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The 25 Places You Must Explore In 2016

From Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2016 and Afar Media's Where to Go in 2016.

Ahh, January. A month to attempt to get your shit together, not guzzle wine every night, and, perhaps most importantly, plan out your entire year of travel.

Now, about that last one. Of course you should go wherever you want, but there are some places that are in their prime this year, for various reasons — so this could be the best time to go.

1. Botswana

2. Japan

3. Any of the national parks, USA

4. Palau

5. Latvia

6. Australia

7. Poland

8. Uruguay

9. Greenland

10. Fiji

11. The American Southwest

12. Nepal

13. Tasmania

14. Cuba

15. Portugal

16. Granada, Nicaragua

17. Mongolia

18. East Africa

19. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

20. Ireland

21. Guadalajara, Mexico

22. Southeast Asia

23. Iran

WHY GO IN 2016: Bookings to Iran are on the rise, according to Afar, and it may be time for you to join the club. Check out the capital, Tehran, the ancient literary city, Shiraz, and more. Here's everything you need to know before you go.

24. New Orleans, Louisiana

25. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

So there you have it: your 2016 to-do list. Start planning!

For more information, Lonely Planet's free New in Travel 2016 ebook is available here starting Jan. 8. And for more information on Afar Media, visit its website here.


The photo of Iran was changed from sand dunes to a city view to more accurately depict the country. (Thanks, Aydin Tebyanian!)


The information about Tasmania in #13 has been updated. A previous version of this post incorrectly referred to it as a country.