Best in Travel 2020: Lonely Planet names Bhutan as the No. 1 place to visit


While the end of another year is creeping scarily close and most of us have already used up our annual leave, it’s time to start planning new travel adventures for 2020.

And as timely as ever, Lonely Planet has released its Best in Travel for 2020, summarising the best cities and countries to visit next year, as well as compiling other handy lists, such as the best value destinations and the best regions to visit.

Interestingly this year, Lonely Planet has not only consulted its writers and editors’ opinions, but also its “online family of social media influencers”.


While we are not sure how we feel about that, on the positive side, it has also factored sustainable travel into the equation, which is why Bhutan has been named the best country to travel in 2020.

This tiny country in the Himalayas operates a ‘high-value, low-impact’ tourism policy, which Lonely Planet says rewards visitors who are able to “walk along mountain trails unsullied by litter”. It’s also the world’s only carbon-negative country and is set to become the first fully organic nation by 2020.