Transylvania? Kotor? Lonely Planet’s best travel destinations for 2016

(CNN)It’s one of the most fiercely expected travel guides of any year– the yearly study of locations Lonely Planet is suggesting for 2016.

The travel giant’s “ Best in Travel 2016 ” is a roundup of leading in addition to emerging experiences and locations.

The collection “highlights not the locations tourists are gone to next year, however the locations our group identified they ought to check out,” states Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s editorial director.

      Next year’s must-visit nation is Botswana, which the group at Lonely Planet calls “wild Africa at its finest.”

      Greatest wildlife eyeglasses

      Botswana has “a few of the best wildlife eyeglasses in the world,” from antelopes and elephants, to huge felines and African wild canines.

      Also suggested are the Okavango Delta and Kalahari Desert, both “renowned African landscapes and huge stretches of wilderness.”

      The No. 4 nation on the list the Pacific island country of Palau, a small island chain of about 200 limestone and volcanic islands covered in abundant green forest and surrounded by blue-green seas.

      For its extraordinary diving and snorkeling it’s been called “the undersea Serengeti.”


      Lonely Planet likewise has an entire lot of thematic lists, consisting of Best Mustache Destinations (Portland, Oregon, is No. 2), Best Places for Silence (California’s Esalen Institute is No. 3) and Best Places to Elope (Lake Tahoe and neighboring Reno, Nevada, are No. 8).

      In addition to being released in the very best in Travel 2016 book, the Top 10 choices will be offered online at and in the inaugural problem of Lonely Planet’s brand-new U.S. publication “Lonely Planet,” which strikes newsstands November 3.

      Lonely Planet’s Top 10 nations for 2016

      1. Botswana

      2. Japan

      3. U.S.A.

      4. Palau

      5. Latvia

      6. Australia

      7. Poland

      8. Uruguay

      9. Greenland

      10. Fiji

      Top 10 Regions

      1. Transylvania, Romania

      2. West Iceland

      3. Valle de Vinales, Cuba

      4. Friuli’s wine areas, Italy

      5. Waiheke Island, New Zealand

      6. The Auvergne, France

      7. Hawaii

      8. Bavaria, Germany

      9. Costa Verde, Brazil

      10. St. Helena, British Territories

      Top 10 Cities

      1. Kotor, Montenegro

      2. Quito, Ecuador

      3. Dublin, Ireland

      4. George Town, Malaysia

      5. Rotterdam, Netherlands

      6. Mumbai, India

      7. Fremantle, Australia

      8. Manchester, UK

      9. Nashville, Tennessee

      10. Rome

      Top 10 Best Value Destinations

      1. Estonia

      2. Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam

      3. East Africa

      4. New Mexico

      5. Bosnia and Herzegovina

      6. Galicia, Spain

      7. Quebec City, Canada

      8. Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

      9. Timor-Leste

      10. Western Australia

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