Oct 27, 2015

lonely planet, best travel destinations

Palau is a Pacific archipelago of about 200 limestone and volcanic islands, covered in rich forest and surrounded by turquoise seas. Its diving and snorkeling opportunities have led some to call it "the underwater Serengeti."There's more to Transylvania than vampire lore, Saxon villages and fortified churches. Corvin Castle is a Gothic-Renaissance masterpiece and one of the largest castles in Europe.                                    

The <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/specials/travel/usa">50 states</a> have plenty to offer, from road trips to beaches, from mountains to deserts. If you're traveling to the Rocky Mountains (these ones are in Montana) and wondering how to make your pictures stand out from the crowd, we have a guide to getting the perfect <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/05/travel/gallery/us-west-mountain-iconic-photos/index.html">shot</a>. Lonely Planet has just released "Best in Travel 2016," its annual roundup of hot destinations and experiences. Its top country recommendation for next year is Botswana, home to Mashatu Game Reserve.                      


(CNN)It's one of the most hotly anticipated travel guides of the year -- the annual survey of which destinations Lonely Planet is recommending for 2016.
The travel giant has just released "Best in Travel 2016," its roundup of travel destinations and experiences.
In July, CNN gave you <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/21/travel/10-reasons-to-visit-bosnia-and-herzegovina/">10 reasons to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina</a>, including the Stari Most bridge in Mostar, a relic of the Ottoman era. The collection "highlights not the places travelers are headed to next year, but the places our team determined they should visit," says Tom Hall, Lonely Planet's editorial director.
Next year's must-visit country is Botswana, which the team at Lonely Planet calls "wild Africa at its best."
The slogan of the Greenland tourist board is "Be a pioneer" -- picking up the torch, Lonely Planet is encouraging travelers to venture north by choosing it as its No. 9 pick.
It's an expensive trip for most. Lack of roads means shelling out on helicopter and boat rides, but "few places combine such magnificent scenery, such clarity of light and such raw power of nature."

Lonely Planet's Top 10 countries for 2016

1. Botswana 2. Japan 3. USA 4. Palau 5. Latvia 6. Australia 7. Poland 8. Uruguay 9. Greenland 10. Fiji

"Friuli's Friulano, Ribolla Gialla and Malvasia are the darlings of smart wine lists the world over," says Lonely Planet, "but the experience of drinking the region's wonderful whites and cultish orange wines on their home soil is an altogether more laidback affair." Monte Lussari (pictured) is a ski resort in winter and offers cable car views in summer.Top 10 Regions

1. Transylvania, Romania 2. West Iceland 3. Valle de Vinales, Cuba 4. Friuli's wine regions, Italy 5. Waiheke Island, New Zealand 6. The Auvergne, France 7. Hawaii 8. Bavaria, Germany 9. Costa Verde, Brazil 10. St. Helena, British Territories

Source: CNN