England Has Been Named As The Second Best Holiday Destination In The World
If you're planning your next adventure - you no longer need to look for once-in-a-lifetime experiences on the other side of the globe as England has been named the second-best country to visit in 2020.
Adventure experts Lonely Planet released their Best In Travel 2020 book, which names the top 10 regions, top 10 cities, best-value destinations and top 10 countries.
Making it to top spot of the best countries to visit for the year ahead was Bhutan, which LP claimed was "a real-life Shangri-La" and a "tiny piece of Himalayan paradise" - It does sound rather lovely when they put it like that.
And while the Buddhist Kingdom sounds like an utter dream, it was followed closely by England, who landed in second place.
Runner-up England was branded a nation full of "timeless treasures" by the travel gurus, who added that the country is more than Brexit and the headlines associated to it.
Lonely Planet wrote in the travel book: "Brexit uncertainties have dominated the headlines in recent years but one constant amid all the confusion has been the timeless treasures that England is famous for - the historic castles and cathedrals, the quaint villages and rolling countryside, and of course, the seaside.
"Taking a bracing walk on a windswept pier, eating delicious fish and chips, searching for marine life in rock pools, finding fossils in ancient cliffs, building sandcastles and dolphin-spotting on picturesque beaches are just some of the activities offered by the English seaside."
Tom Hall, Lonely Planet's VP of Experience, said of England's entry into the Top 10: "For a relatively small country, England offers a lot of breathtaking scenery.
"There are 10 national parks and 34 Areas of Outstanding National Beauty - not to mention one of Europe's longest coastlines - which travellers will soon be able to enjoy in full as the England Coast Path continues to take shape.
"If travellers are seeking exhilarating beauty in 2020, England won't disappoint."
The rest of the top 10 country ranking included North Macedonia (3rd), Aruba (4th), eSwatini (5th), Costa Rica (6th), The Netherlands (7th), Liberia (8th), Morocco (9th) and Uruguay (10th).
While Lonely Planet named Salzburg, Austria as the best city to visit, the Central Asian Silk Road as the best region and voted East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia the best value destination.
Have a look at the full list for yourself here. Happy holiday planning!
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