Lonely Planet reveals best destinations for 2022

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(CNN) — In 1973, young British mates Tony and Maureen Wheeler published a guidebook entitled "Across Asia connected The Cheap." Little did they cognize that 1 humble guidebook would laic the instauration for a worldwide question marque called Lonely Planet.

Nearly 50 years later, their question usher empire, Lonely Planet, is inactive chugging along.

As overmuch of the satellite is dilatory reopening pursuing the coronavirus pandemic, question is beforehand of caput for truthful galore of us. The anticipation is that 2022 volition spot families reunited, loved ones catching up aft agelong stretches isolated and hoarded abrogation clip utilized connected once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Lonely Planet's Best successful Travel 2022 publication is present connected sale. We person a sneak preview of the places they deliberation you should person connected your bucket list, from the hidden gems of the Oman godforsaken to the superb bluish waters of Belize.

"After an enforced hiatus, it's clip to instrumentality those long-postponed question plans disconnected the support and marque them a reality," Tom Hall, Lonely Planet's VP of Experience, said successful a statement. "The lists observe the satellite successful each its fantastic enticing variety."

This year, Lonely Planet highlighted its apical 10 cities, regions and countries -- spot the lists below.

Top 10 countries

10. Egypt

Egypt is location to the Pyramids of Giza, 1 of the 7 wonders of the world.

But don't deliberation that "old" is synonymous with "dull." Despite their 4,500+ years of history, we are inactive learning much astir these architectural marvels each year.

Case successful point: the 207-foot-tall Pyramid of Dozer, the oldest of the group, was reopened to the nationalist conscionable past year.

Malawi is considered 1  of the friendliest countries successful  the world.

Malawi is considered 1 of the friendliest countries successful the world.

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9. Malawi

At conscionable 45,747 quadrate miles, Malawi tin sometimes beryllium overshadowed by its larger neighbors similar Mozambique and Tanzania.

But determination are treasures to beryllium had successful the "Warm Heart of Africa," each with less tourists to vie with for abstraction on the stunning Lake Malawi, the world's ninth largest lake.

Malawi has galore of the aforesaid attractions its African cousins are beloved for, similar safaris wherever you tin ticker elephants, baboons, hippos and different animals successful their autochthonal habitats, each astatine a fraction of the price.

8. Nepal

It's astir intolerable to sermon Nepal without talking astir Mount Everest. But this Himalayan federation has truthful overmuch much connected connection for travelers who aren't climbing the world's highest mountain.

In the distant portion of Mustang (which means "fertile plain"), trekkers tin research the precocious godforsaken and conscionable locals astatine homestays on the way, eating connected Nepali specialties similar java with yak food and momos served "kothey" benignant -- fractional fried and fractional steamed.

The Middle Eastern kingdom of Oman scored precocious   marks from Lonely Planet staffers.

The Middle Eastern kingdom of Oman scored precocious marks from Lonely Planet staffers.

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7. Oman

Think Norway is the lone spot successful the satellite with fjords? Think again.

In Musandam, Oman, bordering the Strait of Hormuz, mountains scope heights of 2,000 meters to make a spectacular backdrop for constrictive stretches of water.

But that isn't each that Oman has to offer. Within the aforesaid trip, you tin besides acquisition "the Empty Quarter," an expanse of godforsaken wherever Oman meets Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. That's 4 countries each astatine erstwhile -- and you won't request to battalion a coat.

Anguilla is 1  of the Leeward Islands.

Anguilla is 1 of the Leeward Islands.

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6. Anguilla

Okay, truthful Anguilla is an overseas British territory and not technically a country. That said, the gorgeous Caribbean land is deserving of a person look.

Anguilla's cautious reopening program made it the destination of prime for CNN contributor Hannah Seligson, who traveled there with her young children successful January.

She raved astir the island's "aquamarine sea, 33 nationalist beaches, 80-degree temperatures, astonishing hotels and food," arsenic good arsenic its liable attack to nationalist wellness amid the pandemic.

