Catching up on that New Years resolution to travel more? Now is the time to start booking those travel plans! With Spring Break already underway and the summer around the corner we thought you could use some suggestions.
Here are our top 10 instagram envy inducing destinations!
Cartagena, Colombia. Why not head to the beautiful South American city of Cartagena, a stone’s throw away from Miami. Right on the Caribbean, this city is the long time playground of the South American elite. Beautifully restored villas in the old city painted in bright Caribbean colours, dancing in the streets and the jovial Colombian people. If nothing else, it’s a great place for people watching. But trust me: you’ll want to participate in the revelry.
Medellin, Colombia. Forget what you saw on Netflix’s breakaway hit, Narcos. This once drug-ravished Colombian city is experiencing a complete renaissance. From the thriving street art scene to new boutiques and galleries, delicious fusion restaurants springing up, a visit to Medellin is sure to be a feast for your mind and your body. The best part? Nestled in a valley of the Andes, Medellin’s nickname is City of Eternal Spring so you can visit anytime of the year and enjoy a perfect day!
Miami, Florida. Dr. Luke, Will Smith, Drake. Miami has long been touted as the place to party so why not head south for a long weekend of sun, sand and R&R. While you’re there, check out the oft-‘grammed Wynwood Walls and Wynwood in general for beautiful street art. Catch the sunset at a rooftop bar in the newly revitalized Brickell neighborhood!
Barceló Bávaro Resort at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Why not go the all-inclusive route? That way you and your crew (be it family or friends) know exactly what you’re doing, you don’t have to worry about getting around. Barceló Bavaro Resorts in the Dominican Republic has everything you could want. Not sure what dinner should be? Don’t worry there are ELEVEN restaurants to choose from, a water park for the kids and fun times to be had in the nightly Vegas style show and casino.
All inclusive not your jam? I hear ya. There was something about Rockhouse hotel in Negril, Jamaica that instantly makes you feel right at home. Check out @rockhousehotel Instagram…. Yea. Have you booked yet? Watching the cliff-side villas on this properties with a rum punch in hand is the epitome of paradise.
Would you really rather just get away from it all? I can think of any place that we’ve been so far more perfect from this than Nevis, West Indies. The more subdued sister to St. Kitts, this little island is where you’ll find the only Four Seasons in the Caribbean. The Montpelier Plantation on the island is also where Princess Diana (with the young princes in tow) found some respite from media during her divorce announcement from Prince Charles in 1992. Yes… it’s that kind of place.
Tel Aviv, Israel. Bold statement alert: No one parties like Israelis and in this Mediterranean city you’ll find a bizarre hybrid of South Beach meets Silicon Valley filled with beautiful people living for every moment of life. Another added bonus is that Jerusalem is a short drive away, you have the option of your Instagram captions being rife with AD / BC puns!
Think of your Times Square dreams. Now times that by 100. The modernity and technology on display in Singapore is almost a nod to Blade Runner comes to life. (Almost because you’ll see Singapore seemingly has NO grit. Definitely the cleanest place I’ve ever seen.) Even if bright lights and skyscrapers aren’t your thing, here’s the real instagram-envy inducing reason to head to Singapore. #Foodporn. From the polarizing durian to Hainanese chicken rice to the famed Chili Crab, this city is a foodie’s dream.
Florence, Italy. Warning, this city is crawling with tourists. But the minute you walk out of your hotel room, you will see why. Treat yourself to actually seeing all of those beautiful works of art that you read about in your history books. From Michelangelo to Bernini every building in this city is a feast for the eyes. Treat yourself to beauty, incredible Tuscan food and culture.
While everything else was in no particular order, we've definitely saved the best for last: Havana, Cuba. With tensions and travel restrictions easing, Cuba is definitely on most Americans to-do list. There’s understandably a mad rush to get there before “everything changes.” While visiting Havana isn’t exactly like walking into the time capsule that everyone thinks it’s going to be, there is a marvelous preservation of culture so what are you waiting for?! Get there now!
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A born and raised New Yorker & global citizen, Nneya Richards is a fashion maven and stylist, starting at 15 years old as a contributing editor of TeenVOGUE magazine, currently running Double N Rich Creative Consulting agency.
Her passion for cultural explorations led Nneya to launch ’N A Perfect World… a curated intersection of travel, food, fashion and geopolitics inspired by the global-citizen lifestyle of the millennial.