Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2017 ~ Book Review

Lonely Planet authors, editors, and bloggers shared their current list of must visit places for this year. They shortened the list to 10 countries, 10 regions, and 10 cities from all over the world.

In a nice small format, it is a great inspiration and guide to visit some places in the world that one might not have considered. Lonely Planet often sets the trends!

Canada is listed in the Top 10 Countries! 

It was wonderful to see Canada as the first country mentioned in the top 10 countries section of this guide. Canada is celebrating 150 years in 2017 and there are many celebrations planned all over the country.

Each country, regions, and cities listed is presented with an interesting introduction, an itinerary, unmissable experiences, and best time to visit. I noticed that each country includes several suggestions of places to visit that include different areas, for example in Canada, the writer mentions places on the West Coast as well as in Ontario and Quebec. 

Part of the Top Regions, The Azores in Portugal

The Top 10 Regions is my favourite section. A region in a country could maybe be explored easier than trying to fit in many stops in one country, while at the same time give a little more than visiting one city. 

Bordeaux, France is in the Top 10 Cities ~
My maternal grandparents lived just South of Bordeaux
and I loved visiting this city! 

Along with the 3 top 10 categories, there are four other categories listed under a chapter called "Best of the Rest". Each list has 10 places listed: 

  • Best value destination
  • Family adventure destinations
  • Best new openings
  • Best places to stay
The last section is called Top 5 Travel Trends, which include:
  • micro-distilleries
  • the world is your office 
  • bikepacking
  • be instavidual
  • sustainable travel
These last pages were so interesting. In the "the world is your office" I read about online freelancing, mobile technology and co-working spaces all over the world. This information would be very useful to anyone looking to work while traveling. In "bikepacking" and "sustainable travel", I was inspired to think more deeply about potential future vacations. 

Bikepacking ~ This would be great to do
on Prince Edward Island too (not listed, just my opinion!)

Several of the places listed are not well known yet, some are just starting to see their tourism traffic increase, so 2017 could be a great time to visit them before everyone else finds out! This guide could be a great help in getting inspired for your next adventures and experiences. 

Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2017 can be found at:

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review from Raincoast Books. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.