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50 Places Every Twentysomething Should Have On Her Travel Bucket List

Plus, what makes these places great right now.

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    Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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    Marfa, Texas

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    Aero Island, Denmark

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    Tortola, British Virgin Islands

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    Napa Valley, California

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    The Catskills, New York

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    Jackson Hole, Wyoming

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    Los Angeles

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    Santiago, Chile

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    Todos Santos, Baja California Sur

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    Lofoten Islands, Norway

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    Isla Holbox, Mexico

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    Chefchaouen, Morocco

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    Kyoto, Japan

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    Bocas Del Toro, Panama

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    Douro Valley, Portugal

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    Jaipur, India

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    Busan, South Korea

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    Hvar, Croatia

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    Moab, Utah

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    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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    Tofino, British Columbia

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    Charleston, South Carolina

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    Turks & Caicos

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    Berlin, Germany

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    Santa Barbara, California

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    Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

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    Galle, Sri Lanka

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    Tblisi, Georgia

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    Hobart, Tasmania

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    Detroit, Michigan

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    Ponte Vedra, Florida

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    Atacama Desert, Chile

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    Belfast, Northern Ireland

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    Crete, Greece

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    Sedona, Arizona

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    Guayaquil, Ecuador

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    Modena, Italy

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    Portland, Maine

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    Honolulu, Hawaii

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    Placencia, Belize

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    Provence, France

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    Buenos Aires, Argentina

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    Cumberland Island, Georgia

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    Valle de Guadeloupe, Mexico

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    South Luangwa Valley, Zambia

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    Cape Town, South Africa

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    St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

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    Tunis, Tunisia

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    Mandalay, Myanmar

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  • Nestled far away from bustling Guatemala City, Lake Atitlan in the Guatemala Highlands of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range is a majestic place. Consider staying at Casa Palopo, where you'll have sweeping views of the lake and the volcanoes. Don't forget to bring home plenty of the beautiful textiles from the local markets.

  • Go and get your Prada Marfa shot for Instagram, then check into Tim Crowley's Hotel Saint George and spend a day or so exploring Marfa's art institutions, like the Judd Foundation and the Chinati Foundation. Finish off with a meal at the Capri.

  • Denmark isn't just about Copenhagen, though it's wonderful there too. It's worth getting out to the tiny fairytale island of Aero for a complete change of scenery. Spend a few days exploring magic castles (the sweeping Egeskov Castle), visiting Erikshale beach to see the historic, colorful pint-size beach houses, and feasting on Danish pastries.

  • Take the flight into St. Thomas and then hop on the ferry over to the idyllic island of Tortola. Book a stay through Airbnb with a group of friends, rent a car so you can get around the island with ease, and enjoy sunshine, sparkling blue waters, and forget about the struggles of life until it's time to check in for your return flight.

  • This world-famous wine region in Northern California is a dreamy destination for its gorgeous weather and scenery, and who could complain about days spent hopping from one wine tasting to the next?

    But now's a good time to plan a trip because Napa is getting a bit of a facelift. There are new hotels coming in — including Archer Hotel (where Charlie Palmer is opening his newest Charlie Palmer Steak outpost) and Los Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel; new destinations like the just-revamped CIA at Copia (go here for cooking and wine classes, and buy kitchen gadgets); restaurants like Chef Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadowood's forthcoming family-style (and more affordable) eatery; and the new upscale shopping center in downtown Napa.

  • The Catskills, an area situated about 100 miles north of New York City and known for the scenic bluffs, excellent farm-to-table dining, and music venues, are rife with hip little hotels, but the newest addition to the mix is Scribner's Lodge in the town of Hunter. Head upstate to Scribner's for a weekend of excellent eats at Prospect Restaurant and Bar, doughnuts at Twin Peaks Coffee & Donuts (these might be some of the best doughnuts ever), lounging by the fire pit reading and roasting marshmallows, skiing (the ski resorts are just down the road), and mad cozy vibes.

  • Head to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming this August to see the best solar eclipse in more than 40 years. (The line of totality goes directly through the park, making it a breathtaking spot to catch the shadow cone of the moon racing toward you. Camping will be your best, most affordable bet, but you had better start booking a campsite now.

  • An escape to sunny Los Angeles is always a good idea, but a host of chic new hotels and excellent restaurants make it more attractive than ever. From the many design-forward hotels landing in West Hollywood and downtown, to the host of killer culinary additions to the city's landscape, Los Angeles should be on everyone's travel list right now.

  • Travelers have often overlooked Chile's capital city in favor of South American cities like Lima or Cartagena. But the city is attracting more world-class chefs than ever, and has more and more design-centric boutiques and breathtaking views of the surrounding Andes.

  • Todos Santos is a truly idyllic escape from it all, with its perfect beaches (surfers will be particularly pleased), impressive galleries (there's a large community of artists expats living here), and excellent eats.

