Lonely Planet's top travel picks for 2014

Looking for an affordable beach holiday in 2014? Lonely Planet recommends Nicaragua. (rj lerich /...

Looking for an affordable beach holiday in 2014? Lonely Planet recommends Nicaragua. (rj lerich / Shutterstock.com)


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Lonely Planet has released the results of its biggest travel guide of the year, "Best in Travel 2014," which includes picks for the top 10 cities, countries, and regions to visit.

Editors picked Brazil as the top country; Paris the top city, and the Greek Islands as the best-value destination for next year.

Other categories include Best Adventure Travel, Sights to Make You Feel Small, Hidden Foodie Highlights and Top Shakespearean Sites to help mark the 450th anniversary of the playwright's birth.

The guidebook has also launched a contest inviting globetrotters to write a blurb on one of the best cities for 2014 describing why those chose it. The winning entrant will receive an all-expense-paid trip to a Best in Travel 2014 city of their choosing.

Additional details can be found by visiting www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel or www.lonelyplanet.com/where-would-you-go.

Here's a selection of the top 10 rankings:

Top 10 Countries
1.    Brazil
2.    Antarctica
3.    Scotland
4.    Sweden
5.    Malawi
6.    Mexico
7.    Seychelles
8.    Belgium
9.    Macedonia
10.  Malaysia

Top 10 Cities
1.   Paris, France
2.   Trinidad, Cuba
3.    Cape Town, South Africa
4.    Riga, Latvia
5.    Zurich, Switzerland
6.    Shanghai, China
7.    Vancouver, Canada
8.    Chicago, USA
9.    Adelaide, Australia
10.  Auckland, New Zealand

Top 10 Regions

1.    Sikkim, India
2.    The Kimberley, Australia
3.    Yorkshire, UK
4.    Hokuriku, Japan
5.    Texas, USA
6.     Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe & Zambia
7.     Mallorca, Spain
8.     West Coast, New Zealand
9.     Hunan, China
10.   Ha'Apai, Tonga

Best Value Destinations
1.    Greek Islands
2.    Italy's Heel
3.    Nicaragua
4.    Bulgaria
5.    Portugal
6.    Fiji
7.    Mexico
8.    Karnataka, India
9.    Palawan, The Philippines
10.  Ethiopia