Botswana tops charts of coun­tries to visit

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODTURN -

BOTSWANA, Tran­syl­va­nia and the Mon­tene­gro city of Ko­tor have been cho­sen by travel guides com­pany Lonely Planet as the best travel des­ti­na­tions for 2016.

In its 11th an­nual travel listing, Best in Travel 2016 listed the city of Ko­tor on the Adri­atic Sea as a well-kept se­cret with its breath­tak­ing bay, coin­ing it a “miniDubrovnik” – re­fer­ring to the highly re­garded Croa­t­ian hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion fur­ther up the coast.

Ko­tor was some­what of a sur- prise top se­lec­tion, con­sid­er­ing that Lonely Planet’s pre­vi­ous top city des­ti­na­tions were Wash­ing­ton DC in 2015, Paris in 2014, San Francisco in 2013 and Lon­don in 2012.

Ko­tor topped the city list ahead of Ecuador’s cap­i­tal Quito, with Ire­land’s Dublin, Ge­orge Town in Malaysia and Dutch city Rot­ter­dam round­ing out the top five.

Lonely Planet’s top choice for coun­tries to visit was Botswana fol­lowed by Ja­pan, the US, the Pa­cific is­land coun­try of Palau and Latvia.

The top five re­gions in Best in Travel 2016 are Tran­syl­va­nia, Ro­ma­nia; West Is­land around Mon­treal; the Vi­nales Val­ley in western Cuba; the Fri­uli wine re­gion in Italy; and Wai­heke Is­land off the coast of Auck­land, New Zealand.

Best in Travel 2016 is pub­lished in English, France, Ger­man, Ital­ian and Rus­sian. – dpa

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