Thought I should start this year off on the right foot. A travelling, reading, beautiful picture-taking foot!

Title: Best in Travel 2017
Author: Lonely Planet
Rating: 9.5
Source: Raincoast Books for review

Description from Amazon:

Where is the best place to visit right now, at this very moment in travel history?

This is the most hotly contested topic at Lonely Planet and dominates more conversations than any other. We pose this question to everyone at Lonely Planet, from our authors and editors, all the way to our online family of bloggers and tweeters.

As self-confessed travel geeks, our staff collectively rack up hundreds of thousands of miles each year, exploring almost every destination on the planet in the process. Each year they come up with hundreds of places that are buzzing right now, offer new things for travellers to see or do, or are criminally overlooked and underrated.

Amid fierce debate, the list is whittled down by our panel of travel experts to just 10 countries, 10 regions and 10 cities that travellers must visit in the year ahead. Each destination is chosen for its topicality, unique experiences and ‘wow’ factor. We don’t just report on the trends, we set them – helping you get there before the crowds do.

We also come up with the world’s best-value destinations, the most exciting family adventures, and the most incredible places to stay.

Discover what makes these destinations fantastic places to see right now and what unmissable experiences they offer. The suggested itineraries and practical information are designed to help you make a dream trip happen for yourself. Be inspired by what is spurring travellers to get out and see more of the world. Make 2017 your year of incredible travel experiences!

What I Thought:

So obviously I have to be excited about this book BECAUSE CANADA! We’re number one! We’re number one! *cheering in background*

With our sesquicentennial being this year and all the festivities that includes (like free admission to one of our 46 national parks! Yippee!) 2017 promises to be a fantastic year to come to Canada.

This book includes the top ten countries, regions, and cities to visit in 2017, along with extras like best new openings and a top 5 travel trends section.

I really liked the “Be Instavidual” tip in travel trends since I feel like that’s what I’m trying to do with my @booksinthewild Instagram feed. I love finding travel accounts that take something beautiful and add something unusual.

I love that each section has an itinerary and a list of “unmissable experiences” so you can know which things you’ll definitely want to look into. The activities are varied and all look wonderfully interesting.

The pictures in this book are stunning, and basically each one makes me want to jump on a plane and explore! This book was a delight to read, and is one I keep coming back to!


If you’re lucky enough to be Canadian like moi, or are planning a visit to our magnificent country, make sure you order yourself a free pass for our National Parks! Why do we need a pass if it’s free? No idea. But apparently we do! So get on that!

Also check out my post on the Alderson-Carthew hike in Waterton, Alberta. If you are in the area and up for a challenge, this hike is a MUST DO.


These boots were made for walkin, and that’s just what they’ll do. One of these days these boots are gunna walk all over… the world in a fantastic grand adventure.