Your husband’s cousin’s girlfriend won’t stop talking about her fabulous vacay to the Maldives (automatic eye roll). And although it really does sound amazing, sometimes the best trips are the ones less traveled. Here are ten off-the-beaten-path getaways that make for way cooler stories
Maldives, schmaldives. This tiny island just east of Madagascar is the new secret gem of the Indian Ocean.
Sure, Paris is great. But tacking on an extra couple of days (when the lavender is in bloom) to bike through Provence is très “you’ve got to be kidding me.”
AEOLIAN ISLANDS, ITALY
The Amalfi Coast is unbeatable (you know this), but it’s not the only chain of amazing islands in town. For a more under-the-radar Italian experience, visit the UNESCO-protected Aeolian archipelago–a cluster of seven small spots where you’ll find gorgeous terra-cotta guesthouses, sweet Malvasia wine and miles of undisturbed beaches.
Tokyo is a given for any trip to Japan. But after you’ve taken in the bright lights, jet over to Kyoto (an easy three-hour trip on the bullet train). There you’ll find temples, cherry trees and a stunning bamboo forest.
If old-world cities like Barcelona are your style, this South American locale should be next on your list.
PERITO MORENO GLACIER, ARGENTINA
New Zealand is breathtaking; a 21-hour plane ride is not. Instead, jet south to Argentina to cruise through the 2-million-year-old glaciers of Patagonia.
BOULDERS BEACH, SOUTH AFRICA
Guys. You can be real-life friends with real-live penguins. Just outside Cape Town lies this little inlet where African penguins meander in droves.