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Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries to visit in 2016

Have a bit of wanderlust? Lonely Planet’s top 10 countries to visit in 2016 will give you some inspiration for where to go.

1. Botswana

Out of poverty and colonial rule, Botswana has become one of Africa’s powerhouse countries. Stable and thriving, it celebrates 50 years of independence in 2016 and balances its economic growth with protecting its natural riches. 2.

2. Japan

The Land of the Rising sun brings with it a mix of ancient with modern world and is always at the top of the list for travellers searching for “otherworldly” experiences.

3. United States of America


The National Park Service, which oversees the country’s 59 national parks and hundreds of historic landmarks, celebrates a centenary of safeguarding Yosemite, Yellowstone, Badlands, Zion, and the rest in 2016.If you want to hike and see spectacular landscapes, USA offers some great options.

4. Palau

This far-flung Pacific archipelago has turned 100% of its marine territory into a sanctuary in a bid to protect what has been dubbed a ‘Serengeti’ of the sea. If snorkelling is what you are after, this is the place to be.

5. Latvia

Latvia is undergoing a wonderful regeneration restoring its beautiful architecture and giving its stodgy cuisine a Nordic facelift.

6. Australia

From the Great Barrier Reef to the wilderness of Tasmania, Australia is a great option for travellers with a slightly bigger budget.

7. Poland

Lonely Planet says: recession-defying Poland has superpowers – while the rest of Europe descended into the doldrums, visitor numbers here climbed and there’s no end to the boom in sight as Wrocław prepares for a stint as European Capital of Culture 2016.

8. Uruguay

Dubbed the “Switzerland of America”, more and more visitors are flocking to this South American gem. Wonderful food, a bustling nightlife and the beautiful coast is all packed into this bustling country.

9. Greenland

If you’re prepared to deal with the cold, Greenland offers plenty for the adventurous traveller. The midnight sun glimmer on glaciers, sail among breaching whales, dogsled the tundra, watch the Northern Lights dance across the ice sheet

10. Fiji

If a faraway beachside getaway, Fiji is exactly what you’re looking for.


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