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Revealed: Where we should all be heading on our holidays next year

Who's up for a staycation in North Wales?

Revealed: Where we should all be heading on our holidays next year

According to the Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2017 guide, we should all be booking ourselves a trip to Canada, Colombia or Finland next year.

And if you're a fan of a citybreak, they recommend heading to Bordeaux, Cape Town or LA. 

The travel guide's selection of the best holiday destinations for 2017 was put together by their authors, editors, bloggers and followers and lists the top 10 hot spots by country, city, region and value for money. Each destination is chosen for its topicality, unique experiences and ‘wow’ factor.

Canada was hailed as the top country to visit because of its 'energetic new leader' Justin Trudeau, its dynamic cities, its 'reputation for inclusiveness' and its 'exciting fusion food and mysteriously underrated wine'. Colombia, described as a 'South Amerian jewel' was the second top pick, with Finland coming in third for boasting 'everything from al fresco concerts and communal culinary experiences to sauna evenings'.

Onto the top city destinations and the travel experts suggest we all hop across the Channel next year to visit Bordeaux in France - with a new high speed train network set to open, it will be only two hours from Paris and apparently the city continues to hit the gastronomic heights.


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If you did fancy going further afield, they also recommend Cape Town, South Africa, for its 'hip markets' and 'inventive restaurants', or LA - not for the celeb-spotting (although you can do that too), but for the sunshine, the culture and the 'sustainable lifestyle'. 

The only UK travel spot to feature in the predictions for 2017 is North Wales, which is listed as the fourth most exciting region to visit next year, largely because of the extra-curricular pursuits on offer at Surf Snowdonia, an inland lagoon which generates the world's longest surfable man-made waves, and Zip World at Penrhyn Quarry, Europe's longest and the world's fastest zip line. Oh, and of course, if you've had your fill of man-made fun, there's also Snowdownia National Park. Now you know where to spend your next staycation. 


Morning light in the Ogwen Valley. Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. #scenicbritain // photo by @rhysbeddoe

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But, the final top 10 is perhaps the one many cash-strapped Brits will be keeping an eye on next year, as it covers the best value travel destinations. If you want more bang for your buck, Lonely Planet suggests heading to Nepal, which is bouncing back from the 2015 earthquake and welcoming back tourists. Visitors can access Nepal's world-famous trekking routes and see the 'underrated' wildlife for less than around £40 per day. 

Other value breaks recommended include Namibia, or, if you want something closer to home that won't break the bank, they suggest Porto on the Portuguese coast, Venice in Italy, or Debrechen, Hungary's second largest city.

For the full list of must-visit destinations next year, you can check out the guide online at Lonely Planet

We'll see you on the plane.