Lonely Planet just named its top travel spots for 2018 – and they’re not the usual suspects

Chile, South Korea, and Seville are a few of Lonely Planet’s top travel destination picks for 2018.

And for good reason.

But before we go any further, it is only just that we give you fair warning – you will be consumed by wanderlust by the end of this piece.

In its latest “Best in Travel 2018” list, Lonely Planet picked out its top 10 destination countries, cities, regions, and places of value.

And topping the list of countries was Chile, followed by South Korea and Portugal.

With Chileans uniting in 2018 to celebrate 200 years of independence from Spain, it might just be the best time for you to experience the nation that has been geographically isolated from the rest of South America.

Just look at this view.

A view of Chile’s mountain ranges will take your breath away.
Lonely Planet

The Spanish city of Serville topped the list of destination cities with an invigoration of its artistic past.

But what came next caught us by surprise.

It was Detroit, a city in Michigan, USA. But perhaps after years of neglect, the influx of ‘hipsters’ into the city helped it get its mojo back.

According to Lonely Planet, the once dull city has been transformed into a “caffeine-buzzed” one that’s “freewheeling in ideas”.

But we might have to see it for ourselves to believe it.

Detroit may have transformed into an energetic city, but we need to see it to believe it

Leading the pack of top travel regions is Belfast and the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland.

Belfast has bid goodbye to its days “dogged by sectarian violence”, and is now bursting with bars and restaurants suited to all tastes, says Lonely Planet.

Alaska didn’t fall far behind, promising to satisfy any cravings for adventure that you might have.

If you’re lucky, you might even catch the Northern Lights.

Alaska’s Northern Lights are also known as Aurora Borealis

If you’re not engulfed by wanderlust yet, check out the full list of top destinations below.

Top 10 Countries 1. Chile 2. South Korea 3. Portugal 4. Djibouti 5. New Zealand 6. Malta 7. Georgia 8. Mauritius 9. China 10. South Africa

Top 10 Cities 1. Seville, Spain 2. Detroit, USA 3. Canberra, Australia 4. Hamburg, Germany 5. Kaohsiung, Taiwan 6. Antwerp, Belgium 7. Matera, Italy 8. San Juan, Puerto Rico 9. Guanajuato, Mexico 10. Oslo, Norway

Top 10 Regions 1. Belfast and the Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland 2. Alaska, USA 3. Julian Alps, Slovenia 4. Languedoc-Roussillon, France 5. Kii Peninsula, Japan 6. Aeolian Islands, Italy 7. Southern USA 8. Lahaul and Spiti, India 9. Bahia, Brazil 10. Los Haitises National Park, Dominican Republic

Top 10 Best Value 1. Tallinn, Estonia 2. Lanzarote, Canary Islands 3. Arizona, USA 4. La Paz, Bolivia 5. Poland 6. Essaouira, Morocco 7. United Kingdom 8. Baja California, Mexico 9. Jacksonville, Florida, USA 10. Hunan, China