We will be ushering in 2018 pretty soon. Knowing some Malaysians there are already plans afoot for places to travel to, next year.

Perhaps these picks from the experts at Lonely Planet (LP) might give you an idea on narrowing your options budget and the “RM-gigit” permitting. Their 13th annual Best in Travel 2018 collection is back with the world’s hottest destinations, experiences and trends for the coming year ahead.

It highlights the top 10 cities, countries and regions and Chile takes the top spot, while Seville, Spain is the number one city in the world. The region that takes the top accolade is Belfast and the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland while Tallinn, Estonia has been crowned the best value destination.

The full list for 2018 in order are:

Top 10 Countries: Chile, South Korea, Portugal, Djibouti, New Zealand, Malta, Georgia, Mauritius, China and South Africa

Top 10 Cities: Seville, Spain; Detroit, United States; Canberra, Australia; Hamburg, Germany; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Antwerp, Belgium; Matera, Ialy; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Guanajuato, Mexico; and Oslo, Norway

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Canberra is oft discounted as a destination. Photo: National Museum of Australia /VisitCanberra

Top 10 Regions: Belfast and the Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland; Alaska, United States; Julian Alps, Slovenia; Languedoc-Roussillon, France; Kii Peninsula, Japan; Aeolian Islands, Italy; Southern USA; Lahaul & Spiti, India; Bahia, Brazil; and Los Haitises National Park, Dominican Republic.

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The paperback retails for RM74.90 at selected bookshops. Photo: Lonely Planet

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Hamburgs famous canal at Deichstrasse. Photo: Shutterstock/Lonely Planet/Lena Serditova

The Best in Travel 2018 book also features five travel trends that travellers should look out for next year – with destination races, vegetarian and vegan travel and private islands among those selected. LP’s experts also rank the top 10 best culture trips for families, new openings and best places to stay.

For further information head over here.

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