Lonely Planet unveiled its annual collection of the best travel destinations for 2019, trends, journeys and experiences to have in the year ahead.
The experts revealed the best travel destinations for 2019 – top 10 countries, cities, regions and best value places to visit in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019.
Sri Lanka – the island opening up to new travelers like never before – claims the coveted spot as the number one country to visit in 2019. Denmark’s “capital of cool”, Copenhagen is named the number one city for its world-renowned food scene and credentials as a design powerhouse. The number one region is the Piedmont area of Italy, home to Leonardo Da Vinci and new UNESCO heritage sites.
Each year, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel is selected by a panel of judges based on nominations from its vast community of editors, researchers, locals and influencers. The outcome is an eclectic list of destinations with unique, compelling and topical reasons to visit in the year ahead – as well as underlying travel trends to look for. Lonely Planet also selects the best New Openings, Places to Stay, Food Experiences and Attractions for Kids.
“These are the places to experience in 2019,” said Lonely Planet Destination Editor Trisha Ping. “They might be coming into their own, celebrating a once-in-a-lifetime event or simply have been overlooked for too long – whatever the reason, now is the time to plan a trip.”
Here are the top 10 countries to visit:
Timeless temples, rich and accessible wildlife, growing surf scene and some incredible natural beauty. Is it any wonder Sri Lanka tops this list?
Big Five. Victoria Falls. National Parks. Enough said.
White-sand beaches to tropical rainforests, misty highlands and indigenous culture – what more can a travel lover want?
Explore more than 2700km of newly marked trekking routes to discover its unspoilt natural beauty.
Explore the Rift Valley landscape, go hiking and float in the Dead Sea.
Indonesia is not just home to exotic Bali but also look beyond to find stunning natural beauty. Hang out with orangutans in Sumatra and explore its gorgeous islands.
Arrive in Minsk to this quietly undderated country and explore its cafe culture and superb summer parties.
São Tomé & Príncipe
The two-island nation of São Tomé & Príncipe can be found in the Gulf of Guinea. Visit for surreal landscapes, coffee plantations and stunning beaches.
Home to the world’s largest barrier reef and some of the most extensive and accessible cave systems in Central America.
How many of these are on your bucket list? Start planning now!