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50 Tastemakers, 50 Dream Trips

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It didn't take long after the holiday break for us to start daydreaming about another escape (blame the sub-freezing temperatures across the U.S., morning commutes, and a certain government shutdown). We're not the only ones: Below is a list of 50 tastemakers—actors, authors, chefs, designers, and more, from Emily Blunt to Roger Federer—offering a bit of inspiration for your next trip. Where do A-listers dream of taking a vacation? Where have people who've already been everywhere think about revisiting? Read on, especially if you're feeling seasonal affective disorder creep in.

Take a tip from D. Wade: A trip to Italy, like Val d'Orcia in Tuscany, is never a bad idea. © Getty Take a tip from D. Wade: A trip to Italy, like Val d'Orcia in Tuscany, is never a bad idea.

Athletes Are the Ultimate World Travelers

Maria Sharapova

The top three places on my must-visit list: 1) Cuba. I've been dreaming about this trip for a long time. 2) A hot spring onsen journey in Japan in the spring months to see the colorful cherry blossoms, and a stop at Naoshima island to see all the Tadao Ando concrete architecture. 3) A trip on the Orient-Express through Europe.

Dwyane Wade

Italy is my favorite place to travel. Why? Because I love Italian food. I love a good pizza. I love a great pasta. But I guess my dream trip was my honeymoon. We started the trip in the Maldives, then we went to the Seychelles—my wife wanted a little more nature. We also went on a safari in Africa. It was like all these different adventures. It was relaxation, then excitement (and afraid) for the safari, and then nature—having all those different elements makes for my favorite kind of trip.

Roger Federer

I would love to travel to Africa more—my mom’s from South Africa, and we have a foundation there where we support kids for a better education. And I’d love to do more travels as well with cars, not just with planes. I feel like traveling through France, traveling through Italy...in my dream I see a nice car with just a Rimowa suitcase, [pulling up to] these beautiful restaurants or a nice place in the countryside, meeting people, with the family. It would be so much fun to do—but I’ll have to wait till I retire!

Adam Rippon

I really want to go to Vietnam or Thailand. I’ve never been to Southeast Asia before, which one of my friends goes to all of the time and loves. It looks incredible. I’d also love to go to Lapland and see the Northern Lights.

a body of water: Australia native Luke Hemsworth has his eye on Cottesloe Beach, one of Oz's finest stretches of sand. © Getty Australia native Luke Hemsworth has his eye on Cottesloe Beach, one of Oz's finest stretches of sand.

Some Celebs Hear the Call of the South Pacific

Chrissy Teigen

I haven't been to Tahiti, and I see so much of it. I watch it on Below Deck all the time. I’m a big Bravo watcher, and every time I see it I'm like, we need to go to Tahiti! It looks so fun and is on my bucket list. But these days I kind of have dreams of going anywhere. A staycation is good, too—like, just drive down to Laguna for the weekend. I think I get more excited now to do that. Those times are really special now.

Chris Hemsworth

The Australian coastline is one of the most diverse in the world; from Victoria right up to Northern Australia, there are some of the most stunning places you can see. Whether you start in Victoria or Tasmania, which is still rugged, you feel like you're absolutely exposed to the elements—big, deep, dark waters at times. Big rocks. Deep, dark holes. The farther you go, it gets more tropical, the white sandy beaches and crystal-clear blue water. I don't think anywhere in the world has that kind of variety.

Luke Hemsworth

I would go to Western Australia. There's a couple of places I'd love to go back to—the Margaret River region in particular. It's a great place to take the kids. I'd really love to take my family, my three little girls, to that part of the world. Then Perth, which is probably one of the most family-friendly cities I've ever seen. I shot a film there and would love to take my kids with me. Cottesloe Beach is where I'd want to go in particular. We've got friends who just moved there and I keep seeing all of their Instagram posts. They've got three girls as well, and they're constantly doing all of these great little trips on bikes down to the beach, stuff with the surf lifesaving community, and eating incredible local seafood. It just sounds like a really idyllic lifestyle for a family. And then if you go a bit farther north, you get to the Kimberley region. I actually worked in the Kimberley region out of high school on a pearl farm. So I'd love to go back there and check out that area. Again, there's nothing like it.

a body of water surrounded by trees: Stay overnight on a traditional Chinese junk ship to discover the mist-shrouded karsts of Halong Bay, Vietnam. © Getty Stay overnight on a traditional Chinese junk ship to discover the mist-shrouded karsts of Halong Bay, Vietnam.

