If the grey, dreary weather is getting you down, you should start looking up your next holiday as soon as possible.To help you decided on your next big adventure Lonely Planet has released its “Best in Travel” selections for 2018.
If you want to visit the best of the best – Chile is the next top holiday hotspot according to travel experts.
The beautiful South American country has ranked as the number one country to visit next year.
Chile made it to the top spot thanks to “the impenetrable wilds of Patagonia” and the vibrant capital of Santiago.It’s also home to the stunning Torres del Paine National Park and the Atacama Desert, which is one of the best places in the world to see the stars due to its high altitude and dry conditions.
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In San Pedro de Atacama – where the desert is location – travellers can also trek Moon Valley, marvel at Geysers and spot flamingos at the gorgeous Flamencos National Reserve.
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Interestingly South Korea has been ranked in second place, while Portugal came in third.Portugal was also won the title of the Best Destination in Europe at the World Travel Awards 2017.
And the Algarve, in Portugal, was named as Europe’s best beach destination. So if you’re looking for somewhere a little cheaper and closer to home Portugal is your best bet.
But if you’re planing on making 2018 your most adventurous year yet, Chile could be the place for you.
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Undersecretary of Tourism, Javiera Montes, said: “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.”
“This acknowledgement comes on the heels of our recent distinction as South America’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination 2017 in the World Tourism Awards.”
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Sernatur Director Marcela Cabezas said: “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.
Top 10 travel destinations for 2018:
2. South Korea
5. New Zealand
10. South Africa