By Stefanie Michaels
We’ve dreamt of this moment in time for what seemed like an eternity — the new normal. Included in life’s newest chapter, everyday travel for fully-vaccinated Americans just got upgraded from road trips only into post-pandemic ports of call around the world. Dust off your passport and finally go wheels up to somewhere new for a change.
Dalmatian Coast of Croatia
From Rijeka to Dubrovnik, the Dalmatian Coast boasts a picturesque Mediterranean lifestyle at its finest. And, while California Zinfandels are in any oenophile’s portfolio, the grape’s lineage begins within the Kaštela region where you’ll find the OG of Zinfandel, Crljenak Kaštelanski. The coast’s most famous red, Plavac Mali, joins this ancestral quest. But, also don’t miss out on the bounty of white varietals. Two must sips dominating the region are Grk and Pošip which are plentiful on the gorgeous island of Korčula.
Italy’s bread basket features indigenous products such as Balsamic vinegar, Parmesan cheese, Prosciutto and Lambrusco. Italy’s wealthiest region is also revered for its art of movement across the Motor Valley showcasing luxury automobile designers such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, and the incredibly rare Pagani. Explore the 15 specialised museums, 16 private collections open to visitors and 4 racetracks for competitions, which have attracted over 1.2 million tourists to the territory.
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
You can leave your passport behind in this American territory. From the easternmost point in the U.S., Point Udall, to the centuries old waterfront town of Frederiksted in the west, beachfront stays are a must. Make this island your resort-style vacation. Dating back to the 1600s, The Buccaneer Resort shares an extraordinary history with the island earning the Historic Hotels of America prestige, but with modern, family-friendly amenities. You can also enjoy views of the vibrant turquoise Caribbean at the newly renovated Carambola Beach Resort, a Marriott Bonvoy property.
Yukon Territory, Canada
The return of international travel for our North American neighbors is hopeful this fall, just in time for winter, the longest season in sub-polar territories. Explore its rugged beauty while dog sledding, ice fishing, snow shoeing, or snowmobiling. Glacier flight-seeing with Icefield Discovery Tours gives a glimpse of Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak. Still, it’s the northern lights, otherwise known as Aurora Borealis, which literally steals the show. The Canadian night sky painted in vibrant hues from mid-August to Mid-April is best seen from 10pm-3am.