While Chefs Are Turning Their Attention to Southeast Asia

David Chang, chef and restaurateur

I have so many friends who have been there already, but I’ve left most of Southeast Asia undiscovered because I don’t just want to go there for four or five days for work. I want to go there for an extended period of time and really experience Thailand, Vietnam, and, well, everywhere really. Editor: So you’re going to hit the backpacker’s trail? Ha! That’s the goal right?

Samin Nosrat, author of 'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat'

I'm desperate to visit Vietnam! Everyone I know says it's the most delicious country they have ever visited and I am struggling from major FOMO. I just want to spend day after day walking and eating and meeting people!

a herd of zebra standing on top of a grass covered field: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. © Getty Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

It's Hard to Resist a Safari or Desert Adventure...

Emily Blunt

My favorite holiday has been horse riding on the beaches of Wilderness, on South Africa's Garden Route, where I also found a gorgeous spot called Knysna. I love being near the sea but not in it. I did make an exception when I was in Mozambique, where I swam with dolphins. Do you know they beat up sharks?

Justin Hartley, Kevin Pearson on 'This Is Us'

Dream trip? I’ve got a couple. I’ve never been to Australia and New Zealand, for starters, and an African safari would be fun. We have really close friends who did that and they came back and the photos that they have—I’ve seen safari photos before, but it really puts the fear of God in you seeing the lion walking three fight away, staring at you; I think that’s so fascinating. I like the idea of going to places where you see things you can’t see in your everyday world, like seeing things that in L.A. you couldn’t find. An African safari, and seeing those animals, needs to get on the books. But really, there’s no place I think I wouldn’t go.

Steven Gambrel, architect and interior designer

I just returned from an amazing trip to Africa, during which a small group of friends and family went on two safaris. We started in South Africa at Kruger National Park, where we stayed at Singita Sweni Lodge, followed by one in Zimbabwe at Singita Pamushana Lodge. We had the most extraordinary experiences. I'm now anxious to go to Tanzania to see the enormous populations of wildlife migrate across the endless plains at Singita’s Sasakwa Lodge and Serengeti House.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, world's greatest living explorer

I lost my heart in the Najd Desert, when we were looking for the Lost City. As long as you didn't tread on one of the Communists' explosives, everything was perfect.

David Kaplan, co-owner of Death & Co and Proprietors

On the quick and easy front, we want to go diving and island hopping around the Bahamas. Flights are crazy cheap, it's quick and easy to get to, and there's so much to explore. On the super ambitious side, we're eager to make our way to South Africa at some point. I went to Tanzania and Zanzibar with my mom and sister as a young teen and had an incredible experience. I would love to see more of Africa, and the luxury lodges dotted around Kruger National Park have been high on the list. It seems like you could throw a dart at any of them and have a world-class visit, but the modern aesthetic of Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is right up our alley. We would definitely want to couple the safari with some diving: Thonga Beach Lodge looks amazing. We would also want to extend the trip with some time in Cape Town, drive up through wine country some, and pop down to Gansbaii to do a cage dive with great whites.

Christiane Lemieux, founder and CEO of The Inside

I'm most excited to visit Egypt (I'm actually going!). They've discovered a whole slew of new archeological finds over the past couple of years. As a designer and a design writer, I appreciate that so much inspiration is derived from Ancient Egypt. Think modern design movements: When King Tut’s tomb was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922, it stirred the world’s imagination and became a huge part of the Art Deco movement that's having a renaissance today. I went once as a child with my family before the turbulence around the Hosni Mubarak government and it was magic. I am so excited to see it again through the lens of design.

