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Been There, Do This: Idyllwild, California

Been There, Do This: Idyllwild, California

Having lived in Southern California all my life and having managed to find many excuses (birthdays, weekend getaways, ladies’ trips and the like) to visit Palm Springs, I can practically navigate the short road trip out to the desert oasis blindfolded.

Been There, Do This: Gustapizza in Florence

Been There, Do This: Gustapizza in Florence

Like with gelato, claiming that the best pizza in Florence can be found within your doors is a bold statement. But there’s no denying that the ooey-gooey deliciousness of Gustapizza draws many patrons — regulars and first-timers alike — who rave that the beloved local joint has earned such an impressive title.

Been There, Do This: Fridheimar Farm in Southern Iceland

Been There, Do This: Fridheimar Farm in Southern Iceland

Bellies rumbling, we turned off the frosty road in search of something that could warm us from the inside out. The next stop on the roughly 190-mile Golden Circle — southern Iceland’s famed tourist route that includes Thingvellir National Park, Strokkur geyser, Gulfoss waterfall and Geysir hot springs — would have to wait.

Been There, Do This: Blue Temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand

Been There, Do This: Blue Temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand

As a deeply spiritual nation, Thailand has no shortage of Buddhist temples. During my weeklong trip in the country, each temple proved more extravagant in design than the next. But the eye-catching beauty of these temples doesn’t come at the cost of humility.

Been There, Do This: The Now in Santa Monica, California

Been There, Do This: The Now in Santa Monica, California

Minimal decor, natural surfaces and tones, curated crystals and treatment rooms redolent of breezy cabanas — these are just a few items that make The Now in Santa Monica, Calif., less like your average spa and more like the idyllic haven you’ve been dreaming of.