Lonely Planet's best destinations for 2020 have been released.
It's the moment keen traveller's wait for: the day that top places to visit for the new year are announced.
In this edition, Australia shoots up the charts making it into the top five of the prestigious list.
Lord Howe Island is the destination that took out this coveted spot and when we think about it, it's not that surprising.
"Parked in the middle of nowhere 600km off the Australian coast, this visually stunning island makes an instant impact on the senses with its jaw-dropping World Heritage-listed beauty," writes Lonely Planet. "Two soaring green mountains overlook a perfect lagoon and the world’s southernmost coral reef; perfect crescents of beach and splendid hiking trails through the lush forest add to brilliant outdoors possibilities."
I mean, it does sound pretty incredible.
We're already planning our trip, but if you're wondering who else to add to your bucketlist, here are the top 10:took out the other spots in the top 10:
1. Central Asian Silk Road
2. Le Marche, Italy
3. Tohoku, Japan
4. Maine, USA
5. Lord Howe Island, Australia
6. Guizhou Province, China
7. Cadiz Province, Spain
8. Northeast Argentina
9. Kvarner Gulf, Croatia
10. Brazilian Amazon
Best in Travel 2020 is Lonely Planet’s 15th annual collection of the world’s hottest destinations and journeys for the year ahead. The best-selling, inspirational travel yearbook highlights the top 10 countries, cities, regions, and best-value destinations that Lonely Planet's experts recommend for 2020. This edition places particular emphasis on sustainable travel experiences - ensuring travellers will have a positive impact wherever they choose to go.