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Lonely Planet publishes the second edition of “Ultimate Travel List”



The coronavirus pandemic has completely disrupted travel this year, but once things get back to normal, there’s a new list of must-see destinations to help you plan your next trip.

Last week, Lonely Planet released its second edition of the “Ultimate Travel List” book, which includes 500 “must-see travel experiences”.

According to a press release, the book features more than 200 new destinations and ranked all 500 places “in order of brilliance.”

Piers Pickard, Lonely Planet’s vice president of publishing, said the company slightly changed the way it scored for the new book.

“For this edition, we have awarded extra points to destinations and attractions that manage tourism in a sustainable way,”

; Pickard said in a statement.

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According to the press release, the book focuses heavily on outdoor and backpacking experiences, but also includes “something for every traveler in every corner of the globe”.

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Of the 500 destinations, 29 are in the United States, including nine national parks and “a good mix of cultural and arts institutions”.

One such institution, which is one of 200 new locations, is the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., the release reads.

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The “Ultimate Travel List” costs $ 24.99, according to the website. The first edition was released in 2015 and a third edition is expected to be released in 2025.

The press release states that the 500 destinations and their rankings were found in the Lonely Planet guide archives and were voted by “everyone in the Lonely Planet travel community,” who selected their top 20 locations.

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“After seven months of staying at home, now is the perfect time to start thinking about where and how to travel once normal is back,” Pickard said. “In putting this book together, we were thrilled with the changes in both ‘where’ and ‘How’.”

Petra, Jordan tops the second edition of Lonely Planet's

Petra, Jordan tops Lonely Planet’s second edition of the “Ultimate Travel List”. (iStock)

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To see which locations made it to the top of the chart, here are the top 10 experiences on Lonely Planet’s “Ultimate Travel List”.

1. Petra, Jordan

2. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

3. Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia

4. Okavango Delta, Botswana

5. Yellowstone National Park, United States

6. Lake Bled, Slovenia

7. Iguazu Falls, Argentina – Brazil

8. Temples of Angkor, Cambodia

9. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

10. Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

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