editor’s note

Lonely Planet (UK) - - Editor’s Note - PETER GRUNERT, GROUP EDITOR @pe­ter_­grunert @pe­tervg73

Wel­come to our an­nual Best in Travel is­sue! This is our chance to cel­e­brate the places we’d most love to en­cour­age you to visit over the year ahead (p42). Our cov­er­age in the mag­a­zine is a smörgås­bord of the best coun­tries, re­gions, cities, par­adise is­lands, bud­get op­tions, and cul­tural des­ti­na­tions per­fect for fam­i­lies. To ex­plore these win­ners and more in depth, let me point you in the di­rec­tion of our Best in Travel 2018 book – you can claim your copy by tak­ing out a sub­scrip­tion, also a fine way to tick a Christ­mas gift off your list (p16). You’ll al­ready have found a whop­ping hint as to our num­ber one coun­try on the cover of this is­sue, and more views from it are shown here. Chile is a spec­tac­u­larly skinny and tall place, its 2,653-mile length span­ning a great range of land­scapes, from the Ata­cama Desert to the ice­fields of Patag­o­nia. It’s home to new-age wine­mak­ers and llama-like gua­na­cos, fu­nic­u­lar driv­ers and flamin­gos – all of which are en­coun­tered in our Great Es­cape (p61). That story was penned by our star writer Oliver Smith, who has just been named the UK’s travel writer of the year. For more on a win­ning month for Lonely Planet mag­a­zine, turn over…

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