Which Countries Does Lonely Planet Say to Visit in 2016 ...

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After the joy of Christmas and New Year dies down, travel experts are very happy to give us something to look forward to with ideas for our annual vacation.

Lonely Planet always obliges with some great lists.

Here’s their pick of the countries for 2016:

1. Palau

Palau

Among Lonely Planet’s suggested destinations, Palau in without question one of the best snorkeling and diving areas of the world.

Even far away as it is from many largely populated areas, it has made quite a name for itself, attracting thousands of people to its marine sanctuary.

Named the Serengeti of the sea, Palau has preserved its entire marine territory as an area rich with colorful fish, coral and other sea life.2

2. Japan

Japan

Although Japan isn’t a new vacation destination by any means, it is always attractive for those looking to experience a unique culture.

Few places on earth so aptly exemplify the stark difference between the modern and the ancient.

Because Tokyo will be hosting the 2020 Olympics, Tokyo itself is a blur of exciting new development.

However, traveling out into the suburbs you’ll still find the ancient woven into modern in the unique tapestry of Japan.

3. Botswana

Botswana

Botswana’s miraculous journey from utter poverty to a stable thriving society began 50 years ago when it became independent from Britain.

Since then, it has steadily moved forward to become the progressive, enlightened and democratic society it is.

Surprisingly, it has balanced its economic growth with the protection of its natural riches.

So much so that it has created quite the tourist industry with its breathtaking natural beauty and magnificent animal life.

4. Latvia

Latvia

It took Latvia 25 years to shake the mantle of communism, and to all our benefit.

The country is dedicated to resurrecting many of its historic crumbling castles and large manor houses hidden away in the forests.

Along with that, they are revitalizing their ancient culture and traditions, changing what used to be stodgy country cooking into hip and sought-after New Baltic fare, for example.

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