Travel and photography are two pursuits that are often intertwined. While photographers who have been bit by the travel bug will usually have a long list of destinations they plan to visit in their back pocket, others may need a little inspiration or encouragement to head in a particular compass direction. Lonely Planet is happy to help out, as always, with its annual list of top travel destinations. If it's time to make your travel plans for 2016, the Top 10 Countries list is a great place to start. 

Botswana takes the top position on the list, for its 'unusual combination of desert and delta that draws an immense concentration of wildlife,' with Japan and the US rounding out the top three. Our friends over at Resource Travel have put together a collection of images highlighting the stunning locations covered by Lonely Planet's list. Take a look at a few here, share your own upcoming destinations in in the comments below, and head over to Resource for more photos to fuel your upcoming travel itineraries. Just don't blame us when you max out your credit card on international flights.