...Well, For Most People

50 Cent

I'm not going out there playing with wild animals—I'm from New York City! You won't even see me on a camping trip for no reason, either. Putting those backpacks on and going hiking? I'm not signing up to be out there in the wilderness, eating bugs to survive. Who signs up for that shit?

a view of a field: You can practically smell the lavender fields of Valensole, Provence, from here. © Getty You can practically smell the lavender fields of Valensole, Provence, from here.

Europe: It's Just Like Heaven

George Clooney

My perfect day on Lake Como begins with a light breakfast at my home, Villa Oleandra, then I ride up the hill for about three hours on a bicycle. And I get passed by a bunch of 70-year-old men on bicycles because, for whatever reason, Italians just ride bicycles better than we do.

Ottessa Moshfegh, author of Man Booker Prize–shortlisted 'Eileen'

My favorite thing was to visit Croatia in the summer and take a boat to Split, then another to Hvar. In my early twenties my sister, best friend, and I rented a little house and every morning we'd hire a boat to take us to a tiny island near Hvar where there were flat rock beaches, with these large rock surfaces to lie naked on all day between swims. There was a little family restaurant that had fresh fish and wine and figs. It was really heaven.

Shiona Turini, stylist for 'Insecure'

I’d been dying to see the lavender fields of Provence. When I was growing up, one of my aunts was obsessed with lavender, so whenever I see a purple flower I think of her. One day I was online and stumbled upon a photo of the fields in Provence, and I thought, I have to go there! So I did. I flew to Paris, met up with some friends, and we drove south. I remember we turned a corner and it was just purple field after field. I jumped out of the car. It smelled like heaven. I have never experienced something so beautiful but so simple. No photo could have ever prepared me for seeing it in real life.

Luis Fonsi, singer of 'Despacito' fame

[I want to get to] the Greek Isles. I’ve never been and would love to see the contrast of the white houses with that deep blue ocean, the maze-like streets, and experience the cuisine—and the overall vibe—firsthand.

Autumn Hruby, designer and Hesperios founder

I’ve spent time in Martha’s Vineyard and Gotland, Sweden reminds me of that, except it’s bigger and people don’t own the beaches. It can be quite stark and surreal: My friends have a hotel in Furillen in an old limestone quarry, and on my last trip I stayed in old military bunkers that have now been renovated by one particular architect. It also has Viking ruins, sea stacks, and wildflower fields that seem to go on forever. Visby, for a well-preserved medieval town, is buzzy with a lot going on. They've done a beautiful job of planting an abundance of roses around the ruins that the residents maintain. Anytime I'm there I can just hole myself up and write for a week. It’s heaven.

Rupert Thomson, author of 'The Insult' and 'Never Anyone But You'

A place I’ve been to a lot of times on the south coast of Crete is a small, white taverna on the rocks called Frangokastello. About a mile away from there, there’s a beach called Standing Sands. It’s called Standing Sands because the only real way of getting there is running down this steep, steep sandy bank, which is about a hundred feet high and you just run down it trying not to burn your feet. Then the water that you get to at the bottom is the Libyan sea and some of the best undulating, lazy water you will ever swim in.

a view of a beach next to a body of water: Frangokastello on the south coast of Crete. © Getty Frangokastello on the south coast of Crete.

Charlotte Voisey, brand advocacy director of William Grant and Sons

I am most excited to visit Experimental Chalet in Verbier. It opened this Christmas and I cannot think of a more stylish way to disappear on a ski holiday in 2019. It’s a throwback to the 1970s ski seasons where people could spend their days going up and down the mountain and their evenings surrounded by good food and dancing until the wee hours. These guys are known for quality and attention to detail in everything they do and now they're doing it in one of the world’s most beautiful ski resorts. Sounds like heaven to me.

