Zimbabwe and Kyrgyzstan among eclectic choices
Sri Lanka is the top country, and Copenhagen the top city, in Lonely Planet's 2019 lists of the top travel destination.
The countries list contains a few surprises in the top five: following Sri Lanka are Germany, Zimbabwe, Panama, and Kyrgyzstan. Following Copenhagen in the capitals list are Shenzhen, Novi Sad, Miami, and Kathmandu.
The top five regions are Piedmont, the Catskills, Nothern Peru, the Red Centre (Australia), and the Scottish Highlands and islands. The five best-value destinations are the Southern Nile Valley, Lodz, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Maldives, and Houston.
This is the 14th year of the Best in Travel guide.