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Lonely Planet Reveals Best in Travel for 2017

The year is coming to an end at a startlingly pace, and it is nearly time to start thinking about our own adventures for the year ahead. The help out with that, Lonely Planet has released their picks for the Best in Travel 2017, providing some outstanding destinations, activities, and bargains for the coming 12 months.

As usual, the Best in Travel list is broken down into a number of different categories, including the top trends to watch out for next year, like how to work remotely on the road, tips on taking better photos with your smartphone, and how to travel more sustainably too. This you'll also discover the Lonely Planet's staff picks for the best places to visit across the different regions of the world, and you'll get the low-down on one of the hottest trends in adventure travel – bikepacking.

But of course, the most popular section of Lonely Planet's annual list is their selection for the 10 best places to visit worldwide. This year, that list contains some of our favorite places, including Nepal, Mongolia, and Canada, which actually claimed the top spot overall. Nepal was given accolades for bouncing back from the earthquake in 2015, while Mongolia earned a nod thanks to its rapid modernization in Ulaanbaatar. UB is a wonderful city, but personally I believe you need to get out of town and see the amazing countryside instead.

Other places that make the list include Colombia, Finland, and Ethiopia, all places I haven't had a chance to visit yet, but are certainly on my list. If there is one thing that Lonely Planet's Best in Travel reveals are good for, it's expanding your bucket list.

Check out all of the entries and start planning your 2017 escapes by clicking here.

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.