Ximena Caminos, curator and founder of HoneyLab

[I want to visit] the healing garden in the Franciscan monastery of Lopud in Croatia. It's being currently designed by Assa Andersson and was commissioned by a friend, Francesca von Habsburg. The monastery is built in accordance to the sacred geometry principles; it's full of coded layers of numerology and symbolism. Lopud belongs to an island system called the Elaphiti Islands (Deer Islands) and was the ancient intersection between old Greece and the Romans, so the place is amazing and somehow forgotten. I’d call it an open secret! The island itself is a very strong [sense of] place, has no cars and a concentration of many shrines, mostly ruins.

Josh Mankiewicz, 'Dateline NBC' correspondent

I’m looking forward to going to Normandy, France, to see both the beaches where my dad came ashore in 1944 and also the U.S. cemetery and memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer. It’s a trip my father made in his '80s and when I go there now, I know I’ll think of him at 20 years old—simultaneously scared and brave.

Lorenzo Martone, owner of Martone Cycling Company (aka stylish cycling)

I’m super excited about Sintra, a city in Portugal I picked for my 40th birthday celebration, in the most beautiful, beaten-down palace, Palácio de Seteais. It’s a place where the past, the decadent and the sexy collide. It’s that kind of tension you feel reading Dangerous Liaisons. Portugal, here we come!

Eva Pilgrim, weekend co-anchor of 'Good Morning America'

I’m going to Puglia with my mom this year and I cannot contain my excitement about it. It’s our last and longest stop on our European adventure together. Neither of us has been before and I’m so excited to explore it with my mom, the one who first taught me about adventure and gave me the courage to go follow my curiosity to explore.

Robert McKinley, interior designer behind the Surf Lodge, Montauk

I’m excited to visit Venice, Italy this winter. I will be staying a month at the three-bedroom suite at Casa Flora, a beautiful hotel in the heart of Venice. I’ll be there putting the finishing touches on my lighting collection that's made on the nearby island of Murano. It's a dream to immerse myself in the history and culture of such a special city.

Book a stay at museum-home Benesse House in Naoshima, Japan. © Getty Book a stay at museum-home Benesse House in Naoshima, Japan.

But What About Japan?!

Dorie Greenspan, author of the new cookbook, 'Everyday Dorie'

There are places you dream of traveling to and then, after you’ve visited them, dream of returning. For me, Naoshima, Japan, is that place. It's an island devoted to art and architecture. Built by Tadao Ando, every structure seems part of the landscape, every vista part of the art. Thanks to good planning by our son and daughter-in-law, we were able to stay at Benesse House, one of the museums. I can’t even describe the magic of wandering out of our beautiful room with moonlit views of the sea to pad around the museum well after hours. In the morning, we wondered if we’d imagined it—breakfast confirmed that it was real.

Julianne Pachico, author of 'The Lucky Ones'

I was taken to Onomichi in Japan—it’s on the coast of the Hiroshima Prefecture, a place many Japanese tourists but not many foreigners visit. Onomichi has a long history of writers living there: They have this little walk called the Path of Literature, which is also famous for the cats who populate it. It’s very charming. My partner, who used to live in Japan, would take me to these great bars he used to go to where they still had his photo on the wall, and everyone who saw him would say, "You cut your hair!"

Tilly Bagshawe, best-selling author of the Sidney Sheldon series

I'm going to Japan in May for the first time for a family friend’s wedding, with all my children in tow. My 14-year-old son is obsessed with Japanese culture, from the Manga art to the gadgets to the sushi, so I'm most looking forward to his excitement and exploring somewhere new through a child’s eyes.

Seeking Palms and Pelicans

Caleb Followill, lead vocalist for Kings of Leon

I lost my heart in Palm Springs because that's where I met my wife. I lost my heart. And my wallet.