    Head to Mexico's Baja Peninsula this spring for the highly anticipated opening of Hotel San Cristobal, the newest project by Texas-based hotelier Liz Lambert of Bunkhouse Group, who is also behind Hotel San Jose in Austin and several other hip Texas properties.

  • Thanks to budget airlines like Norwegian Air, getting to Norway is more affordable than ever. Make the journey to the Lofoten Islands, north of the Arctic Circle, and stay in a fisherman's cottage for a few days of majestic landscapes, tasty fresh fish, and more.

  • This under-the-radar island off the Yucatan Peninsula is a must this year. Stay at Casa Las Tortugas (for about half the cost of Tulum hotels), and unwind on the beach for a few days of good food, yoga, and sunshine.

  • Make the trek to the majestic Blue City of Morocco, Chefchaouen. Situated in the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen was painted blue by Jewish refugees in the 1930s and has stayed that way ever since. It's no wonder Instagrammers are flocking to this blue gem.

  • As one of the best-preserved cities in Japan, Kyoto is home to hundreds of Shinto shrines and thousands of Buddhist temples. Spend a few days in Tokyo and then head to Japan's imperial capital.

  • An archipelago made up of nine islands, Bocas Del Toro is a true sanctuary. Full of tropical rain forest, empty beaches, and beautiful coral reefs, this rugged retreat is a great place to escape from it all. Stay at the stylish Sarani Resort, and spend your days eating the fresh local catch and enjoying the area's natural wonders.

  • Foodies are flocking to Douro Valley in Portugal, the world's first designated wine region. Sip port, take in the stunning vineyards, feast on the epicurean delights, and then take a hike to work it off.

  • You'll want to head to the Pink City — considered one of the most beautiful places in the world — with an empty suitcase and a full wallet. The goods and textiles are all still made by hand. Just try not to buy out the whole place.

  • After a few days in Seoul, journey to the beaches of Busan. South Korea's second largest city has a lot to offer, from white sandy beaches to rugged mountain ranges to killer seafood.

  • This vacation island in the Adriatic Sea is a great spot to go with a group of friends for your summer break. Visit the historic hilltop fortress (it's a bit of a hike but it's worth it) and spend time taking in the stunning beaches and coves. At night, the party scene lights up, if that's your vibe.

  • Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Moab. Mountain bike, hike, and climb your way around the stunning red rocks, and then go to Moab Brewery for a cold one and some tasty pub fare.

  • Take a boat ride along the Mekong River to see all of the city's historic sites, visit the Notre Dame cathedral, and take a scooter ride through the city (make sure to wear a helmet!).

    Affordable rates on ANA and United make Vietnam more affordable than ever. You can even think about making it a multi-country trip and go to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.

  • Called the Surf Capital of Canada, this small district on Vancouver Island is a hidden gem. Outdoor enthusiasts will love all this place has to offer, from the surfing to hiking to whale watching to fishing.

  • Charleston makes for a perfect weekend getaway with the girls. Get lost in all the different neighborhoods, from Harleston Village to Ansonborough, have lunch at Xiao Bao Biscuit and stay at The Restoration.

  • If you are in need of a few days in paradise, jet to Turks & Caicos for total relaxation. Feast on conch fritters and rum punch, go on a sunset cruise, and stay at the newly opened Shore Club.

  • Art lovers will find Berlin a more attractive destination than ever. Most recently, the highly anticipated Museum Barberini opened its doors in Potsdam (an easy day trip from Berlin), which houses a massive collection of Impressionist and modern art.

  • This beachy little enclave, about an hour-and-a-half drive from L.A., is known for its world-renowned wines. Stay at the Kimpton Goodland or Hotel Californian (opening this year), do a day or two of wine tasting, and don't forget to get in a few beach days while you're at it.

  • Cape Cod has long been known as a summer retreat destination for those whose pockets are flush with cash. What people don't know is you can still visit on a budget. Stay at Summercamp Hotel in Oak Bluffs and eat your way through MV feasting on lobster rolls (splitting them with a friend or boyfriend is a great option) and other fresh beachside fare.

  • This quiet Sri Lankan island is home to incredible fresh fish curries; breathtaking, electric sunsets; and some of the world's best beaches, all at a very low cost.

  • The capital city of Georgia is having a serious moment, to say the least. (Its European sensibilities make it comfortingly familiar to American travelers.) Eat fresh baked cheesy bread, take in the museums (like the National Museum), and enjoy this fantastically affordable city.

  • After an Australia stop, pop over to the island of Tasmania, the isolated island off the southern coast. You'll find an impressive dining scene in the island's capital city of Hobart (complete with local wines with cult status around the world), rugged wilderness landscapes, and a slew of new hotels worth checking out.

