For the fifteenth consecutive time, the popular publisher Lonely Planet has compiled a list of the best destinations that this year has to offer.
Every year, the editor evaluates the destinations nominated by its vast community of staff, writers, bloggers, editorial partners and more. From this year’s nominations, they have chosen the top 10 countries, regions, cities and destinations of best value.
In compiling this year’s Best in Travel list, the editor emphasized the most resonant theme of the current days: sustainability. This is the reason why their selection is specifically aimed at travelers who have a positive impact wherever they choose to go around the world.
Among the many reasons why the South Asian country, Bhutan, occupies the first place on the list, it is its approach to a greener life that has attracted the most attention, to be selected as the top of the list. In 2020, the kingdom will become the first completely organic nation.
The second place in the category of the main countries belongs to England, while North Macedonia occupies the third place.
Aruba occupies the position number 4 in the list. In southern Aruba, the cultural center of San Nicolás, known as Sunrise City, enjoys a colorful and creative renaissance, with international and local artists adorning the walls of the streets and emerging carnival experiences that extend happy and positive vibes more beyond the annual festivities.
Equally important and worthy of celebration are the country’s ambitious sustainability efforts. Aruba has offered the island to be a testing center for renewable energy solutions in other countries and is working to implement a ban on all single-use plastics and sunscreens that destroy the reefs in 2020.
The fifth country in the publishing is South Africa. Here a small, pleasant and full of culture, adventure and legendary wildlife, the newly named Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) is one of the most underrated, and consequently least visited, destinations in southern Africa.
The place features a new international airport, as well as an improved road infrastructure between the conservation areas and the capital, aimed to increase the number of visitors in the coming years. The varied landscapes within its parks and reserves provide an exciting revelation after another, whether in zip lines, trekking, white water rafting or amazing encounters with rhinos.
The sixth place is for Central America. In the region, Costa Rica flies the flag of sustainable tourism. Our vast biodiversity and incredible places to visit are some of the reasons that support the choice. Here, the visitors love to see sloths hanging in the trees, red-eyed frogs that paralyze their predators in the rainforests, and dolphins and whales in the Pacific coast.
Costa Ricans understand the importance of preserving their portion of tropical paradise and have found a way to invite others while living in harmony with their neighbors. Besides, ninety percent of the country’s energy is created by renewable sources, and it could become one of the first carbon neutral countries in 2020.
Here, during their family vacations, adventurers can walk volcanoes or ride a zip line, while those who crave ’time for being away of the hustle and bustle’ or even the couples in their honeymoon can enjoy excellent yoga retreats and spa experiences, as there are varied hotel options offering these services at different budgets.
Not for nothing, our popular phrase “pura vida” (pure life) is more than a saying, it is truly a way of life!
The next place in the list is the Netherlands. In the year that marks 75 years of freedom since the end of World War II, the Netherlands is ready to celebrate with events across the country. Amsterdam is always a worth-visit destination, but by making use of the excellent train network, you can explore a lot of celebrations in dazzling cities and get more for your euros.
April and May are the best months to visit it, since you can enjoy King’s Day, Liberation Day and the famous Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in the country this year.
In the eighth position there can be found Liberia. For most strangers, Liberia is a mystery. But those who are aware of that are lyrical about the optimism of its people and the natural wonders of the country. In the area, its beautiful beaches stand out, bathed by some of the best waves in West Africa in low-profile resorts like Robertsport.
Then there is the Toad National Park, the second largest area of primary forest in West Africa. In these dense forests, you have the chance to run into chimpanzees, forest elephants and the famous pygmy hippos of Liberia, no bigger than a Shetland pony. Better yet, an innovative development agreement with Norway to stop all deforestation by 2020 seems ready to keep this natural treasure safe for generations.
Position number 9 is for Morocco, a country that is having a moment, with traditional attractions complemented by sustainable but elegant accommodations, restaurants serving seasonal products and coastal wellness retreats that combine yoga and surfing. Thanks to the improved infrastructure, it is easier to move on the road, while Africa’s first high-speed train means it can fly from Casablanca to Tangier in just two hours.
Finally, Uruguay occupies the last but not least position in the list. With 660 km of Rio de la Plata and the Atlantic coast, a flourishing wine industry, bubbling hot springs and endless rolling pastures where the greatness of South America feels seductively tangible, Uruguay has something for everyone.
The country has also defended the promotion of sustainable tourism. But what visitors remember most is the relaxed, welcoming and realistic people of Uruguay, and the subtle, but deep beauty of the country’s landscape, from the long and untamed Atlantic coast to the unlimited open spaces of the lowlands.
Here you have the Top 10 destinations listed in the publishing for best countries and best destinations:
Now you know, if you are looking for a great destination for your next holidays, check the list and decide. And, if you want an unparalleled travel and memorable vacations, then contact us! Costa Rica will never disappoint you!