Helen Toomer, former director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair; co-founder of Stoneleaf Retreat

It's been a very busy few months of travel, living with artists upstate and having a baby, so to tell the truth—I'm exhausted! I'm sat here on a rainy day in England, where we're visiting my family for the holidays, dreaming of where we could go in the world, and I keep coming back to one place: Azulik. My hubby Eric and I visited Azulik in Tulum back in early 2016 before it was redeveloped and it was our little treehouse heaven. We sat in the tiled bath on the balcony overlooking the ocean, listening to the waves crashing and watching the pelicans flying by with a cocktail in hand. Cheesy and cliche—yes... but it was AMAZING. They've now remodeled and built a restaurant and spa higher up in the trees, as well as added new rooms and suites and I can't wait to visit. Writing this is also an oh-so-unsubtle hint to my husband to surprise his wife!

a sandy beach next to a body of water: Harbour Island in the Bahamas, with its iconic stretch of pink beach. © Getty Harbour Island in the Bahamas, with its iconic stretch of pink beach.

Get Me to a Beach, Stat

Harvey Keitel

I wouldn't say no to going back to the Maldives. I've been before. I remember once falling asleep on the beach and waking up lying next to Robert De Niro.

Margaret Dabbs, celebrity pedicurist

I have a week’s holiday planned in March to Sandy Lane Barbados. It's the only place I have ever been where I leave my work behind. I start the day with a great gym session, and follow it with the best breakfast ever and a pot of English tea. The place is just so understated, relaxing, and a real treat. I love paddleboarding, jet skiing, and lying out on a yacht with a chilled glass of champagne in hand. Life in Barbados is slow and divine, and I reckon it's pretty close to heaven.

Dan Harris, ABC anchor and author of 'Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics'

My wife and I have our 10th wedding anniversary coming up—and we're planning on returning to the scene of the crime: Harbour Island in the Bahamas. That’s where we had our small, magical wedding in 2009. It was the best weekend of our lives. The island has added significance for me because on a return visit, I had the clarity of mind to write my favorite chapter in my book, "10% Happier." It’s really an incredible place. Very few cars (most people use golf carts), and the sand is literally pink.

Adam Lippes, designer

I am excited to spend the first days of 2019 in Trancoso—one of my favorite spots in the state of Bahia, Brazil. It’s an incredible mix of beauty, kindness, and peace. Farther afield, I am planning to visit Korea and Japan this spring, two countries I’ve longed to explore.

a view of a snow covered mountain: Feel like dropping in on fresh powder? Try heliskiing in Bella Coola, British Columbia. © Getty Feel like dropping in on fresh powder? Try heliskiing in Bella Coola, British Columbia.

Go Far and Wild...

Samantha Brown, host of PBS's 'Places to Love'

My dream trip is go down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon on a traditional Dory boat—really feeling the thrill of the river and sleeping like a baby out under the stars. I did this trip before but on an inflatable raft and it was quite frankly the best trip I’ve ever had.

David Duncan, president and CEO of Silver Oak Winery

In 2019, I’m really excited to visit Bella Coola, British Columbia. It’s considered the best heliskiing in the world, and the powder is so amazing that they recommend stopping in Whistler for a few days to get your ski legs back before you go to Bella Coola. Activity-driven trips have always been a big thing in my family and it’s amazing to see that it's becoming a mainstream way of life. Simply adding the word “safari” to “ski safari” really takes thing up a notch.

Dennis Murphy, 'Dateline NBC' correspondent

I would like to do Yellowstone, with an expert lecturer/guide by my side. I’ve had tons of foreign travel over the years but the time has come to get to know my own country better. Wolves, bison, geysers? Works for me.

Hallie Jackson, NBC News Chief White House correspondent

Colorado wine country. We already know Napa, Mendoza, and Provence are wine country winners—but what about Grand Junction? Eastern Colorado has some great vineyards and winemakers and I’m planning to check it out next year. I booked an escape from the nation’s capital—a three-day, 100-mile bike ride from Grand Junction to Moab. To acclimate to the altitude before making the trek, we’ll spend a couple days beforehand checking out Colorado’s wine scene. I’ll be curious how it compares to other under-the-radar vineyards I’ve visited but I can’t imagine you can go wrong with red rocks and red wine.

