Lonely Planet’s top destinations for 2019 revealed

Lonely Planet’s best travel destinations for 2019 have been named, with South Asian island and a stylish Scandinavian city topping the list.

The travel publishers revealed its top spots to visit in its latest book, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019.

Sri Lanka – an island in the Indian ocean that’s increasingly opening up to new travellers – claimed the coveted spot as the number one country to visit in 2019, followed by Germany in second and Zimbabwe in third.

Denmark’s “capital of cool”, Copenhagen, was named the top city to visit – lauded for its well renowned food scene and design credentials – followed by the “Silicon Valley of China”, Shēnzhèn and Serbia’s up-and-coming youth and culture capital, Novi Sad.

The number one region was revealed as Piedmond in Italy, known as the home of Leonardo DaVinci and boasting new UNESCO heritage sites. Celebrating 50 years since it hosted Woodstock, the USA’s Catskills in New York state was named second, followed by Northern Peru.

Top 10 Cities

1. Copenhagen, Denmark
2. Shēnzhèn, 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. Meknès, Morocco

Best Value Destinations

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

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