Whether you dream of being pampered at a resort or prefer to rough it out like Tom Hanks and his volleyball, here are 12 private islands to imagine the perfect self-isolation.
If you look out the window and see snow falling as you shuffle from your kitchen to your couch, take a second, close your eyes, and imagine yourself on a private island. You’re still following the rules of self-isolation, but this time you’re surrounded by gentle water, soft white sands, and trees with fruit ripe for the picking. Your days are spent in hammocks, and the next humans are at least an island over, much further than six feet away. Being on a private island would be so great right now. Don’t despair: While we can no longer jump on a plane to get to these paradises, there’s comfort in knowing they still exist. And when travel is an option again, keep in mind that some are less expensive than you might think (and even come with private boats). But for the time being, shuffle back to that kitchen, make yourself a Mai Tai, and take in some eye candy featuring islands from Norway all the way to the Philippines.
It’s like a timeshare presentation that you and your family can never leave.
There are a thousand facets of a country’s culture that tell you about the values and beliefs of its citizens—like food, music, literature, and cults that reshape your brain and consume your life. The United States has a long and troubled history with Alternative Religions (especially California, where you are legally mandated to start your own cult or they take away your weed card), but it hardly invented the idea of devoting your entire life to a really intense book club. Here are some of the weirdest and most intense cults from around the globe.
Ecuador’s famous archipelago isn’t the only place where you can experience unique wildlife and gorgeous beaches.
Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands are one of the world’s great wonders: an island archipelago teeming with distinct wildlife, unusual flora, and pristine beaches that are home to lazing sea lions and iguanas in shades of red, black, and green. But there are plenty of other islands that remain under-the-radar and less famous, but are also extremely biodiverse and remote. Check out these 10 unique spots.
This is what 10,000 years of human ingenuity looks like.
Even the best historians can’t make history come alive quite like the experience of standing before a historical site in person. Knowing your footprints might be aligning with those of ancient cultures has a way of putting things in perspective that no textbook could ever convey. From the scent of the wet earth after a New Mexican summer storm in ancient pueblo to the feel of the cold limestone walls that line the interior of Egypt’s oldest pyramid, these man-made structures have stood the test of time and are still worth visiting today.