Right in time for those planning their next year of travel, Lonely Planet announces… the release of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2012!
We’re a big fan of LP since our good friend contributes to some of their South American editions and he really knows his stuff.
So, a bit about the guide: Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2012 is an annual volume of the best travel experiences and destinations for the year ahead. It includes a diverse range of ideas appealing to all kinds of travelers and draws upon the expertise of Lonely Planet’s staff, authors and, get this, the online community!
It starts with hundreds of ideas from everyone at Lonely Planet, including their extended family of travelers, bloggers, and tweeters. Once they’re confident that they have the best of 2012′s travel choices, the final selection is made by a panel of in-house travel experts, based on topicality, excitement, value, and that special “X-factor”. Everywhere they’ve chosen has something special that stands out for 2012. Perhaps it’s something specific to this year, such as London celebrating the Olympics or Mexico’s La Ruta Maya‘s calendar at the center of 2012′s end-of-the-world prophecies. Other destinations may have a buzz about them that they picked up on the road and couldn’t keep to themselves, like Croatia’s Hvar Island and Santiago de Chile. And some places are worth visiting before the crowds set in – for example, Darwin and Bhutan.
The book also includes “17 Top Travel Lists” — a topical run-down of the best experiences for 2012 including their ever-popular “Best Value Destinations for 2012” and “The 10 Best Things to do in 2012” along with “Best Places for Intrepid Romantics”, “Top Spots to Glamp” (glamorous camping), and “Slurping Soup Across the Globe”.
So what are you waiting for? The end of the world as we know it?