Lonely Planet - Best in travel, 2009

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[url=http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/news/travel/story.html?id=807ab810-4... Planet presents definitive travel guide for 2009[/url]
Miral Fahmy, Reuters


The travel gurus at Lonely Planet have come up with what they say is the definitive list of what to do and where to go in 2009, and in a condensed format for today's time-strapped travellers.

The Best in Travel 2009, published this month, is a compilation of lists of 850 destinations, journeys and experiences recommended by the guide book publishers. And the longest entry is two pages long.

"We want people to open the book, point their finger and come up with something different every time," Ben Handicott, Lonely Planet associate publisher, told Reuters. "We want people to be able to dip in and out of content, to basically be able to get some ideas and plan their trip on the plane. I guess it's the effect of the Internet."...

Here are Lonely Planet's list of top 10 countries to visit:

1. Algeria
2. Bangladesh
3. Canada
4. Georgia
5. Greenland
6. Kyrgyzstan
7. Oman
8. Peru
9. Rwanda
10. Sierra Leone


What an odd list - I like Lonely Planet (and am also lagatta on their thorn tree board), though like all travel guides they've had contributors who didn't really do their research thoroughly or update it. But it is hard to identify top travel destinations as they'd be so different according to people's interests. You sure as hell ain't getting me to pay money to go anywhere COLDER tha here, such as Greenland. And I suppose I'm getting old and cautious, but I'd be disinclined to go to Rwanda or Algeria until I'm fairly sure that the human rights situation is really vastly improved. I don't know a hell of a lot about most of the other destinations. (Yes, I will study them at the [url=http://www.lonelyplanet.com]www.lonelyplanet.com[/url] website).

Lonely Planet has Australian backpacker roots, and does tend to the more adventurous type of travel, though they have guides and discussion boards on everything.