Ready for 2014?

With store shelves sprouting Christmas decor around Labor Day, we probably could have predicted that the "tops for 2014" lists would jump the gun, too. Here is Lonely Planet's top 10 list of countries "destined for an epic year." Naturally, World Cup host Brazil tops the list.

1. Brazil

2. Antarctica

3. Scotland

4. Sweden

5. Malawi

6. Mexico

7. Seychelles

8. Belgium

9. Macedonia

10. Malaysia

-- Linda Zavoral, travel@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow at Twitter.com/ buh_byeTravel.