Liz Ann Macgregor, director of MCA Australia, Sydney

My dream trip of 2019 is to the remote Indonesian island of Alor where Lazy Turtle Dive has just established a new dive business. Having dived in North Bali with expert critter spotter Andy Shingler, I am excited to see what his new location has to offer. Dugongs are on the not yet seen list!

Clodagh, interior designer

Bhutan is at the top of my 2019 travel list (the perfect place to go for my husband’s next birthday). I’ve always loved Asia, but I'm particularly fascinated by Bhutan’s ‘Gross National Happiness’ philosophy that permeates their life on both a spiritual and institutional level. Hiking the Tiger’s Nest is at the top of my list—so mythical and magical—but at the top of my list it may remain. I’ve heard it's one of the toughest hikes out there!

a herd of cattle grazing on a lush green hillside: Today's fun fact: Kirkjubøur was the cultural center of the Faroe Islands during medieval times. © Getty Today's fun fact: Kirkjubøur was the cultural center of the Faroe Islands during medieval times.

Bob Guccione Jr., media magnate

The Faroe Islands, finally! I mean plural, not just Torshavn, the capital—I want to explore the outlying islands, too. The Faroes are no longer exactly undiscovered, but they are still unspoiled, dramatic, unjaded. And I'm going to Michelin darling KOKS, truly the great restaurant at the edge of the world. It's in the middle of the mountains, of course.

John Elliott, fashion designer

I’m most excited to visit Santa Teresa, Costa Rica in 2019. After living in Los Angeles (where we don’t get much of it) I crave rain, especially in a tropical setting. With dirt roads and untouched rainforest, the purity of Costa Rica is really attractive to me. I haven't been in a while, but I'm hoping to make it there.

Lisa Sun, CEO of Project Gravitas

[I want to get to] Hangzhou, especially West Lake. I have factory partners in China, and one of them is from Hangzhou. She’s always telling me it’s the most beautiful place in the world—the closest you can get to heaven on earth. And from my factory in Shanghai, it’s less than an hour on a high-speed train. So I’m pretty excited about combining business and tourism on my trip next year, after the Chinese New Year holiday. Apparently, springtime is the best time to visit.

Ghizlan Guenez, founder of The Modist

My destination of choice would be Laki Inari in Finland—the northern part of Lapland in the north of the Arctic center. Specifically, I’d love to visit Wilderness Hotel Inari by the lake for an opportunity for aurora viewing. It’s not an everyday opportunity and the tranquility that this destination would offer would be incredible as it feels quite disconnected.

a group of people that are standing in the snow: We're all dying to see the emperor penguins of Antarctica. © Getty We're all dying to see the emperor penguins of Antarctica.

...Even to the Ends of the Earth

Karim Rashid, designer

I've wanted to visit Fogo Island Inn since it opened. Fogo Island is one of the four corners of the world. There's this beautiful building perched on stilts surrounded by a desolate subarctic landscape. I want to dive into that off-the-grid isolation for a week and see beavers, caribou, wildflowers, and dozens of edible berries in my native country of Canada.

Deborah Calmeyer, founder and CEO of Roar Africa

There is nowhere like Antarctica. I’ve never been and I’m dying to see it before it all melts away due to climate change. The fact that it's so easily accessible from Cape Town makes it a must-do: a five-hour flight by private jet into the interior of Antarctica instead of an arduous schlep by boat over rough seas. One can even fly there for lunch! I’m dying to see the emperor penguins and experience all the adrenaline-junkie activities like ice kiting!

Ben Porto, architect

It has always been a dream of mine to circumnavigate the globe. Although I imagined it would be on holiday, my work will take me all over the world in 2019. It’s a little insane, but this year will include the following itinerary: JFK->LAX->NRT->HKG->BKK->IST->MXP->CDG->JFK. Life imitates an evening of binge-watching Anthony Bordain’s Parts Unknown!

As told to Condé Nast Traveler and Traveller editors and contributors in the U.S. and U.K.

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