Estonia is Lonely Planet’s best value destination for 2016

Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world, has ranked the best value destinations for 2016 and Estonia is number one.

“Bagging a good deal on the road can be almost as thrilling as the trip itself, no matter what your travel budget,” the Lonely Planet said in the introduction.

“If you’ve just got off the ferry from Stockholm or Helsinki then Estonia can feel like the promised land. Why? That chunk of change in your pocket you’ve had since last leaving the eurozone will buy you a round of drinks. Upsizing from a hostel to hotel might seem like a good – and affordable – idea. Best of all, what you get in exchange for your hard-earned cash is experiencing a gloriously distinctive slice of Europe, where Eastern and Nordic influences mix together,” the guide said about Estonia.

Palmse in Lahemaa National Park - Jarek Jõepera

Lonely Planet added that “beyond the irresistible capital of Tallinn there are little-known Baltic islands and the seashore and forest delights of Lahemaa National Park, which holds the distinction of being the first national park in the old Soviet Union”.

Estonia received more than six million foreign visitors in 2014 and the country’s income from foreign tourism amounted to €1.39 billion.

Lonely Planet, founded by British-Australian couple Maureen and Tony Wheeler in 1972, is the largest travel guide publisher in the world.

Lonely Planet’s best value destinations for 2016

1. Estonia
2. Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam
3. East Africa
4. New Mexico
5. Bosnia and Hercegovina
6. Galicia, Spain
7. Québec City, Canada
8. Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast
9. Timor-Leste
10. Western Australia


Cover photo: Viru bog in Lahemaa National Park (photo by Silver Tambur).

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