The slow return of travel has been a huge relief for those of us suffering from chronic wanderlust. Even if you’re not ready to hop on a flight just yet, it can’t hurt to start prepping for that long-delayed dream vacation, right? Then when the day finally arrives, all you’ll have to do is hit “book,” and boom—off you’ll go.
Here are some of our top picks for a trip that will help you get the absolute most out of all your saved vacation days.
For those who dream of lions and zebras, a trip to Kenya is in the cards. Peep the wildlife on the savanna, but don’t forget to hit the surf in Mombasa and summit Mount Kenya while you’re in the neighborhood. Bucket list goals, unlocked.
Saguaro NP may be right outside of Tucson, but its otherworldly landscapes will make you feel like you’ve booked a one-way ticket to Mars. The park’s eastern section is home to miles of backcountry trails, while the west side boasts an epic number of saguaro cacti, the alien-like plants for which the park is named.
If your ideal vacation involves toes in the sand and a frosty drink in hand, look no further than the Bahamas. Once you’ve had your fill of lounging, grab a snorkel mask and take to the crystal clear water, or sample a heaping platter of cracked conch, a local delicacy. Nom.
Slovenia doesn’t usually top most travel lists, and it’s high time that changes. Its capital, Ljubljana, is one of Europe’s most eco-friendly cities, and its soaring peaks, alpine lakes and ancient forests are straight off a postcard sent from your wildest adventure dreams.
You might know Marfa as the place everyone goes to photograph the famous Prada storefront, but there’s so much more to this tiny West Texas town. Think vast deserts and minimalist art, Old West vibes and occasional celeb sightings.
“Barthelona,” as your annoying family friend calls it, isn’t exactly a hidden gem—more of a giant, gleaming gem shaped like an Ibérico ham leg. But we believe there’s no better way to shake off the pandemic blues than by eating and drinking your way through a far-flung city—especially when that city is filled with amazing architecture, bustling squares, and pinchos, the world’s greatest drinking food.
Bhutan is known for being one of the happiest countries on Earth, and it’s easy to see why. This tiny Himalayan nation has sustainability baked into its soul, with strict regulations in place to preserve its immense natural beauty and rich culture. Also, it’s known as “Land of the Thunder Dragon.” Enough said.