Lonely Planet ranks ultimate travel destinations in new list

Many of us have been forced to rethink travel plans in the wake of Covid-19, but if you’re soothing your canceled-vacation-blues by daydreaming about future adventures, Lonely Planet’s new “Ultimate Travel List” might be just what you need.



a large waterfall over some water: Part of The Iguazu Falls seen from the Argentinian National Park


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Part of The Iguazu Falls seen from the Argentinian National Park

Lonely Planet has just released the second edition of its popular “Ultimate Travel List” coffee table book, which ranks the world’s top 500 unmissable travel experiences.

The new list, collated by Lonely Planet’s team of experts, spotlights must-see and must-do experiences, from spotting wildlife on the Galapagos Islands to admiring the spectacular Iguazú Falls waterfall that spans Argentina and Brazil, to wandering the geothermal landscapes of Yellowstone National Park.



a boat sitting on top of a mountain: The Annapurna circuit trek is a hike you won't forget.


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The Annapurna circuit trek is a hike you won’t forget.

The team scoured past Lonely Planet guidebooks and also reviewed each destination’s commitment to sustainability.

“The options to travel are clearly limited right now, but the list is aimed at inspiring to 2021 and beyond when travel starts recovering,” Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s vice president of experience, tells CNN Travel.



a stone building that has a canyon with Petra in the background: Jordan's ancient city of Petra is pictured empty of tourists on June 1, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. - For over two millennia the ancient city of Petra has towered majestically over the Jordanian desert. Today its famed rose-red temples hewn into the rockface lie empty and silent. (Photo by Khalil MAZRAAWI / AFP) (Photo by KHALIL MAZRAAWI/afp/AFP via Getty Images)


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Jordan’s ancient city of Petra is pictured empty of tourists on June 1, 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. – For over two millennia the ancient city of Petra has towered majestically over the Jordanian desert. Today its famed rose-red temples hewn into the rockface lie empty and silent. (Photo by Khalil MAZRAAWI / AFP) (Photo by KHALIL MAZRAAWI/afp/AFP via Getty Images)

“This is intended to be something that really drives people’s bucket list, not just for now, but for the future.”

Read on for Lonely Planet’s top 10, and to see which destination grabbed the top spot.

10. Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

This jaw-dropping trek is a must for climbers, hikers and on-foot travelers. Traversing Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit, you’ll pass through rice paddies, yak grasslands and a snowy mountain pass named Thorung La.



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Uluru/Ayers Rock Australia

Parts of the walk are very high altitude, including the stunning Tilicho Lake, which only adds to the appeal for thrill-seekers. According to Lonely Planet, the Annapurna Circuit is “everything a good trek should be.”



a close up of a lizard: Wildlife is one of the top attractions of the Galapagos Islands.


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Wildlife is one of the top attractions of the Galapagos Islands.

9. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Visiting Salar de Uyuni, the biggest salt flat in the world, feels like you’re walking through the clouds. After rainfall, water on the lake’s salty surface creates a glossy, glass-like illusion, turning the lake into a mirror that reflects the sky above.



a body of water: Each year when the Okavango River floods with water, it transforms into a spectacular wilderness.


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Each year when the Okavango River floods with water, it transforms into a spectacular wilderness.

Salar de Uyuni is also pretty impressive when it’s arid, and the surface becomes cracked with geometric patterns. Plus, when it’s dry you can visit the two lake islands, Isla Incahuasi and Isla del Pescado.



a person standing in front of a building: Buddhist monks enter the Bayon Temple at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.


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Buddhist monks enter the Bayon Temple at Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

8. Temples of Angkor, Cambodia

The atmospheric surrounds of Angkor, a cluster of beautiful

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The Ultimate Travel Guide For First Time Travelers

As common as air travel may have become now, there are still a lot of people all around the world who haven’t travelled by an airplane before. To people whose life spins around traveling this may seem strange but this is a fact we all need to accept. But if you’re one of those people who haven’t had the chance to travel by a plane yet, fret not- there is nothing to be embarrassed about you are not alone. And if you’re planning on getting out there and experiencing air travel then this article is the only thing you need to read to have the time of your life!

