Lonely Planet’s top 10 countries to visit in 2017
A woman looks out over Moraine Lake in Alberta, Canada.(Jordan Siemens / Getty Images)
Cali is the capital of the Valle del Cauca department in Colombia.(Juan Madrigal / Getty Images)
Downtown Helsinki, Finland, with a view of the port.(Wolfgang Kaehler / LightRocket )
On Dominica’s southern end, small patches of flat land are used for pasture near the village of Grand Bay.(Chicago Tribune)
People enjoy the beach next to Horseshoe Bay in Bermuda.(Jim Schwabel / Getty Images)
The sun rises in the Gobi desert in southern Mongolia.(Michael and Liliana McGuire / PressLink)
Up the coast from Dubai, Sharjah has become an emerging center for the contemporary arts; further east lies Oman’s isolated Musandam Peninsula, where luxury resorts are springing up along a coast still dotted with fishing villages, quiet beaches and dolphin-filled fjords.(Christophe Viseux/New York Times)
Women walk toward a temple in Myanmar.(Chicago Tribune)
Children from the Suri tribe pose in Ethiopia’s southern Omo Valley region near Kibbish.(Carl de Souza / AFP/Getty Images)
Where to go in 2017?
The folks at Lonely Planet have come up with a few places to prime the wanderlust pump.
The travel guidebook publisher has whittled the wide world down to the top 10 countries to visit in 2017. Leading the pack is our neighbor to the north: Canada. The sprawling nation is celebrating its sesquicentennial in 2017, and its relatively weak currency compared with the U.S. dollar means visitors can get a lot of bang for their buck.
No. 2 is Colombia (don’t miss the walled Old Town of Cartagena), followed by Finland, Dominica and Nepal, which could use an influx of tourist cash in the wake of the devastating earthquakes of 2015.
Bermuda, host of the next America’s Cup sailing race, comes in at No. 6, trailed by Mongolia, Oman, Myanmar and Ethiopia, where Lonely Planet peeps suggest a multiday hike through the African country’s Simien Mountains National Park, home to troops of grass-eating gelada monkeys.
For more on the top countries, as well as the best cities and regions, go to www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel.
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