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With all the honeymoon destination options, how will you settle on a locale? Try consulting Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2012, the annual travel guide that reports travel trends and offers up the best destinations, journeys, and experiences for the upcoming year.
According to Robert Reid, U.S. spokesperson for Lonely Planet, "The goal here is not to predict where travelers will go in 2012, but where Lonely Planet thinks travelers should go—or consider going." The guide provides top 10 lists for 2012 travel destinations from the best countries (Uganda), cities (London), or regions (Coastal Wales) to the best experiences including "Best-Value Destinations for 2012," "Top Spots to Glamp," and "Best Places for Intrepid Romantics." Number one romantic vacation pick for 2012: Capri, Italy. See the full list after the jump.
"Capri practically chose itself at number one!" Reid says. "It's got the Mediterranean setting (set on a mass of limestone rock), the history (Greek legends and Roman ruins), and star appeal—celebs stay at the Capri Palace, a slick hotel with private pools for rooms and rates starting at a surprisingly reasonable 300 euros."
Best Places for Intrepid Romantics
Paris is passe! Show how original your love is by whisking your partner away to an off-beat but loved-up location:
1. Capri, Italy
2. West Coast, South Island, New Zealand
3. Byblos, Lebanon
4. Cartagena, Colombia
5. Ruhuna Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
6. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India
7. Kayakoy, Turkey
8. Izumo-Taisha Shrine, Izumo, Japan
9. Prince Edward Island, Canada
10. Salzburg, Austria
—Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2012
Reid explains that selecting the destinations to feature on the top 10 lists is fun but also is taken quite seriously; it's a process that takes time, consideration, and frequent debating among the editors. Company founder Tony Wheeler even weighs in on the final lists. The top 10 in each category earn their ranking based on their scores for topicality, excitement, value, and "x-factor."
Click here to see the top 10 travel lists from Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2012. —Danine Alati