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Hayley Terris

Writer, producer, storyteller, and world traveler (nowadays, with my toddler in tow). I love researching, exploring, connecting with locals, and finding spectacular spots you can't read about in guidebooks. I cherish travel for the unexpected moments, the art, the people, the landscapes, the stories, and, duh, the food.

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"New Years Eve at the Silver Temple in Chiang Mai: I had spent the day learning meditation from and chatting with a young monk, then returned at night to see the various buildings of the temple grounds bound together by yards of string. Over a loud speaker, the resident monks chanted, their fingers looped around the string, which traveled out to the courtyards for the community to hold onto as they chanted along. At midnight, worshippers brought huge gift baskets of food and robes to the monks and I headed off into the old city’s streets with my husband to make wishes on rice paper laterns, which we send up to the sky. "

The desert near Merzouga
13 Days in Morocco - 3 Unique Itineraries

With nearly two weeks, Morocco is yours to discover. You can hit all the must-sees, and can do so at differing paces and with different draws. Below are three unique options for seeing the country: focus on leisurely guided tours of Morocco's imperial cities, or spend more of your trip immersed in the vast Sahara. Or, swap out your time in the desert for culture in the High Atlas mountains and the Atlantic coast.

Spices for sale in Marrakech
12 Days in Morocco - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

If you’ve got twelve days in Morocco, you’ll see a wide swath of the country—and you have a lot of flexibility when it comes to how to approach your adventure. Below you’ll find some inspiration as you think about what type of trip works best for you. Embark on a relaxed grand tour of Morocco's cities, adding time in the Sahara or the Atlantic coast — or both! There are also trip plans tailored to food and culture lovers, adventurers, travelers who enjoy guided exploration and those who prefer to see the sights solo at their own pace.

Jemaa el-Fna Square in Marrakech
11 Days in Morocco - 4 Unique Itineraries

Eleven days in Morocco allows you to visit many of the country’s biggest draws, from electric city centers to its famous landscapes—all depending on what interests you. You can focus on the Imperial cities, then retreat to the Sahara or the Atlantic coast, discovering Berber villages en route. Adventurous travelers can start in recently reinvigorated Tangier and drive south through mountains and ancient trade routes. Or, dive into tradition with a visit to a traditional hammam and an intimate meal shared with a local family in their home.

Ponta do Poiso waterfall on the north coast of the Madeira, Portugal
14 Days in Portugal - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Two weeks in Portugal gives you ample time to enjoy the highlights at a relaxed pace. Spend time in both Lisbon and Porto — complete with private guided tours and gorgeous day trips — while also adding time further afield, on the beaches of the Algarve or on an island like São Miguel in the Azores. Take a road trip, explore the Douro Valley, or tour the broader Iberian Peninsula by combining Portugal with neighboring Spain in one vacation. Read on for more unique itineraries.

Vibrant houses in Porto
10 Days in Portugal - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Spend ten days exploring all Portugal has to offer with these unique itineraries. If it’s your first time in the country, visit Lisbon, Porto, and the Western Algarve’s beaches. You can take a more relaxed approach to the country’s highlights or choose to add in a number of charming towns and sights as you work your way down the coast. Or, choose one specific area—like the Douro Valley—to see the country through the lens of regional culture, food, and wine.

Lagos, Portugal
7 Days in Portugal - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With a week in Portugal, you can see the highlights of Lisbon and Porto, or enjoy a deeper exploration of a specific region like the Algarve. You can also let your interests inform your trip: History buffs can enjoy private guided tours of palaces and pilgrimage sites, foodies can taste Douro Valley wines and take hands-on culinary workshops, and active travelers can enjoy day hikes to cliffs, forests, gardens, and mansions. Read on to get inspired by these unique trip plans for every type of traveler.