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Old 10-31-2014, 03:46 PM
 
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Singapore, Washington, D.C., top Lonely Planet's list for 2015 destinations


Top 10 Countries

1. Singapore
2. Namibia
3. Lithuania
4. Nicaragua
5. Ireland
6. Republic of Congo
7. Serbia
8. The Philippines
9. St Lucia
10. Morocco

Top 10 Cities

1. Washington, DC, USA
2. El Chaltén, Argentina
3. Milan, Italy
4. Zermatt, Switzerland
5. Valletta, Malta
6. Plovdiv, Bulgaria
7. Salisbury, UK
8. Vienna, Austria
9. Chennai, India
10. Toronto, Canada

Top 10 Regions

1. Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey
2. Rocky Mountain National Park, USA
3. The Toledo District, Belize
4. Tasmania, Australia
5. Northern Norway
6. Khumbu, Nepal
7. Copper Canyon, Mexico
8. Flores, Indonesia
9. Atacama Desert, Chile
10. Macau, China

Best Value Destinations

1. Tunisia
2. South Africa
3. Shanghai
4. Samoa
5. Bali
6. Uruguay
7. Portugal
8. Taiwan
9. Romania
10. Burkina Faso
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Old 10-31-2014, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Northern Ireland
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We might visit Washington this summer
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Old 10-31-2014, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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I wonder what the criteria for their lists are. I like Lonely Planet enough to thoroughly enjoy collecting and reading their pricey books, but sometimes their social media'ing is a bit tacky.

It is nice that they include some less though-of countries though. Serbia is an interesting pick.

I've been to Nicaragua back in 2012 and it really is a great alternative to Costa Rica. I would like to go back and finish up some stops I never made it to the first time around.
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Old 10-31-2014, 08:42 PM
 
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This list is appalling. Washington and Singapore are two of the most boring places in the world.
My understanding is: if you visited all the places we recommended previously, you might want to check out this place.
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Old 10-31-2014, 08:43 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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The sooner obselete companies like Lonely Planet go out of business, the better. This is 2014, not 1974.
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Old 11-01-2014, 02:04 AM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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My hometown and my last town at the top of the cities and countries list. Yeah!
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Old 11-01-2014, 09:07 AM
 
Location: D.C.
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Nice to see the area that I live at the top. Honestly, D.C. is probably my favorite place I've lived with Seattle being a close second. So many great museums, restaurants, monuments, live music venues in this area it boggles my mind sometimes. And just go west about 45 minutes and there are some great hiking trails in Shenandoah National Park.

I was in Singapore last December, and I have to say it really exceeded my expectations. I'm not a huge fan of hot steamy weather, but this place has so much. The botanical gardens is a must-see. If you're a foodie and don't mind splurging a little check out Iggy's. Easily one of the best restaurants I've been at.

Also nice to see Morocco on the list. I really enjoyed visiting there.

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Old 11-01-2014, 11:54 AM
 
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I wonder what the criteria for their lists are. I like Lonely Planet enough to thoroughly enjoy collecting and reading their pricey books, but sometimes their social media'ing is a bit tacky.

It is nice that they include some less though-of countries though. Serbia is an interesting pick.

I've been to Nicaragua back in 2012 and it really is a great alternative to Costa Rica. I would like to go back and finish up some stops I never made it to the first time around.
They come up with lists like this every year. And generally do a good job with their picks:
The list was compiled through criteria such as whether there was a special event next year, or because the writers believed that the destination will soon become a big hit. Smaller countries were given a fair opportunity as recent developments were considered, meaning that the more well-known travel destinations would not be able to dominate.
Singapore tops list of best countries to visit in 2015 - Travel - The Independent
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Old 11-01-2014, 11:57 AM
 
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This list is appalling. Washington and Singapore are two of the most boring places in the world.
My understanding is: if you visited all the places we recommended previously, you might want to check out this place.
They pick cities every year. So it cannot be repetitive. They picked Singapore for a reason.
Topping the list of countries to visit in 2015 is Singapore, which Lonely Planet praises for its heritage, green spaces and glitzy shopping centres. The country also celebrates its 50th anniversary of independence next year, meaning there will be a host of new attractions – such as the National Art Gallery and the Singapore Sports Hub – as well as plenty of festivals and celebrations.

Singapore is closely tailed by Namibia and Lithuania, which come in second and third place respectively.

And D.C. is a great place. Free museums and all!
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Old 11-02-2014, 06:08 AM
 
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I wonder what the criteria for their lists are. I like Lonely Planet enough to thoroughly enjoy collecting and reading their pricey books, but sometimes their social media'ing is a bit tacky.
I too am wondering how they got to this list of places!
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