Unconventional Vacation Ideas
All getaways are not created equal. (Some are once-in-a-lifetime awesome.) Here, 10 under-the-radar spots as well as the perfect little goodies to stow away for each.
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2. AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE
Sure, Paris is great. But tacking on a couple of days to bike through the lavender fields in Provence is très you've got to be kidding me. Pack a short-brimmed straw hat to protect yourself from the sun--and to earn chic points with the locals.
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3. SPONSORED: AEOLIAN ISLANDS
Yes, the Amalfi Coast is unbeatable, 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 Malvasian wine and miles of undisturbed beaches. Word to the wise: Don’t forget your shades. We suggest this retro tortoise pair from Coach with a modern brow bar.
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5. KYOTO, JAPAN
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 this stunning bamboo forest. A comfy pair of flats will be a lifesaver for all your strolls.
GET THE LOOK: Soludos ($55)
9. SPONSORED: JURA MOUNTAINS, FRANCE
Forget Burgundy and Napa, wines from this mountain region spanning France and Switzerland are on the upswing. For a day tooting around the wineries sipping on some Côtes du Jura white, wear a pair of oversized sunglasses in timeless black and gold.
GET THE LOOK: Coach ($168)