The votes are in. One of the world’s most respected travel guides, Lonely Planet, has come out with a list of the best places to travel in 2016. Selected by the publication’s staff, the top 10 are the “best-value” destinations across the globe; instead of having one or two things to do on your trip (say, beaching and drinking), each of the locales has multiple interesting, diverse activities or sights to see.
Oh, and of course, they’re gorgeous places to visit. Here are the top 10 locations to vacation if you want some value for your buck — and since our dollar is so terrible right now, we’re assuming that’s most of you.
If you only take one vacation this year, it should be to one of these places
10. Western AustraliaBeyond cosmopolitan Perth (pictured here), iconic natural sights are everywhere, from the rocky coast and winelands of the southwest to the Outback treats of the Kimberley, Kununurra and the Pinnacles.Getty Images
9. Timor-Leste(No longer East Timor!) Away from the pricy hotels of the capital of Dili, you'll find bargain-beach shacks on the pristine beaches of Jaco and Atauro Islands, plus misty hill country and affordable guest houses.Getty Images
8. Costa Rica's Caribbean CoastAway from the busier western coast, you’ll find nesting turtles at Tortuguero, rafting on the Río Pacuare and diving in the reefs of Manzanillo. Surfers will enjoy the southern coast. Word is there's also a sloth sanctuary. That might be reason enough to go.Getty Images
7. Quebec City, CanadaFor those of you who want to visit Europe but can't afford it, Quebec City is a nice alternative. You can tour the beautiful UNESCO-listed old town, dine in beautiful bistros and get lost in the cobblestone streets. Don't be crazy and go in winter, unless skiing in the nearby mountains is your thing.Getty Images
6. Galacia, SpainThis ain't Ibiza, that's for sure. Galacia is considered to be Spain's last frontier, relatively untouched by tourists. Costs are low, seafood is plentiful and delicious, and there are still beaches like this.Getty Images
5. Bosnia-HerzegovinaInexpensive accommodation, meals and transit, combined with historic cities (Sarajevo and Mostar) and affordable adrenaline pursuits (rafting on the Una River and mountain skiing) reward both the adventurous and those seeking a less tourist-heavy Europe.Getty Images
New Mexico, United StatesWe know what you've seen on Breaking Bad, and rest assured the desert landscape is gorgeous. Take a tour, or engage in some outdoor sport -- the weather is nearly always sunny and dry.Getty Images
East AfricaThe eastern side of the African continent is filled with countless, amazing things to do. Kenya is tops (and is rising in popularity), along with Uganda and Tanzania; aside from seeing wildlife in their natural habitat, there are a zillion wonders to see first-hand.Getty Images
Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, VietnamVietnam's cities are #1 when it comes to budget travel: we're talking about $30 CDN, per day, for sights, food and lodging. You can't beat that, plus you'll be surrounded by the locals living as they normally would, which provides the most authentic experience possible.Getty Images
EstoniaProbably the last place in Europe proper where your dollar can be stretched. The capital, Tallinn, is stunning (pictured), and beyond that there are little-known Baltic islands as well as the seashore and forests of Lahemaa National Park.Getty Images