Lonely Planet Releases Its List For The Best Destinations For 2022


Back in 1973, British couple Tony and Maureen Wheeler published a guidebook entitled Across Asia on The Cheap. Little did they know that it would lay the foundation for a worldwide travel brand, the Lonely Planet…



With the world slowly reopening after the pandemic, travel is undeniably front of mind for many of us. Thanks to Lonely Planet and their new book, Best in Travel 2022, we have a guide of the next places to add to your bucket list! So, without further ado, here are the top 10 cities, regions, and countries, according to travel gurus Lonely Planet!


Top 10 Countries



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Coming in at the 10th spot is Egypt, home to the Pyramids of Giza, and one of the seven wonders of the world. Despite over 4,500 years of history, researchers are still learning more about these architectural marvels every year, like the 207-foot-tall Pyramid of Dozer that reopened last year!




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Small yet humble, there are treasures to be had in the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, not to mention less tourists as you visit the mesmerising Lake Malawi… the world’s ninth largest lake! Malawi also has ample of safaris where you can watch elephants, baboons, hippos, and more in their native habitats.





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This Himalayan nation has much more to offer than its infamous Mount Everest… In the region of Mustang, trekkers can explore the high desert and interact with locals at homsestays along the way, dining on Nepali specialities like coffee with yak butter and momos served ‘kothey’ style (half fried and half steamed).




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If you love scouting for fjords, then Oman is the place for you! In Musandam, Oman, bordering the Strait of Hormuz, mountains reach heights of 2,000 meters to create an impeccable backdrop for narrow stretches of water. You can even experience ‘the Empty Quarter’, an expanse of desert where Oman meets Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates!





Though Anguilla is not technically a country, it is still a Caribbean Island deserving of a closer look… Aquamarine Sea, public beaches, warm temperatures, great food and great hospitality – what else could you need?




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Eastern Europe is one of the most popular destinations in the world, but Slovenia is often overlooked. Since the country is small, visitors can cover quite a wide range of terrain in a short amount of time, from the breath-taking Lake Bled to the capital of Ljubljana.





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Mayan ruins, electric-blue waters, wildlife and much more, Belize is home to UNESCO World Heritage-listed Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System.




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One of the most beautiful countries to rest on the Indian Ocean is Mauritius, which is ‘inhabited by a multi-racial, peaceful people, covered in great golf courses, offering myriad water sports, mountain trekking, hunting, birdwatching, luxurious resorts, an old colonial capital, great food, three-and-four-star hotels, one of the world’s best botanical gardens, good nightlife, beautiful beach bars… one of the oldest horse racing tracks in the world, and great sightseeing’, as CNN wrote.




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One of the world’s happiest countries is also one of the world’s most spectacular places, and Norway is the best place to take in some peaceful energy as you head to Bøkeskogen, the world’s northernmost beech forest.


Cook Islands


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Last but not least is the Cook Islands, a gateway to some of the most beautiful places on the planet… A group of 15 islands in the South Pacific, home to water-centric activities like snorkelling, diving, and fishing, and the native Maori community in Te Vara Nui Village.



Top 10 Regions:

Westfjords, Iceland

West Virginia, US

Xishuangbanna, China

Kent’s Heritage Coast, UK

Puerto Rico, US

Shikoku Japan,

Atacama Desert, Chile

The Scenic Rim, Australia

Vancouver Island, Canada

Burgundy, France.


Top 10 cities

Auckland, New Zealand

Taipei, Taiwan

Freiburg, Germany

Atlanta, US

Lagos, Nigeria

Nicosia/Lefkosia, Cyprus

Dublin, Ireland

Merida, Mexico

Florence, Italy

Gyeongju, South Korea

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