50 T+L Readers Reveal the Trips of Their Dreams
“My ultimate fantasy: relaxing on Brazil’s stunning beaches by day; sipping caipirinhas & eating fresh seafood at night.” —@JoeDudas
Ubatuba, three hours east of São Paulo, has 74 beaches, some so deserted that sea turtles come to lay their eggs on the sand; surfers prefer buzzier Praia do Félix, where stiff prevailing winds create challenging breaks.
Vehicles are banned on Ilha Grande, a Robinson Crusoe– style island that’s home to Praia de Lopes Mendes, a prized two-mile swath of deserted shore. Hitch a ride in a fishing boat or hike a forest trail, ravines, and serrated peaks to get there. (It’s worth it.)
Something is always happening at Rio de Janeiro’s Praia de Ipanema, cradle of bossa nova and Brazilian bohemia, where perfectly sculpted youths sip coconut or sweetsop juice at Polis Sucos (70A Rua Maria Quitéria; 55-21/2247-2518) and plot their next bout of excess.
At Bahia’s Ponta do Corumbau, 30 miles south of Porto Seguro, visitors snorkel a seven-mile coral reef, then pair fresh-caught prawns with organic mango salad at the 10-room oceanside Fazenda São Francisco do Corumbau.
Things get lazier still on Brazil’s sultry northeastern shore at Praia do Iguape, near Fortaleza. Lunch on grilled grouper and caipirinhas at nameless, tumbledown beach shacks—and doze away the afternoon in a beach hammock.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
That’s what we asked our followers on Twitter and Facebook and the frequent travelers we interviewed on the streets of New York City. Their answers spanned the globe—from the beaches of Brazil to a South African safari to the Canadian Rockies.
Maria Leach posted to Facebook that her dream vacation would be chartering a private sailboat and exploring the Greek islands; A-List agent Mina Agnos can make this happen, with stops at Amorgos, Santorini, Mykonos, and the beaches of Folegandros.
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For Sarah Jenks-Daly, wanderlust was inspired by a classic movie; she tweeted that “ever since seeing Indiana Jones, I’ve wanted to visit the historic sites of Petra.” We researched how she might follow Indy’s footsteps through Jordan’s famous archaeological site, recommending she start early to avoid the heat—and sharing our favorite local tour guide.
Read on for more tips on planning a dream trip, plus the places that are on T+L editors’ bucket lists.
For more help planning the trip of a lifetime, consider enlisting one of T+L’s A-List travel agents.
Edited by Jacqueline Gifford and Brooke Porter Katz. Reported by Richard Alleman, Colin Barraclough, Nikki Ekstein, Peter J. Frank, Frances Hibbard, Sarah Khan, Peter Koch, Ted Loos, Alexandra Marshall, Sarah Miller, Shane Mitchell, Jenna Scatena, Peter Schlesinger, Emma Sloley, Valerie Waterhouse, Gisela Williams, Ingrid K. Williams, and Jane Wooldridge.