  • Detroit has been working on a comeback for several years now but this seems like it's going to be a big year for the city's revival. There's the new QLine streetcar coming this spring, which will connect different regions of the city, making it easier to explore all its various neighborhoods.

  • The weather in Ponte Vedra is pretty much perfect year-round, so if you are in need of some sand and sun, head to this unexpected beach enclave in North Florida ASAP. Stay at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club (situated right on the ocean), get some beach time in, and don't forget to play a round of golf or two while you're there (one of this region's primary draws).

  • The world's highest desert attracts stargazers from all over the world each year. Go and see the views from a sunrise balloon ride or a massive telescope — they're unlike anything you've ever seen.

  • Thanks to a growing number of great restaurants, shops, and art spaces, Belfast has become an increasingly popular destination for travelers. If you're a night owl, head to the Cathedral Quarter to stop into one of the many clubs and cocktail bars that have popped up recently.

  • There are so many Greek islands to visit, yet it seems that Mykonos and Santorini get all the attention. Instead, head to Crete this summer and feast on fresh Greek food, swim, hike, and take boat trips for less crowds and more fun.

  • For a sunny escape, look no further than Sedona. Rent a Jeep and spend a whole day exploring the stunning red rock formations. Don't forget to visit Oak Creek Canyon at Slide Rock State Park — there's a natural, 50-foot-long water slide that should not be missed.

    L'Auberge de Sedona is a popular retreat for wellness seekers, thanks to its wealth of spa and fitness offerings that range from forest bathing to custom apothecary blending.

  • This port city, known as the gateway to the Galapagos, is often overlooked. Stay at the new Hotel del Parque, enjoy the city's many historic landmarks, art galleries, the newly revamped riverfront area, and of course, and ride the Ferris wheel at night.

  • Modena is a city about contrast. The inner city is beautifully preserved, full of stunning cathedrals (the Duomo of Modena is a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and historic sites, while the outer region is a bustling, modern city.

    Chef Massimo Bottura put Modena (in the Emilia Romagna region) on the map last year when his tiny restaurant, Osteria Francescana, was voted no. 1 best restaurant in the world. Book far in advance and save your pennies to dine at Bottura's eatery, then roam the cobblestone streets and check out the charming little boutiques, the Ferrari museum, and the 18th-century monastery.

  • Foodies and beer lovers alike love this New England getaway. You'll find tons of fresh lobster and oysters, natural wine, and great local beers. You won't go hungry here, that's for sure.

  • It's time to rethink Honolulu. Crowds are heading here for its attractive art scene, from the Kaka'ako neighborhood to Waikiki, which is now home to vintage, 1960s Hawaii-inspired Surfjack Hotel Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club. Inside and out, you'll find art by local creative at every turn.

    You'll also want to do some of the classic Honolulu experiences: Go to Waikiki Beach, stop by Pearl Harbor, sit at seaside beach bar and sip mai tais, hike Diamond Head, and sample fresh-caught fish.

  • From yoga studios and juice bars to rum bars, this low-key beach town in southern Belize has something for everyone. Divers in particular will like it for its access to the Belize Barrier Reef, where you can even dive with whale sharks at certain points in the season.

  • Love rosé? Head to the motherland, Provence, this year for a couple days of tastings. There are more stylish lodging options to pick from than ever these days, from Domaine de Fontenille to Hotel de Tourrel.

  • The capital city of Argentina becomes extra affordable in March, thanks to the in-between climate (don't expect it to be hot, but it's certainly nicer than a lot of the East Coast at this time of year). Four-star lodging is available at less than $100 per night during this time.

  • Take the ferry from St. Marys to Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia. Camp or stay at Greyfield Inn, and enjoy this quiet, charming island that's protected by the National Park Service.

  • This wine region just south of San Diego is known around the globe for its red blends, but for the most part, the wines aren't allowed to be exported. Go and try them for yourself, savor the delicious tacos and tortas, and stay at one of the several great new hotels in the area.

  • Africa has tons of safari options for travelers, but few places offer a better value than Zambia. Stay at one of the small, locally operated bush camps or lodges, and take in the wildlife through boat rides, walking safaris, or night drives.

  • If you are looking to check off a major bucket list travel destination this year, think: Cape Town. The multicultural cuisine here is unparalleled, as are the out-of-this-world beaches.

  • Go for the top-notch snorkeling and hiking, stay for one of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches: Trunk Bay.

  • Known as North Africa's most European capital, Tunis offers both Old World charm and a seemingly endless coastline. Make sure to also allow time for a day trip outside the capital to the breathtaking coastal of Sidi Boud Said.

  • Go see the magnificent Myatheindan Pagoda (which dates back to 1816) and Shwedagon Pagoda, see the ancient monasteries, sample the sweet rice cakes, and more.