Holidays 2015: The ten best countries to visit

Sinead Moore
Ireland named one of Lonely Planet's top ten countries in the world
Ireland named one of Lonely Planet's top ten countries in the world

If you're planning your 2015 holiday, this list might help you make some important decisions.

Ireland has been named one of the top countries in the world for travellers in 2015 according to Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2015.

Ireland features fifth on the list of top countries ahead of The Philippines, St Lucia and Morocco.

According to the book, "Ireland is stunningly scenic, its traditions – music, dance, whiskey and beer – firmly intact and the cosmopolitan, contemporary Irish are just as friendly and welcoming as their forebears were known to be."

The destinations featured in the book are selected because they meet certain criteria: it could be that there is something special going on that year, that there's been recent development and a lot of buzz about the place, or that Lonely Planet think it's up-and-coming and suggest travellers visit before the crowds do.

Have a look at the entire list in the gallery below

Introduction to Ireland's Beauty
Introduction to Ireland's Beauty

The UK also has reason to celebrate as Salisbury made it into the top 10 world cities list.

Salisbury featured seventh on the list of top cities beating Vienna and Toronto, while Washington DC was top.

Best in Travel 2015 contributor Tom Hall added: "We included Salisbury because it deserves to be recognised as one of the UK's most important destinations for travellers next year.

"Bursting with history, top class restaurants, atmospheric nightlife and a host of festivals planned for 2015, we believe Salisbury is a must-see for domestic and international travellers alike."

Check out the top ten cities in the gallery below

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Best Cities For Every Stage of Your Life

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