Since inspiration is the first step in any unforgettable journey, we've looked at recommendations from our community of travelers to find those far-flung cabins, huts, lodges, and tents where you can shack up far from the worries of the outside world.
How often do you check your email while ignoring the person next to you? How many of your dinners are spent watching TV, rather than conversing with your companion? How often are you on the phone multitasking when you realize you have no idea what the person is even talking about?
I'm a big believer that it takes a lot less money than you might imagine to slip and slide around the world, but what it definitely does take is time. So when you don't have a lot of time, you need a good dose of weekend adventure. Here's some fuel for your weekend fire.
The pearls of praise for the place called Cancún often sheen to dizzying effect. There is no refuting that this stretch of soft sand caressing the warm, clear waters of the Caribbean is the acreage of paradise, a dazzling tropical necklace that evokes powerful, even passionate imagery.
Sometimes we use travel too much as an escape, but what is it we are exactly trying to escape? Unfortunately, our lives, and from things we cannot change. However, it is important to have a good, happy place to come back to.
If there is something lonely and frightening in these images, there is also something dream-like and remembered -- something fed by our own fantasies -- the desire for freedom and safety, the desire to provide for oneself.
I suspect, though, that a lot of people go simply because it's beautifully designed, run, and people are nice to them. And, come on, isn't that how the whole world should be: well-designed, well-run, with people nice to each other?