The top travel destinations of next year are revealed in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016 guide, allowing experienced travellers and new adventurers a chance to get a jump start on next year’s best destinations.
The guide, available in print and on lonelyplanet.com sets out an expert-curated list of the world’s best destinations and experiences.
Next year, Botswana is the top country to visit followed by Japan and the USA.
Botswana earns its spot at the top as a gorgeous destination for landscape and wildlife, its place as one of Africa’s most stable and thriving societies, as well as many travel benefits such as the many direct flights into the country.
Japan comes in second on the list, with accolades for its modern, bordering on futuristic, cities and gorgeous countryside. In third, the USA received its ranking for its beautiful and diverse national parks, which help make it the ideal nation for a road trip.
The top cities to visit in 2016 are equally diverse, with Kotor, Montenegro, topping the list.
It is followed by Quito in Ecuador and Dublin in Ireland.
The best regions in the world are: Transylvania, Romania, followed by West Iceland and Valle de Viñales, Cuba.
The list highlights the top ten countries, cities and regions, selected through a process that includes Lonely Planet’s authors, editors and bloggers and tweeters. They come up with a list of hundreds of the best places to see in the world, which is then whittled down by a panel of Lonely Planet travel experts who assign each location on the shortlist with a score based on a variety of criteria.
The destinations featured in the book can be chosen because of a specific event coming up that year, because of something new and interesting happening there, or because the experts feel the location has been overlooked or underrated in the past. The book gives travellers a chance to get a glimpse of the world’s best destinations before the rest of the crowd.
The book also doesn’t stop at just travel destinations: it also includes 17 inspiration lists that cover the best value destinations, the best animal adventures and the best place to elope.
Top 10 Countries in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016
Top 10 Regions in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016
- Transylvania, Romania
- West Iceland
- Valle de Viñales, Cuba
- Friuli’s wine regions, Italy
- Waiheke Island, New Zealand
- The Auvergne, France
- Hawaii, USA
- Bavaria, Germany
- Costa Verde, Brazil
- St Helena, British Territories
Top 10 Cities in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2016
- Kotor, Montenegro
- Quito, Ecuador
- Dublin, Ireland
- George Town, Malaysia
- Rotterdam, the Netherlands
- Mumbai, India
- Fremantle, Australia
- Manchester, UK
- Nashville, USA
- Rome, Italy
For more information visit www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-travel