Making Greatest in Journey

The four most recent editions of Best in Travel © Lonely Planet The 4 most up-to-date editions of Greatest in Journey © Lonely Planet

Of all of the wonderful locations and journey experiences on Earth, how will we select the most effective for the yr forward? It’s a choice we don’t take evenly. Learn on for an outline of how the magic occurs.

1. The survey

The annual Greatest in Journey survey is distributed to the entire Lonely Planet household – each employees member, over 200 journey writers, bloggers, our publishing companions and extra. In it we ask LPers to share their experience on locations and journey developments that they predict can be buzzing within the yr forward.

A Best in Travel ideas board in Běijīng © Lonely Planet A Greatest in Journey concepts board in Běijīng © Lonely Planet

2. The Journey Hack

We additionally organise brainstorming occasions in Lonely Planet places of work the world over – from Bĕijīng to Buenos Aires. That is once we come collectively to debate the topic that conjures up us probably the most: journey. The place have we been? What are we enthusiastic about? Which locations are doing one thing particular? Amid a flurry of Submit-it notes and low cups, the Journey Hacks produce a whole lot of concepts.

Four staffers in Lonely Planet's Seoul office discuss their top travel picks for 2019 It was all smiles at The Journey Hack in Lonely Planet’s Seoul workplace © Lonely Planet

3. The Vacation spot Editors

The outcomes of the survey and Journey Hacks produce a longlist of greater than a thousand concepts. That is then reviewed by the Vacation spot Editors – Lonely Planet’s regional consultants, a different bunch of journey geeks with a whole lot of hundreds of air miles between them. They assist whittle down the record to the easiest locations.

4. The panel

A shortlist of the most effective concepts is then despatched to a panel of journey consultants. These are six individuals who reside and breathe journey of their on a regular basis lives. They scrutinise every thought and rating them out of 100 for topicality, pleasure and ‘wow’ issue.

5. The ultimate record

When the panel outcomes are in, the record is finalised and shared with a trusted handful of individuals at Lonely Planet till October when, lastly, the choice of the most effective locations and journey developments to expertise within the coming yr is shared with the world.

Greatest in Journey 2019 judging panel

Piera Chen by the sea Piera’s job includes going barefoot to discover rocky coastlines © Piera Chen
Piera Chen

Piera is a journey author who divides her time between Hong Kong (hometown), Taiwan and Vancouver when not on the highway. She has authored over a dozen journey guides and contributed to simply as many travel-related titles. Piera has a BA in literature from Pomona Faculty, in California. Her youth was peppered with journeys to Taiwan and China to go to kin, after which to Southeast Asia the place her father was working. Nevertheless it was throughout her first journey to Europe that daybreak broke. She remembers recent off a flight, wanting round her in Rome, pondering, ‘I wish to be doing this on a regular basis.’ And she or he has.

Bailey within the Cordillera Blanca, Northern Peru © Bailey Freeman
Bailey Freeman

As Lonely Planet’s Vacation spot Editor for South America & Antarctica, Bailey Freeman has commissioned and managed the content material for 45 international locations and written items for, the Lonely Planet US journal, and coffee-table titles like Secret Marvels of the World. Her work has led her on many adventures all through Latin America and the Caribbean, her areas of speciality, and he or she calls Nashville, Tennessee, house.

Tony Wheeler in a library of Lonely Planet guides © Lonely Planet Tony Wheeler in a library of Lonely Planet guides © Lonely Planet
Tony Wheeler

Tony was one of many founders of Lonely Planet and wrote most of the early guidebooks. Just lately he’s contributed to The Journey Atlas, Epic Drives of the World and The Cities Ebook. In 2017 he spent 4 months driving alongside the Silk Street from Bangkok to London and his current travels have taken him to Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh and to the Italian colonial structure of Asmara in Eritrea.

Kia Abdullah posing with the moai on Easter Island Kia assembly the locals on Easter Island © Atlas & Boots
Kia Abdullah

Kia Abdullah is an creator and journey author primarily based in London, UK. She has written two novels and contributed to The Guardian, The New York Instances, BBC and Channel Four Information. Kia is a Lonely Planet Trailblazer and the founding editor of out of doors journey weblog Atlas & Boots. She has visited greater than 50 international locations in pursuit of the world’s finest outside actions and believes nature is the most effective antidote to the stresses of contemporary life.

Andrea in the South of France © Andrea Schulte-Peevers Andrea within the South of France © Andrea Schulte-Peevers
Andrea Schulte-Peevers

Born and raised in Germany and educated in London and at UCLA, Andrea has travelled the space to the moon and again in her visits to some 75 international locations. She has earned her dwelling as an expert journey author for over 20 years and authored or contributed to almost 100 Lonely Planet titles in addition to newspapers, magazines and web sites world wide. She additionally works as a journey marketing consultant, translator and editor. Andrea’s vacation spot experience is very sturdy in terms of Germany, Dubai and the UAE, Crete and the Caribbean Islands. She makes her house in Berlin.

Martin Heng in Eguisheim, France Martin in Eguisheim, France © Martin Heng
Martin Heng

Martin left England in 1987 and travelled for a decade earlier than migrating to Australia to start out a household. He has labored for Lonely Planet since 1999 in many various roles, together with seven years as Editorial Supervisor, till a highway accident in 2010 left him a quadriplegic. As Lonely Planet’s Accessible Journey Supervisor he has revealed a number of accessible journey titles, together with the world’s largest assortment of on-line assets for accessible journey. He has turn into an everyday speaker at accessible journey conferences world wide.

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