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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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Seilenna
Mauritius

1. MAURITIUS

Maldives, schmaldives. This tiny island just east of Madagascar is the new secret gem of the Indian Ocean. And you'll need a tissue-thin wrap that you can pack easily and wear in multiple ways.

GET THE LOOK: Seilenna ($320)

Provence
Sole Society Hat

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.

GET THE LOOK: Sole Society ($30)

Coach Sunglasses
Aeolian Islands

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.

GET THE LOOK: Coach ($178)

Bing Bang Rings
Giraffe Manor

4. GIRAFFE MANOR, KENYA

Yep, you’re seeing that right. There is an actual hotel in Nairobi where resident giraffes get real friendly. For all the inevitable eating-out-on-the-palm-of-your-hand photos, make sure your stacked-ring game is strong.

GET THE LOOK: Bing Bang ($115 for the set)

Soludos
Japan

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)

J Crew Earrings
Cartagena

6. CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA

If old-world cities like Barcelona are your style, this South American locale should be next on your list. Take along some killer statement earrings for when you hit sexy wine bar after sexy wine bar.

GET THE LOOK: J.Crew ($75)

Vince Crossbody
Perito Moreno Glacier

7. PERITO MORENO GLACIER, ARGENTINA

They don’t call it “the end of the Earth” for nothing. Patagonia is spectacular. While ferrying around the fjords, we suggest a lightweight crossbody bag so your hands can be picture-snapping ready.

GET THE LOOK: Vince ($395)

Anthropologie
South Africa

8. BOULDERS BEACH, SOUTH AFRICA

Guys. You can be real-life friends with real-live penguins. Just outside of Cape Town lies this little inlet where African penguins meander in droves. We think a colorful hair wrap will look excellent in your 127 selfies.

GET THE LOOK: Anthropologie ($28)

Coach
Jura Mountains, France

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)

Boden
Blue Lagoon

10. THE BLUE LAGOON, ICELAND

No matter the season, the geothermal water here (just outside of Reykjavik) remains at 100 degrees year-round. So, you can plan a wintertime visit to see the Northern lights and still get in some quality bikini time.

GET THE LOOK: Boden ($44)Boden ($38)