• Lonely Planet releases list of countries to visit in 2011


    The travel guide Lonely Planet has recently published a list of the top ten countries to visit in 2011.

    Albania comes in at number 1 on the guide's list. The small southern European nation has sometimes been associated with poor development and infrastructure, and this image has prevented mass tourism from reaching it. The few backpackers that did arrive to Albania immediately found themselves grateful for the country's negative reputation, since they realized they could keep the pristine beaches, heritage sites and delicious local cuisine all to themselves, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

    Brazil, number 2 on the list, has always been associated with wild celebrations, dancing and no-holds-barred festivities. With the upcoming FIFA World Cup that the country will host, however, Brazil is also dramatically improving its infrastructure, including a high-speed rail line that will make travel across the country faster and more affordable.

    Other notable destinations on the list include Panama, Bulgaria, Tanzania and Syria. The list also includes timeless classics, like Italy, which has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other county in the world, according to the news source.

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