Location independent working named a 2017 trend by Lonely Planet

Female backpacker on crowded street

2017 is nearly upon us, which is a terrifying thought, though many people will be glad to see the back of a momentous year. What will the next 12 months bring? Probably a Premier League title for Chelsea and more Brexit hand-wringing, but that aside, it’s anyone’s guess.

The Lonely Planet is good at identifying what’s big in the world of travel, including the top destinations to look out for. Its Best in Travel book released annually recommends top locations, journeys and experiences recommended by the Lonely Planet community.

In the 2017 edition announced recently, Canada was named first among 10 countries not to miss – something that many Americans dissatisfied with the US election outcome will probably agree with. The world’s second biggest country was also the subject of Monocle magazine’s November 2016 edition (“Canada calling”). The country is on a roll, it seems.

In second place was Colombia, which had recently signed a deal with Farc rebels (again), ending years of violence and landing the Nobel peace prize. Colombia, notably, is also winning admirers over Medellin, a flourishing startup hub with a dark history.

Finland completed the top three, a country famed for its innovation that won worldwide media attention recently over the reform of its education system.

The Lonely Planet also highlighted in its guide 2017 travel trends, among which was digital nomadism. The article The world is your office: remote working on a roll comments on the rise of remote work and coworking spaces, saying that it’s become a more mainstream activity:

Initially popular with millennials and twenty-somethings who realised they could ‘gig their way around the globe’, remote work is now the choice of people of all ages. Semi-retirees building second careers while overseas, gap-year students earning as they go, young families on short-term relocations – the line between work and wanderlust is blurring.

The article mentions “hipster havens” New York, London, Berlin and Amsterdam, in addition to digital nomad hotspots Ubud, Chiang Mai and Medellin (again), before naming 10 “best” coworking spaces worldwide.

Angkor Wat is world’s top travel destination, says Lonely Planet

Backpacker favourite Lonely Planet has just unveiled its top 500 travel destinations. The extraordinary Angkor complex near Siem Reap in Cambodia is the world’s best, with the full top 20 as follows (drum roll):

  1. Angkor ruins, Cambodia
  2. Great Barrier Reef, Australia
  3. Machu Picchu, Peru
  4. Great Wall of China
  5. Taj Mahal, India
  6. Grand Canyon National Park, USA
  7. Colosseum, Italy
  8. Iguacu Falls, Argentina/Brazil (or is it Brazil/Argentina?)
  9. Alhambra, Spain
  10. Ayasofya, Turkey
  11. Fez Medina, Morocco
  12. Twelve Apostles, Australia
  13. Petra, Jordan
  14. Tikal, Guatemala
  15. British Museum, UK
  16. Sagrada Familia, Spain
  17. Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
  18. Santorini, Greece
  19. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  20. Museum of Old & New Art, Australia

The “Ultimate Travelist” was created by a team of Lonely Planet experts and authors to form a new book.

Do you agree with the experts? Which is top of your bucket list?