Lonely Planet's new Best in Travel 2013 book sets the travel agenda for next year.
Whip out next year's calendar because boy, do we have a treat in store - extracts from the latest Lonely Planet book, 2013 Best in Travel. The guidebook experts reveal the top 10 must-visit countries on their travel wish list, from Sri Lanka and its surfing beaches to Slovakia with its snowy peaks, and why next year is the time to visit. Tell us what your favourite is...
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I was sales development manager for Icelandair and the Iceland torist information bureau in the 70's/80's. How hard it was then to pursuade people to go there - they had no alcoholic beer in those days - it was banned! (people used to put a shot of whisky in it to make up!!). The Sunny destinations was all people wanted - so nice to see it is now so highly though of - maybe all my earlier work
wasn't in vain - you really must go there, it's really awesome.
Got to back Iceland as a 'must do' destination.
I went there during a stopover at the ferry post of Seydisfjordur en route to the Arctic in June 1990. Just entering fjord leading to the port in the twilight was staggering, the water looked like flat steel and the rocky crags either side were black against the sky.
We were there two nights and took a bus trip inland to a place where you can see something like seven extinct volcanoes then went on to Lake Myvatn. The air is crystal clear and it's not all snow and ice at that time of year. I always planned to take my car back out there and do the full tour but work and other things got in the way.
We were planning to visit Sri Lanka three years ago on recommendation from friends living in the Maldives but all the big UK tour operators suddenly pulled it from their listings so we went to the Red Sea (not a smart move) instead.
But there are other destinations I would add to this list like Micronesia, Spitzbergen and the Falkland Islands. I don't know what Albania is like now but I was there in 1991 and it was spectacular. Sadly, the place is probably all commercialised like Hungary now.
I'm also not sure about rating the DR as a 'Top 10 Country' after a friend of mine nearly died from a very nasty water-borne infection contracted while staying in a resort out there but I'm very glad to see places like PNG and Vietnam have finally dropped of these lists.
.. These are mostly exotic haunts.I don`t holiday for the sun and have interesting places a lot nearer home.
.. There is no way I would ever go to the snow,for a holiday.
.. I`d most like to see S.Korea and Turkey for the capital cities and to study their histories.
Icelandic Lamb is just superb. So is the Halibut. One of the best desserts this world can get is Icelandic 'Skyr' joghurt. It is quite thick, you mix it with cream and sugar to your taste. You can get it in this country in specialist shops, do look it up and try some, you won't be disappointed!!