Lonely Planet Has Revealed Its Top Places To Travel To In 2016, And We Want To Go To All Of Them

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There’s nothing we love to do more than look at all the beautiful, exotic, far-flung destinations we’d love to visit while pretending we’re not at our desks in the UK on a cold and gloomy Wednesday morning. Luckily for us, Lonely Planet has made our daily procrastination that much more focused by releasing its top 10 places to travel to in 2016 – and it’s giving us a serious bout of wanderlust.

Top of the list is Botswana, which celebrates its 50th year of independence next year. Lonely Planet’s editorial Director Tom Hall told Yahoo the South African nation was a great choice, saying: ‘Botswana has remained off the radar for most people, who believe it’s too expensive, too difficult to get to, or doesn’t cater to families, but there are many options for all kinds of travelers year-round — self-guided tours, luxury camps, award-winning family safaris, community projects — and [there are] plans to start direct international flights in the next year.’

We’re sold.

The rest of the top 10, as decided by Lonely Planet’s staff and community members, is as follows…

2. Japan

3. USA

4. Palau

5. Latvia

6. Australia

7. Poland

8. Uruguay

9. Greenland

10. Fiji

Lonely Planet also decided on the best cities to visit – and lo and behold, one of our own is in there, the glorious Manchester, sneaking in at number 8. We’re beaming with pride.

The top 10 cities are as follows…

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

Scroll through our gallery above to see some jawdropping photos of the top 10 countries. BRB, we’re off to book our flights right now…

Do you agree with Lonely Planet’s rankings? Let us know @marieclaireuk

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