Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Slovenia as one of the top 10 destinations in 2013 according to Lonely Planet

I was peacefully reading the morning news the other day, when a nice little surprise made it much more exciting. It doesn’t happen very often that a country as geographically small as Slovenia would get the worldwide attention. Guess which country is the hottest tourist destination for 2013 according to the world’s leading travel guidebook publisher, Lonely Planet? Yes, that’s right – Slovenia. In the category of Best Value Destinations, Slovenia is listed among the top 10 destinations, where travelers can really make the most out of their traveling budget.

Kobarid, Drežnica (Author-Paolo Petrignani); www.slovenia.info
Together with Rio de Janeiro, Göteborg, Cambodia, Bolivia, Portland (Oregon, USA), Spain, Nepal and Georgia (the former Soviet republic), Slovenia is included in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2013 guidebook. This is an important accomplishment for such a young country, especially in times of economic uncertainty. In fact, the popularity of Slovenia as a tourist destination is rising, as this year there were 6% more foreign guests than the year before.

Autumn in Bohinj (Author-Dunja Wedam); www.slovenia.info
Lonely Planet compares Slovenia with Switzerland because of its picture-perfect landscape, but points out that it’s much nicer to a traveler’s wallet. It says that its frequent public transport connections between the most visited tourist attractions and its affordable accommodation make it a perfect destination for those who want extraordinary experiences for reasonable prices. Authors recommend sports as the number one activity in Slovenia, such as trekking, skiing, rafting or simply observing the beautiful nature.

Kranjska Gora - skiing (Author - LTO Kranjska Gora ); www.slovenia.info
As a local who has visited many countries around the world, I must say that I totally agree. The beauty of Slovenia lies in its small size and impeccable diversity which leaves no soul untouched and it makes you want to revisit it soon. It is clean, cozy, small and easy to get around. With a unique mix of diverse cuisine and an interesting tray of natural beauty it surely stands out. People are nice, the weather is pretty good and you feel safe. Life runs at a slower pace and people enjoy their cup of coffee. This is a quick impression from travelers who have traveled to Slovenia. It would not be an exaggeration to say I actually haven’t met a traveler who wouldn’t love Slovenia. And I met quite a lot of them. To conclude in a way I never think I would, as a passionate lover of other cultures and an enthusiastic discoverer of the unknown as I am, but now I finally believe those people who say: “It is only when you leave your home country, that you begin to see and appreciate its beauty”. It’s a cliché, but it’s true.

Maruša Galič

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