26 September 2023

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022

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Now that destinations around the world are back on travel itineraries, it’s a good time to take a closer look at what the Lonely Planet divulges about the top 10 countries, cities and regions to visit in 2022.

The Cook Islands claim the coveted spot as the number one country to seek out this year. Remote and proudly independent, it is one of the world’s smallest countries. Norway is in second place, followed by Mauritius.

Queensland’s Scenic Rim has been named the number eight region to visit – an exciting coup for the region and Australia.

According to Lonely Planet’s Chris Zeiher, it’s thrilling to see the Scenic Rim included in the world’s best destinations, especially as it’s such an untouched and diverse eco-based Australian destination. “From the amazing food and wine to the incredible rainforest and bush walks and memorable places to stay, this is an unexpected pocket of Australia that has it all.”

The position of number one city goes to Auckland, New Zealand, recognised for its blossoming cultural scene where the spotlight is on local creativity, while Taipei, Taiwan is second-ranked, with Freiburg, Germany in third place.

Adding to the Best in Travel 2022 list, Lonely Planet’s number one region this year is the Westfjords, Iceland, a region of the island nation untouched by mass tourism where communities are working together to protect and promote their spectacular landscapes.

This is the global travel authority’s 17th annual collection of the world’s hottest destinations and the must-have travel experiences for 2022. This edition places particular emphasis on the best sustainable travel experiences — ensuring travellers will have a positive impact wherever they choose to go.

A thoughtful view on travel in a post-pandemic world, there’s practical information for every destination that will take you out of the ordinary and into some unforgettable experiences. It’s the best of the best!

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