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10 #Travelgrams To Inspire Your Next Vacation

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    As city girls, we will defend our gritty-but-lovable homes until the bitter end. But once summertime rolls around, we pretty much all nod in overly enthusiastic agreement when someone says, "I'll be out of town next week. I desperately need it." Based on some combination of noxious temperatures, the six-months-plus since the holidays, and the realization that we've got a few vacation days in our back pockets, we are universally ready to skip town and take some time away. Far away.

    If you've noticed a similar pattern — not to mention an uptick in the hours you spend cruising travel blogs — it may be time to choose a vacation that's been vetted by the very best. Ahead, some of the most adventurous of our fellow R29ers show and tell exactly why their latest escapes were well worth the trip. The list includes everything from secluded beaches to European cities that look cuter than a rom-com set. And best of all, each spot is accessible via a Carnival cruise. Wanderlust, we just can't quit you.

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    Florence, Italy
    No trip to Europe is complete without at least one outing that transports you back to early Renaissance times. For assistant photo editor Cassidy Turner, this 15th-century Italian villa more than filled that quota. "The sprawling grottos, sculpture gardens, and hidden flower mazes of the Boboli Gardens go on for acres," she says. "From a hill in the back, you can see a panoramic view of the city. It's worth the climb."

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    Hamilton, Bermuda
    When we brainstorm beaches close to home, overcrowded haunts tend to come to mind. As it turns out, we've been sleeping on a much more exotic choice. "I'm still in shock that Bermuda is such a short trip from NYC," says market editor Rachel Besser. "I'm calling it now — Bermuda will be the spot in the next few years to come."

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    Amber Cove, Dominican Republic
    As Instagram obsessives, we're constantly trying to capture the perfect #sunset. Turns out, shooting it from the deck of a ship surrounded by miles of ocean really helps. "I took this just after our Carnival cruise set sail for Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic. The sunset was tinting the waves cotton-candy pink, and it was the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen," says video host and producer Lucie Fink.

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    Boston, Massachusetts
    With its rustic charm and storybook cuteness, no one would blame you if you mistook parts of Boston for a European village. "There's something so picturesque about Beacon Hill's tiny, winding side streets," says fashion market writer Alyssa Coscarelli. "I love to get lost in them, snap photos, and maybe talk to a few locals along the way."

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    St. Maarten
    Sometimes, the ideal vacation comes down to nothing more than finding the right place to plant your umbrella and towel. "St. Maarten has a lot of beaches to chose from, but this peninsula, called Little Bay, is my favorite," says designer Alexandra Marino. "It's the most peaceful place to snorkel, lay out, and watch boats float by."