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Will 2013 be your year to travel? If you’re looking for exciting new destinations to explore next year these suggestions from Lonely Planet will certainly tempt. Around the world, here are their top choices for countries to visit in 2013.

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Sri Lanka

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This Asian country makes the list for culture and value for money. The country has had it’s share of hardships in the last couple of years (think tsunami and civil war) but this country is on the rise with tourism growing in popularity. Prices are very reasonable making this a very good destination for the budget traveller (air fare aside). Start in the capital of Colombo and then explore on an eco-tour.

[see]Flights to Sri Lanka[/see]

Montenegro

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If you’re looking for something wild but still in Europe, Montenegro is a perfect choice. This country is headed for big things in terms of tourism, it’s a complete package. The country’s natural rugged and mountainous landscapes will awe while the glitz and glam of its coastal beaches will impress. Think glacial lakes, canyons, rural villages, high-profile beach resorts and secluded scuba spots.

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Solomon Islands

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If there’s only one reason to go to the Solomon Islands it’s because sooner or later, tourism is going to take it over. For now, it seems to be the last remaining region of the Pacific that hasn’t been over-crowded by tourism. Rustic resorts, the chance to be hosted by locals in a village home stay and some of the best scuba diving in the world are what await you. Birdwatching in the wild jungle is also a treat.

[see]Flights to Solomon Islands[/see]

Ecuador

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2013 is a major year for Ecuador; the country’s railway network will totally revamp how foreigners travel the country. Old lines between Quito and the port of Guayaquil will be renewed, opening up new ventures for all. New tracks will also connect Cotopaxi, the country’s famous 5,900m volcano. Are you daring enough to ride across Devil’s Nose? It claims to be the steepest stretch of tracks in the Western world.

[see]Galapagos cruises: top tips[/see]

Slovakia

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Slovakia made Lonely Planet’s list as well as the country of culture. In 2013 Slovakia will turn 20! It was just two decades ago that Slovakia said good-bye to the Czech Republic and has become one of the fastest-growing economies in Europe. There’s more to do here than enjoy a cheap ski holiday, we promise. Tour Slovakia’s wine region, stopping in the tiny villages on the way. Kosice in the low lands has also been crowned Culture Capital of Europe for 2013, a city not to be missed.

[see]Slovakia car hire[/see]

Which country do you most want to visit?

Imgs: yotut, lolla, bobbypadavickseanlannin, theodevil / Flickr cc.

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