Lonely Planet Announces Best in Travel for 2016

The calendar may say there are still two months to go before the start of a new year, but it is never too early to start making travel plans for the year ahead. To that end, the team at Lonely Planet have announced their picks for the Best in Travel for 2016, spotlighting the top destinations that should be on our list for potential places to visit.

The list is broken down into several categories, including the Top 10 countries overall, the Best Value Destinations for 2016, and the Most Accessible Destinations to go as well. Top budget locations include places like Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in Vietnam, as well as East Africa, which is still struggling to rebound following a downturn in the number of visitors due to the Ebola breakout in West Africa. Meanwhile, places like Barcelona, Spain and the Galapagos Island and Amazon region of Ecuador get a not for their accessibility to travelers.

Much of the attention from these lists will be given to Lonely Planet’s choice for the top ten countries to visit, and rightly so. The list is made up of some amazing places, a number of which will be very alluring for adventure travelers in particular. Places like Greenland, Australia, and Uruguay all have plenty to offer, but the top spot – Botswana – is the one that personally calls to me the most.

One of the Lonely Planet lists that will be especially interesting to Adventure Blog readers is the destinations that are the Best Places to Test Your Survival Skills. Unique when compared to the other places that LP spotlights, this list consists of opportunities to truly get out into the wild in places that are incredibly demanding. Some of the experiences that earn a spot on this particular line-up include Bear Grylls Survival Academy in Zimbabwe and Bob Cooper’s Outback Survival Course in Australia. Also making the list is Expedition Alaska, the adventure race that I spent a couple of weeks helping to organize and run this past summer. I can tell you that the team behind the race is excited to get this recognition, as we tried to truly put on an event that was tough, but fair for racers. We’re hoping to do it again in 2017.

So, if you’re looking for a bit of direction on where you should go in 2016, Lonely Planet should be able to help. There are definitely no shortage of options here.

Kraig Becker