If you asked me to describe myself in one word, I’d tell you I’m adventurous. There’s some unpredictability involved in that word, which for the most part I’ve shed as I grew up. It still surfaces once in a while, but I’m more keen on planning my adventures out now that I’m older. I get a lot more affected by unpredictability now that I have people I rely on and who rely on me. It’s the beauty of becoming an adult.
Regardless, planning doesn’t mean being boring or choosing the “normal” and “basic” thing. Contrary to that, planning has allowed me to research things I wouldn’t normally happen upon without the research. At some point or another in life, you need to resign to the fact that being an explorer of the internet serves a better function than being a real-life place explorer. If you know how to look, you’ll find the gems of the earth tucked away on lists and blogs not typically published.
That said, my list contains both predictable and unpredictable spots all grounded in some semblance of luxury. While I love off-the-beaten-path experiences, I found that having a vacation that caters to my needs is a lot more relaxing at this point in my life.
Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland
Saffire Freycinet, Coles Bay, Australia
Aman Venice, Venice, Italy
Cliveden House, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Monteverdi, Tuscany, Italy
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah
(All photos via respectively linked hotel websites.)