Ready to make this year one for travel? We took note of destination recommendations from Lonely Planet for 2014, so if you're still wondering where to go to satisfy that wanderlust, check out this Wanderlust Wonderlist installment!
If you missed the previous installment, allow us to update you. Travel magazines and websites have been giving their suggested destinations for making this year an awesome one for travel, with some like Lonely Planet done with their must-visit lists as early as the last quarter of 2013. Last week, we shared the first 5 cities recommended by Lonely Planet; today, we tell you about the next 5 and why they’re worth the trip!
6. Shanghai, China
China’s most populous city is also one of the most popular. Even Lonely Planet touts it as a city that everyone wants to see and be seen in. A tourist favorite in the Orient renowned for its historical landmarks and cultural centers, Lonely Planet has given would-be visitors a handful more reasons to visit Shanghai this year: its metro system will soon open the 59 km-long, high-speed line 16, making it the third-longest network in the world; the spiraling Shanghai Tower is also slated to be completed this year, and will become the tallest building in China (second-tallest in the world) and home to the highest hotel in the world at 121 storeys high; lastly, the city’s expanded visa-free transit policy now allows travelers from 51 countries to stay for up to 72 hours.
7. Vancouver, Canada
Travelers looking for respite in nature’s beauty should consider putting Vancouver, Canada’s third most populous city. Why Vancouver? Lonely Planet says it has this “big-city-look/small-town-vibe” that is apparent the moment you set foot on the airport, and the breath-taking views from its office towers and condos have earned it the nickname “City of Glass.” Then, there are also many outdoor activities you can do in the coastal seaport, so you don’t have to go too far to bike, swim, or ski while enjoying the comforts of city life.
8. Chicago, Illinois, USA
Chicago, the third most populous city in the United States, has many cultural contributions, world-class museums, and architectural gems worth checking out. However, according to Lonely Planet, this year is a particularly good time for travelers to visit the so-called “Windy City,” as a number of interesting celebrations are on the way. The ivy-covered Wrigley Field, America’s favorite baseball park, will be celebrating its 100th birthday this year with season-long festivities. Fans of sketch comedy/improvisation are advised to keep an eye out for the 55th anniversary of The Second City later in the year. The comedy enterprise, which originated in the city’s Old Town neighborhood, is known to have catapulted the improvisation comedy genre, as well as the careers of Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, and many others. Don’t forget, summer also heralds a number of music festivals in the city, such as Blues Fest, Lollapalooza, and Pitchfork; then, there’s Wavefront Music Festival in July and Riot Fest in September.
9. Adelaide, Australia
Melbourne and Sydney may be the better known of Australia’s metropolises, but Lonely Planet says Adelaide should not be missed. The capital city of South Australia has been hosting many of the country’s notable sporting and art events, such as the triumvirate of Adelaide Fringe Festival (the largest yearly art festival in the South Hemisphere), and WOMADelaide (music and dance festival), and the Adelaide Festival of Arts. This year will also see the completion of multimillion-dollar renovations of the Adelaide Oval, the sports ground which sits between the city center and North Adelaide.
10. Auckland, New Zealand
Last but certainly not the least is Auckland, located in the North Island of New Zealand, and the largest and most populous urban area of the country. While many typically visit New Zealand’s scenic alpine and lake landscapes down south, Lonely Planet says Auckland’s coastal woodlands, food, and arts make it one of the country’s excellent destinations. Travelers are also given the heads-up for new restaurants to check out in the city, many of them set to be housed in heritage buildings and precincts. Lonely Planet also suggests checking out the refurbished Auckland Art Gallery and its stunning glass-and-timber atrium, and relishing the bayside view of Wynyard Quarter where raffish fishing boats and ritzy yachts are docked.
If you’ve been to any of these hot spots, why don’t you share your stories and photos with us? We’d love to hear how your trip went! Also, if you have your own must-visit destinations in mind for this year, go on and share them with us!