If you grew up in a family where traveling meant long car rides with the family dog, you probably haven’t seen as much of the world as you’d have liked. But you’re older now and ready to use your suitcase for more than just storage—if only you knew where to go. Well, stop hurling darts at a map. The best place to kickoff your overseas adventure is somewhere you can bring your passions to life. Here are our recommendations for seven popular pastimes and the best places to pursue them.
When it comes to architecture, you appreciate each masterpiece for its design, engineering and contribution to the arts. Pay homage to the first city ever awarded the RIBA Gold Medal for architecture—Barcelona. From Gothic and Renaissance to Plateresque and Modernist, each piece tells a story.
Until time travel is an option, make your first destination Greece. You’ll find the birthplace of democracy, the site of the first Olympic games, the Parthenon, the Acropolis and the Temple of Apollo. Dust off your toga and discover where history was made
You don’t just hear music—you feel it. For this reason you should visit the music capital of the world in Vienna. Greats like Strauss, Schubert, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven all created masterpieces in Vienna’s concert halls and on its stages. Each year their legacy is celebrated with performances from September to June.
You may love to form hypotheses, but we have a theory of our own—you’ll have a mind-blowing experience in Germany. The country that’s won the most Nobel Prizes in science in the 20th century is filled with research centers and interactive museums where you can flex your brain.
As a foodie, making the trip to Italy isn’t just a good idea—it’s a must. Discover a place that boasts more than 400 types of cheeses, whose flavors continue to inspire chefs and influence cuisine worldwide.
Being indoors pains your spirit. Do your soul a favor and visit one of the greenest places on earth: Costa Rica. Boasting the most natural conservation in the world, you can trek through rainforests, hike volcanoes, raft wild rivers and discover wildlife. Answer the call of the wild and visit.
No matter what form art takes, you analyze it, discuss it, and most of all appreciate it. Give the curator that lives in you the trip of a lifetime to Paris. From the Louvre to Musee d’Orsay to the Pompidou Center, see why Paris inspires artists like nowhere else.
There’s a whole world of talents and treasures waiting to be discovered and shared. Choose your inspiration and then prepare for the journey of a lifetime. And this time, leave Fido at home.