Malawi ranked top 5 countries in world to visit says Lonely Planet

A relief and break from the shindigs of the nauseating Cash-Gate scandal with its arrests, investigations, accusations and counter accusations, and millions stack in car boots and home ceilings, Malawians can now look at a brighter side to the expectations of the Warm Heart of Africa on a global level.

The online version of Lonely Planet Best in Travel by the American news giant CNN in 2014 has tipped Malawi as one of the best destinations for the year 2014, at position five, beating Mexico, Seychelles, Belgium, Macedonia and Malaysia.

The service which predicts Top 10 countries, Regions, and Cities, and offers a peak into the Best Valued Destinations annually, places Brazil on top position followed by Antarctica, Scotland, and Sweden.

Perhaps the new Malawi ranking on the sure tourism stretch will bring Malawians a new feeling of global recognition for better things away from Cash-gate.

One of the top attractions in Malawi, lake shore in the northern region at Chikale Beach
One of the top attractions in Malawi, lake shore in the northern region at Chikale Beach

That said, the tourism sector has been ranked as one of the top culprits in the ongoing financial saga at Capital Hill with its principle secretary, Teressa Namathanga-Senzani under arrest to answer charges.

From the 2014 guide:

Top 10 countries for 2014 
1. Brazil
2. Antarctica
3. Scotland 
4. Sweden
5. Malawi
6. Mexico
7. Seychelles
8. Belgium
9. Macedonia
10. Malaysia

Top 10 regions for 2014
1. Sikkim, India
2. Kimberly
3. Yorkshire
4. Hokuriku, Japan
5. Texas
6. Victoria Falls
7. Mallorca
8. West Coast, New Zealand
9. Hunan, China
10. Ha’apai Tonga

Top 10 cities for 2014
1. Paris
2. Trinidad
3. Cape Town
4. Riga
5. Zurich
6. Shanghai
7. Vancouver 
8. Chicago
9. Adelaide
10. Auckland

Best value destinations for 2014
1. Greek Islands
2. Italy’s Heel (Puglia)
3. Nicaragua

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