1. Research Before Travel:

Since you won’t have much experience in the ways of the airfare make sure that you do loads of research. Ask friends about their travel experiences, browse through the internet and try to get yourself a good travel agent. Because travelling is so much greater than you might think and there are many small details that one needs to consider before travel.

2. Establish A Budget:

This is literally the most important thing you need to do to make your trip a successful one. While you set the amount of money that you are willing to spend for your trip or vacation, make sure that the amounts that you assign have loads of buffer. This means that you should consider emergencies while planning your budget and also calculate the maximum you are willing to spend on something. This will ensure that you end up spending less than your expectations.

3. Get Vaccinations:

Many people usually get vaccinated when they travel internationally, however it is also important you do the same for national travels. This way you’ll prevent yourself from getting any undesired and unnecessary diseases when you travel. Think about it and save yourself the trouble of getting sick by taking care of vaccinations beforehand.

4. Avoid Motion Sickness:

If you’re someone who is prone to motion sickness or other such problems when you travel by road than it is highly likely that you will be affected when you travel by air. So as a precautionary measure make sure you take anti-emetic medicines before you start your travel to avoid discomfort.

5. Keep Important Things Handy:

Stuff like your passport and ticket will be required frequently and you need to keep it someplace where you can readily take it out and where it won’t be lost. Also make sure you have some extra cash with you at all time (keep it in your socks). Just in case you lose your stuff you won’t have a problem travelling around.

Travelling can be hard for even the most seasoned travelers and if you’re someone who’s travelling for the first time then you probably don’t know what you’re in for. So keep the above mentioned things in mind and your travel experience will turn out great. Make your first time travel the best!…

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Luxury Vacation Rentals for The Ultimate Holiday

A vacation has different meanings to various people. Some people see a vacation as an opportunity to change their surroundings or even as a change of weather. But for some select few, a vacation is a chance that will permit them to unwind and simply relax to enjoy the pleasures of their yearlong hard work. It is precisely for this reason that they like to splurge on all the luxuries for themselves during their vacation and luxury vacation rentals allow you to do exactly that.

These extravagant luxury vacation rentals are opulent and lavish homes, condos, lodges, inns or villas that have all the essential amenities however they are also stacked with luxuries elements of high extravagance. For example, you can discover an extravagant shoreline front estate that contains all the indispensable luxuries and more. A few such examples of these luxuries include a gourmet kitchen, sauna, gym, spa, party hall, home theater, swimming pool, sprawling gardens and that’s just the beginning. Some luxury vacation rentals additionally offer 24 hour concierge services, catering, grocery delivery and laundry service. These lavish getaways provide an extravagant environment to indulge you with the finest comforts possible. Some luxury rental getaways even give you vip access to some of the best clubs in and around the area you are going to.

In contrast to hotel rooms with restricted space, these extravagant vacations rentals offer you luxurious space both indoor and outdoor with no compromise on security. In fact, some of these extravagant properties are in the most posh locations and have eight rooms or even more, mind you these rooms are very spacious. Such rental properties make for the most ideal getaway for those people that are looking for space and all the trimmings of luxury. Also, these rentals provide all their guests with privacy which is very important because you are there with the people that are most close to you and would want to enjoy it without the world bothering you.

The top luxury vacation rentals are located in the best holiday spots and in the most posh locations around the globe. This is primarily because these areas are most frequently visited by those people that look for extravagant accommodations.

The most excellent way to discover luxury vacation rentals is by logging onto a website that offers luxury vacation homes. All you must do is fill in the destination and some other minor details like the number of rooms you are looking for, facilities, amenities and comforts. Once you have filled in this information you just have to click the search button and it will bring up a detailed list of all the various properties that correspond to your specified query. The result will also display the tariff and the various other amenities and comforts they offer. But be ready to pay an extra little as these luxury getaways are exclusive and hence run high as compared to the regular holiday rentals. But they cost a great deal lesser than the other …

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