Top 5 Destinations You Must Visit In 2018 According To Lonely Planet

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Top 5 Destinations You Must Visit In 2018 According To Lonely Planet
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If you’re itching with wanderlust and can’t wait for 2018 to start a new year of adventures but haven’t made any plans yet, you might want to go through this list first.

Lonely Planet recently released its list of top countries you need to visit in 2018. The countries consist of places across Asia, South America, Africa, and Europe.

If you’re planning to visit one of these continents, you can add these countries to your expanding bucket list and make your way there next year!

Without further ado, here are the top five countries you need to make your way to in 2018 according to Lonely Planet.

#1 Chile

Wouldn't it be super surreal to see tonnes of alpacas running around freely?
This beautiful lesser-known South American country tops the list and we can understand why. Chile has underrated beauty and breath-taking landscapes, making it an absolute must-visit especially for nature lovers. Just take a look at the Torres del Paine National Park which boasts stunning terrains – mountains, bright-blue icebergs, glaciers, granite formations, and also grasslands full of llamas roaming around.

#2 South Korea

Psst the best time to go is during spring or the cherry blossom season!
Malaysians just love their Korean oppas, K-pop, K-dramas, K-beauty; basically almost everything Korean. This destination has always been a hit among our fellow countrymen so it’s about time you pay a visit to this country and see what the hype is all about. Plus, you get to indulge in authentic Korean food and also shop till you drop!

#3 Portugal

Wow, we'd trade our office desk for a day in that volcanic pool.
Well, if the only thing you know about Portugal is Christiano Ronaldo and egg tarts, then maybe it’s time you pay a visit to this country. Portugal is known as the land of salted cod and grilled sardines as well as having spectacular views and architecture (just Google Pena Palace and Praça do Comércio). If you are a Potterhead, you can pay a visit to a bookstore which J.K Rowling frequents to when she was teaching English in Porto back in 1990.

#4 Djibouti

Head to Moucha Island to experience the vast marine life and of course whale sharks!
To be honest, we’ve never heard of this country before, and it kind of reminds us of a rapper’s stage name. This tiny country located in East Africa and has salt lakes, extinct volcanoes, limestone chimneys, and extraordinary canyons. This place is definitely for the adventurous spirit, and if you’re a marine person, you’ll be delighted to know that it’s a whale shark haven!

#5 New Zealand

Nothing beats that kayak view!
You’ve probably seen epic landscapes, phenomenal lakes, and nature’s wonderful natural light show – Aurora Australis in New Zealand. This place is packed with kiwis, fluffy, sheeps, and is of course well known for Lord of The Rings. There's plenty of acitivities you can do in this country and if you're wondering where to start, you can read our handy Kiwi guide here.

So, if you want to enjoy amazing fresh seafood and take photos that looks like it came straight from a postcard and make your friends on Instagram jealous, New Zealand is the place to be!

Other countries that also made the list and rounding up the top 10 in numerical order are Malta, Georgia, Mauritius, China, and South Africa.

So, which country will you be travelling to in 2018? Share with us in the comments section below!

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