South Africa

Best in Travel 2018 Top 10 Regions

  1. Belfast & the Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland
  2. Alaska, USA
  3. Julian Alps, Slovenia
  4. Languedoc-Roussillon, France
  5. Kii Peninsula, Japan
  6. Aeolian Islands, Italy
  7. Southern USA
  8. Lahaul & Spiti, India
  9. Bahia, Brazil
  10. Los Haitises National Park, Dominican Republic

Best in Travel 2018 Top 10 Cities

  1. Seville, Spain
  2. Detroit, USA
  3. Canberra, Australia
  4. Hamburg, Germany
  5. Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  6. Antwerp, Belgium
  7. Malera, Italy
  8. San Juan, Puerto Rico
  9. Guanajuato, Mexico
  10. Oslo, Norway

Best in Travel 2018 Top 10 Best Value

  1. Tallinn, Estonia
  2. Lanzarote, Canary Islands
  3. Arizona, USA
  4. La Paz, Bolivia
  5. Poland
  6. Essaouira, Morocco
  7. United Kingdom
  8. Baja California, Mexico
  9. Jacksonville, FL - USA
  10. Hunan, China

Photographer: Turismo Chile