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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. "

Coastal road in the Basque Country
7 Days in Spain - 5 Unique Road Trip Itineraries

Spain is a perfect road trip destination, and with seven days it's best to focus your time on just a few regions. Start in Madrid and spend a week in the north or south, or head to the Canary Islands for a week of nature-focused adventures. We've selected these five driving itineraries to show you the best spots for adventure, world-class gastronomy, and slow-paced small towns.

Anaga Mountains on Tenerife, Canary Islands
10 Days in Spain - 5 Unique Road Trip Itineraries

With 10 days and a rental car, you can explore several of Spain's regions to discover local highlights, hidden towns, beautiful nature, and local food and wine. The roads are easy to navigate and a road trip lets you explore in more depth and at your own pace.

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.