Looking for a new place to visit this year? Let travel experts at Lonely Planet give you some pretty amazing suggestions.
The travel guide/website has recently released its best travel destinations for the year. The list is a roundup of the world’s top and emerging destinations and experiences for travelers.
The top 10 countries include the following destinations: Fiji, Greenland, Uruguay, Poland, Australia, Latvia, Palau, USA, Japan, and Botswana.
Lonely planet says that the “democratic, progressive, enlightened…and invigoratingly wild” Botswana has become one of Africa’s most stable and thriving societies. On this list, it’s the top country to visit.
“The country celebrates 50 years of independence in 2016 and there’s a lot for it to shout about, not least the way it has balanced economic growth with protecting its natural riches. Prepare for a severe case of slack-jawed-with-awe syndrome when you visit,” it added.
Japan is recommended once again for giving travelers a otherworldly experience: “Nowhere else on earth exemplifies that dog-eared ‘modern yet ancient’ cliche like the land of the rising sun.
See all the destinations here.
The top 10 cities list is topped by Kotor, a coastal town in Montenegro where “locals sip strong coffee at pavement cafes and queue for warm bread at the bakers amid a dreamy maze of alleys and plazas.”
The top destination for the top 10 regions list is Transylvania. The description suggests that we discard the garlic and look past all the Count Drankula’ shirts.
“Yes, horses and carts still rumble through the wooded countryside, but they’ll soon share the roads with Uber cabs ferrying visitors to chic Airbnb lodgings,” Lonely Planet said of the Romanian city.
Tom Hall, editorial director at Lonely planet, said that the list does not highlight the places that travelers are headed to this year, but the places the Lonely Planet team determined that travelers should visit.