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The mountains of Northwestern Thailand.  

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Pai, Thailand
Hike through the mountains of Northwest Thailand, where this sleepy valley has emerged as a backpacker’s delight. Start the day with a dip in the hot springs, then take a bamboo-raft trip to the Karen tribal villages, where the women—distinguished by their elongated, ring-clad necks— sell their embroidery.
Stay at: Quarter Hotel (from $133;
Get there: 25-hour flight to Chiang Mai, plus 3-hour bus; from $2,810.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
You can enjoy February’s raucous four-day Rio Carnival without joining the tourist throngs—skip the big parades and follow the locals to Lapa, a tumble-down colonial district that turns into one big block party, with music spilling out into the streets and spontaneous blocos (parades of dancers following flatbed trucks toting samba bands).
Stay at: Hotel Santa Teresa Rio (from $310;
Get there: 10-hour flight; from $2,184.

Mendoza, Argentina
The Napa Valley of Argentina, Mendoza is an arid region of vineyards and fruit orchards. Between wine tastings, meander through the fields on horseback, keeping an eye on the rugged Sierra Pintada Mountains and, beyond, the snow-capped Andes.
Stay at: Viñas del Golf (from $150;
Get there: 13-hour flight via Santiago; from $1,798.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Winter is low-season at this tony mountain town, infamous for its challenging runs and frigid winter temperatures. Powder-hounds love the Hobacks; the ultimate in fall-line skiing, they offer a 2,500-foot vertical drop.
Stay at: Hotel Terra (from $171;
Get there: 6.5-hour flight via Salt Lake City; from $651.

Quebec City, Quebec
The Quebec area boasts hundreds of miles of groomed cross-country ski trails. Glide blissfully (for free!) through Battlefields Park, a forest with views of the St. Lawrence River and more than seven miles of trails.
Stay at: Fairmont Le Château Frontenac (from $199; ).
Get there: 2-hour flight; from $1,270.


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