5. Slovenia

Amid Eastern Europe's galore fashionable destinations, Slovenia tin sometimes get mislaid successful the shuffle. No more. CNN contributor Chris Dwyer describes it arsenic "neither Balkan, Mediterranean, nor Alpine, Slovenia is much a cocktail of each three, served with its ain chiseled twist."

Thanks to the country's tiny size, visitors tin screen a wide scope of terrain successful a abbreviated magnitude of time, from breathtaking Lake Bled to the buzzy superior of Ljubljana.

Lonely Planet isn't the lone 1 taking notice. This year, the Michelin Guide handed retired stars to 7 restaurants successful Slovenia.

4. Belize

Want to research Mayan ruins, aquatics successful electric-blue waters and presumption unthinkable wildlife? Belize has each of this and more, accessible via nonstop flights from aggregate North American cities.

If you're waiting for Australia to unfastened up its borders, effort Belize instead: its UNESCO World Heritage-listed Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is breathtaking, and US travelers won't request to interest astir pitchy lag.

Meanwhile, the language-cautious volition admit that Belize's nationalist connection is English.

3. Mauritius

The most-Googled taxable astir the land paradise of Mauritius is "where is Mauritius?" Let america grip that one: it's successful the Indian Ocean astir 700 miles eastbound of Madagascar.

Now that you cognize wherever it's located, present are immoderate reasons to sojourn this underrated African getaway, courtesy CNN contributor Tony Smart: it's "inhabited by a multi-racial, peaceful people, covered successful large play courses, offering myriad h2o sports, upland trekking, hunting, birdwatching, luxurious resorts, an aged assemblage capital, large food, three- and four-star hotels, 1 of the world's champion botanical gardens, bully nightlife, beauteous formation bars, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1 of the oldest equine racing tracks successful the world, and large sightseeing."

Norway has much  than 15,000 miles of coastline.

Norway has much than 15,000 miles of coastline.

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2. Norway

Norway is consistently included connected lists of the world's happiest countries. So what's their secret? CNN asked 2 of the country's royals, Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, for their theories.

Mette-Marit has 1 answer: "we emotion being extracurricular successful nature. If you're successful a Norwegian location connected a Sunday and you don't spell for a locomotion successful the wood ... that's not good."

If you privation to transmission that peaceful vigor for yourself, caput to Bøkeskogen, the world's northernmost beech forest. It's astir 2 hours from the superior of Oslo, truthful you tin easy acquisition metropolis and state successful the aforesaid day.

1. Cook Islands

Fun fact: Air New Zealand lone operates 1 formation from the United States that doesn't spell to New Zealand. It connects Los Angeles with Rarotonga, superior of the Cook Islands and gateway to immoderate of the astir beauteous places connected the planet.

This radical of 15 islands successful the South Pacific was astatine the apical of galore Lonely Planet staffers' privation lists for 2022 and beyond.

What's connected offer? Water-centric activities similar snorkeling, diving and fishing, not to notation a look astatine the autochthonal Maori assemblage successful Te Vara Nui Village.

Considering choosing a metropolis oregon portion for your adjacent trip? Here's the remainder of Lonely Planet's 2022 selections.

Top 10 regions

1. Westfjords, Iceland

2. West Virginia, US

3. Xishuangbanna, China

4. Kent's Heritage Coast, UK

5. Puerto Rico, US

6. Shikoku, Japan

7. Atacama Desert, Chile

8. The Scenic Rim, Australia

9. Vancouver Island, Canada

10. Burgundy, France

Top 10 cities

1. Auckland, New Zealand

2. Taipei, Taiwan

3. Freiburg, Germany

4. Atlanta, US

5. Lagos, Nigeria

6. Nicosia/Lefkosia, Cyprus

7. Dublin, Ireland

8. Merida, Mexico

9. Florence, Italy

10. Gyeongju, South Korea

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