Where do you go for this summer vacation
Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
The medieval city Lucerne is choked with tour buses, but new developments around the spacious lake it sits on (called Lake Lucerne by tourists but known as Vierwaldstättersee to locals) promise to thin crowds and offer accessible doses of authentic Swiss Alps.
Kauai Island, Hawaii, USA
The island’s ubiquitous aerial tours do deliver jaw-dropping views of the towering Na Pali Coast sea cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and other blockbuster locations. But plunging deep into the Garden Island’s wild side requires hitting a trail.
Marked hiking paths lead on to the floor of Waimea Canyon, through the shallow bogs of Alakai Swamp, and across unbelievably lush landscapes.
Bardsley Carta, Italy
Caves, beaches and more in Italy's secret southern region.
This is a chance to visit Italy's southern region before the world catches on. Between the heel that is Puglia and the toe that is Calabria, you will find Basilicata, the arch of Italy's foot.
Despite a storied and ancient past, the region has been overlooked in modern times. Easily Italy's best-kept secret, Basilicata is revered for beautiful beaches, ancient towns and a dearth of organized crime.
Qinghai Lake, China
Qinghai Lake is China's largest inland saltwater lake. This view is one of the great draws of Qinghai Province in China's far northwest every June and July.
Few tourists make it to this part of China to enjoy this oil painting of a scene, not counting packs of mad cyclists who come for Tour de Qinghai Lake International Cycling Race every summer.