(SPOT.ph) Ticking off places to visit on our bucket list may take forever. Plane fares don't come cheap, visas are not easily approved, and monthly dues just always come in the way. Every year, Lonely Planet—a well-known travel guide book publisher—gives you a hint on which country or city to prioritize to make the best bang for your bucket. And for 2019, the top country to save up for is Sri Lanka.
An island nation South of India, Sri Lanka boasts a tropical paradise with an Old-World charm. It has a total of eight places inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the ancient cities of Kandy, Anuradhapura, Galle, and Polonnaruwa; Dambulla Cave Temple or the Golden Temple of Dambulla, which is considered the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in the country; Sinharaja Forest Reserve, which is a hilly virgin rainforest that is home to the endemic Purple-faced Langur; and the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka, which is a sanctuary for most of Sri Lanka's endemic flora and fauna. Aside from these historic places and eco-tourism destinations, it also has a number of surf spots, coral gardens, and white-sand beaches that any water-lover would love.
Lonely Planet also named Copenhagen, Denmark as the top city; Piedmont, Italy as the top region; and Southern Nile Valley, Egypt as the best value destination for 2019.
For more information, visit Lonely Planet's Best in Travel page.