16 Places To Indulge Your Winter Wanderlust

16 Places To Indulge Your Winter Wanderlust

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Herd your clan to the nearest airport and head for sandier, snowier, more adventure-worthy pastures. Consider this guide your rhyme and reason to all that, with 16 adventures spanning, 4 hemispheres, 6 continents and every ecosystem imaginable.

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    The stars and the moon play off of the thick, snow-packed ground as your guide leads the way with a lantern for you and 23 others. At about a half-mile you’ll reach the warm mountain yurt where you’ll dine on rack of lamb or wild venison for dinner.
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    Rainforest and ocean are equally proximal: for the former, you’ll explore one of the most biologically diverse spots on the planet, Corcovado National Park on the Osa peninsula; for the latter, swim, snorkel and dive alongside sea turtles.
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    If you’re kicking off an endless summer, there’s perhaps nowhere better to start than the Maldives, a series of low-lying Francophone islands in the Indian Ocean. 
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    If you’re coming from the U.S., chances are you’re going to land in Sydney — in which case we recommend getting over your jetlag at the just-opened Old Clare, constructed from the remains of two heritage buildings.
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    Rio’s beaches are deservedly famous. You'll find our favorite, little Arpoador, sandwiched between more famous neighbors Ipanema and Copacabana — but nobody ever mistook them for an undiscovered paradise. 
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    Winter is the best time of year to explore the hospitality concept known as the ryokan: roughly, a network of centuries-old Japanese boutique hotels. You'll start your pan-island tour at Takinoya. Five onsen baths provide maximum chill-out opportunities,
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    Gstaad, Zermatt and St. Moritz get all the attention, but if you want to ski with your family more than schmooze at the bar, Arosa’s the spot. Novices will find plenty of blue and red runs here, with more challenging options for those who insist.
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    Bhutan has long been one of the world’s most inaccessible countries: most visitors are required to furnish a $250-per-day travel visa. Begin in the capital city, Amankora Thimphu, pass by monasteries and palaces, and meet a monk at at the Amankora Paru.
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    Pick up a copy of Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass and set course for these islands just above of the Arctic Circle on the Norwegian Sea. Come winter, it’s even more dramatic, with storms of green, gold and red streaking across the night sky.
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    The one-percenter’s Caribbean destination of choice, St. Bart’s is a small piece of the French Riviera transported to North American shores. we suggest the Flamands Villas at Cheval Blanc. 
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    Dubbed “the finest walk in the world,” the Milford Track is a four-day, 33-mile journey into pristine South Island wilderness, with water so clean you can drink straight out of streams. 
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    Just because it’s a cliché doesn’t make swimming with rays any less spectacular. There’s no shortage of high-end hotels, but our pick is the Four Seasons. Book an overwater villa and sign up for the resort’s bat ray-and-reef shark-feeding experience.
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