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.
3. Any of the national parks, USA
11. The American Southwest
16. Granada, Nicaragua
18. East Africa
19. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
21. Guadalajara, Mexico
22. Southeast Asia
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.