PHOTO: Get ready to hear a lot more about Canada. (Photo courtesy Thinkstock)
Canada is the number-one country to visit in 2017 according to Lonely Planet’s just released Best in Travel 2017 edition.
“Bolstered by the wave of positivity unleashed by its energetic new leader Justin Trudeau, and with dynamic cities that dominate global livability indices and a reputation for inclusiveness and impeccable politeness, the world’s second-largest country will usher in its sesquicentennial in 2017 in rollicking good health,” says Lonely Planet.
The country has a lot going on next year, which is why it stands out from other destinations.
“Canada is always popular with us,” said Lonely Planet‘s Canada destination editor, Alex Howard, to Forbes. “But there are several things going on in 2017 that made it number one. First, it’s the country’s biggest birthday party in recent memory with the sesquicentennial next year, and they won’t be shy about celebrating. Also, international travelers can expect their money to go further due to the weak Canadian dollar, so now is the time to start planning a trip.”
Other countries that made the list of 10 include Colombia at number two.
“There are no world wonders, but the country’s mix of vibrant culture, nature and hospitality is a rich tapestry woven by welcoming arms,” says Lonely Planet.
Finland is number three and it’s a momentous year in the country.
“The Finns will celebrate their centenary with gusto, with events planned in every region. Expect everything from al fresco concerts and communal culinary experiences to sauna evenings and vintage-travel-poster exhibitions,” writes Lonely Planet.
Dominica and Nepal round out the top five. The rest of the countries on the list include Bermuda, Mongolia, Oman, Myanmar and Ethiopia.
Lonely Planet also notes some trends to look for in 2017, including a rise in the popularity of micro-distilleries, an increase is digital nomadism, backpacking, a boost in mobile travel photography and even more sustainable travel options.
For more, including the top cities, regions and value destinations, read on here.