6 Adventures We're Dying To Book NOW

Cue the tiny violins: You've come to the end of your days off, and there's nary a bank holiday in sight. Looks like there's nothing to do but start planning your next big trip — even if it won't happen until, erm, next year. (For those keeping track, New Year's Day is 106 days away).
To enable your holiday daydreaming — and expose you to some unique destinations that might otherwise fly under your radar — we've asked a variety of travel experts to share the spots they swear by. From thrilling World Cup action to secluded beaches, these exotic locales will make your next holiday a truly excellent adventure.
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"Hayama, the lush beach town on the Sagami Gulf an hour from Tokyo, is a quiet getaway from the mesmeriding chaos of the city. Visitors can choose from small hotels or guest houses, but the main attraction is the beach. The climate is pretty warm year-round, so it's a great destination for water sports, including snorkeling, among the coastal reefs."

—Josh Rubin, Cool Hunting

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"With a direct-line view of Mt. Fuji, Caban is the best place to spend a more relaxing day. The lounge/cafe/bookstore recently opened and has quickly become a hub for the beach community."
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"For me lately, Scandinavia has been buzzing, especially Oslo with its coffee culture, its design/architectural roads, Land'Art in the middle of the fjords, and the beautiful midnight sun in the Lofoten past the Arctic Circle (which isn't too cold because that is where the gulf stream ends). You need to go late spring to early autumn and/or at the end of winter for the best Northern Light viewing in the Lofoten."

—Marie Le Fort, travel expert and author of Once in a Lifetime
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"The Renzo Piano-designed museum called Astrup Fearnley also opened this year and it is a gem!"
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"My tip for a fantastic festival is Pukkelpop in Hasselt, Belgium. I played this brilliant festival with Kelis and it's a wicked vibe with a really interesting alternative and diverse lineup, from Nine Inch Nails to A-Trak, Kendrick Lamar, and Chase and Status among those to play there this year. Belgium has some amazing festivals all summer long and it's an easy country to navigate."

DJ Nikki Beatnik
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"Everything in Belgium is pretty much an hour from Brussels! Use Brussels as a base and explore the city, shop, and eat! They make the best moules, waffles, and of course the chocolate shops! There is also a gorgeous hotel called The Dominican, located five minutes from the main square. It is a delightful place to stay if you want a luxurious night before camping at Pukkelpop on site."
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"If you're thinking of heading to Barcelona next year, make sure to make a trip outside of the city. Within little more than an hour's drive, you'll find yourself amid Catalonia's dormant volcanoes and gorgeous wooded valleys."

—Steve and Victoria, bloggers at Bridges & Balloons
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"We recommend visiting Santa Pau and getting a room at the incredibly charming Mas Can Batlle, one of the most beautiful places we've ever stayed. If you can, treat yourself to a hot-air balloon ride for a memorable bird's-eye-view of the countryside, accompanied by a glass of cava and a slice of cake. There are also plenty of beautiful hikes to explore, and medieval hill towns to discover. Spring/summer is the best time to go."
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"While the rest of the world hotfoots it to the crowded streets of Fortaleza, Brazil for the football, head north to Jericoacoara Beach, known as Jeri to insiders."

—Jen Needham, spokesperson for travel site Beach Tomato
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"For the adventurous at heart, Jeri is a windsurfer’s paradise. My advice? Settle down in an ocean hammock for the day and listen to the sweet sounds of nature."
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"Probably still mostly associated with the Balkan wars, Sarajevo is a nice mixture of its Austrian and Ottoman past with a street where on one side they sell Viennese coffee and cake, the other Ćevapi."

—Douwe Osingo, Triposo

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"It's a predominantly Muslim city, where street cafes have beer on tap and where you can find the Haggadah, a Jewish holy book which survived World War II hidden in a mosque. Oh, and you can go skiing in winter."
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