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La Residence in Hue, Vietnam  

The Big-and-Bustling Capital


Far and Away: New Delhi, India
Visual overload is inevitable in India’s madcap capital. Beat the surge of tourists with a morning visit to Rajghat, the park along the (relatively) quiet Yamuna river, where Gandhi’s remains were scattered; have your picture taken at India Gate, Delhi’s ode to Paris; and admire the Qutab Minar, the city’s best example of early Islamic architecture. Follow the narrow streets (or hail a rickshaw, but settle on a price before taking off) to one of the many bustling open-air markets—Dilli Haat has local arts and crafts; Khan features books, fabric, and music; and the market alongside Hanuman Temple sells a rainbow array of bangles. At Sagar a few dollars will buy you a tray of South Indian dishes (dosas, sambar, rava idli), while the elegant Bukhara has some of the best tandoori in town. Stay at the serene Aman New Delhi (from $550; amanresorts.com). The hotel can book a three-hour drive to see the famed Taj Mahal. 15 hours from NYC

Closer to Home: Bogotá
After years of drug-related violence, Bogotá has emerged as the new capital of South American cool. Stay in the heart of the colorful Candelaria at Abadia Colonial (from $70; abadiacolonial.com), where the twelve simple, colonial-style rooms overlook three central courtyards. Ride the funicular up to the peak of Monserrate for the best city views, or rent a bike—the city is incredibly bike-friendly, with extensive bike lanes, and car-free roads on Sundays—and explore at ground level. On Sunday, go to the flea market at the Mercado de San Alejo, or embark on a neighborhood food crawl: The quaint Casa Vieja is a local favorite, as is the frenetic, always-packed meat palace Andrés Carne del Res. 6 hours from NYC

The Romantic City


Far and Away: Marrakech
This Moroccan city is as sexy as it was back in the sixties, when a caftan-wearing Talitha Getty held court for the Beatles at her home. The famous La Mamounia (from $691; mamounia.com) has had its luster restored after a recent renovation by French decorator Jacques Garcia. For something more intimate, stay in a riad (a home set around a courtyard garden)—the suites at AnaYela (from $379; anayela.com) have brick baths for two, while the Riad El Fenn (from $350; riadelfenn.com), owned by Richard Branson’s sister, features three pools. The bustling Jemaa el Fna square is the city’s cornerstone: During the day, barter for goods like spices and argan oil at the souks; at night, pull a chair up to one of the food stalls to dine à deux. 12 hours from NYC

Closer to Home: Montreal
Stay in historic Old Montreal, with its meandering cobblestone streets; the St. Paul (from $221; hotelstpaul.com) has massive soaking tubs and plush duvets. Stroll through the lovely Parc du Mont-Royal, peruse the boutiques lining rue Saint-Denis and hipster enclave Mile-End, dine at chef Jérôme Ferrer’s hot spot Andiamo, and grab a fancy nightcap at Baldwin Barmacie. 1.5 hours from NYC

The Jet-Setters’ Paradise


Far and Away: Bali
Among Indonesia’s archipelago of islands jutting out into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Bali is the most popular destination, both for its fashionable beaches and its spiritual heartbeat. Forgo the luxury hotels lining the beaches in Seminyak in favor of a private beachfront villa. Luna2 (from $3,000; luna2bali.com) is a supremely modern five-bedroom house that comes with its own staff, plus Bisazza mosaics throughout, a Bose sound system, and a giant tiled image of Marilyn on the pool’s floor. When you’re not lounging in the sun, visit the eleventh-century Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, explore the Botanic Garden Ubud, and take a rain forest walk through local bird and reptile parks to spot a Komodo dragon. At night, drink and people watch at the scene-y Ku De Ta. 23 hours from NYC

Closer to Home: Miami
Reopened last year after a big renovation, the colonial-style Betsy hotel (from $230; thebetsyhotel.com) has cozy, pastel rooms and a “wellness garden” on the roof instead of a bar. When you’re not tanning, visit art spots like the Rubell Family Collection and the Lowe Art Museum or take a shopping tour with stops at the Webster and the just-opened Maison Martin Margiela store. Nibble on oyster risotto at the romantic Casa Tua, or go modern at Fratelli Lyon, then enjoy cocktails at the posh Club 50 on the rooftop at the Viceroy. 3 hours from NYC

The Foodie Mecca


Far and Away: Vietnam
Start your exploration in Hanoi, the misty northern city. Check into the Sofitel Legend Metropole (from $190; sofitel.com), which just underwent a $20 million renovation. Vietnam’s food culture is varied—you’ll find dishes both recognizable (pho, bánh mì) and less so (chao huyet, a pork and coagulated pig’s blood porridge)—and fantastically inexpensive. In Hanoi, stop by the 139-year-old restaurant Cha Ca La Vong for the eponymous fried-fish dish; sip Vietnamese coffee (sweetened with condensed milk) at Au Lac Café; and dine in high style at Wild Rice. Next, head south to the onetime capital of Hue, which is renowned for its cuisine. At the tranquil La Residence Hotel & Spa (from $146; la-residence-hue.com), enjoy a bowl of bun thit nuong (noodles with pork, papaya, and fish sauce) at Huyen Anh; have a multicourse feast fit for royalty at Hoang Vien; and take a cooking class at Hoi An’s Red Bridge. End your food odyssey in Ho Chi Minh City. Check in at the Hotel Majestic (from $138; majesticsaigon.com), and hire a pedicab to help you taste your way through the Ben Thanh food market and the stalls in the Quan an Ngon. 22 hours from NYC

Closer to Home: Maine
Book yourselves a cottage at the lovely Hidden Pond (from $425; hiddenpondmaine.com) in Kennebunkport; each one comes with an outdoor shower and a kitchen for cooking produce from the on-site organic farm. Sample the famous lobster roll at the Clam Shack before heading to Portland, a 40-minute drive away. Stay at the Pomegranate Inn (from $120; pomegranateinn.com), and while in town sample the cheese-curd poutine at Duckfat, have a bucket of steamers at J’s Oyster, then splurge on James Beard–winner Rob Evans’s blind-tasting menu at Hugo’s. 1.5 hours from NYC

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