With less than 30 days left in the year, you’ve got two choices, book a last minute vacation in 2015 or plan your next adventure for 2016 at one of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel destinations and experiences.
On the heels of its 50 years of independence, Botswana came in at No. 1. Recognized for its “invigoratingly wild and thriving inspirational society,” Botswana is also home to a few magical, off-the-beaten path adventures such as canoe trails, and secluded islands.
Japan, No. 2 in this year’s rankings, is always No. 1 for travelers in search of an otherworldly experience.
And noted for its spectacular landscapes, the good ol’ USA came in at No. 3. With the National Park Service turning 100 next year and celebrating a centenary of safeguarding Yosemite, Yellowstone, Badlands, Zion, the U.S. is also known for some of the best road trips.
Here are a few places that made the cut, and you can review Lonely Planet’s list below.