Wishful Wednesday

Photos: 26 Places You Want to Be Right Now

It's the middle of the week and all we can think about is being somewhere, anywhere, besides the office. Here, a picture tour of where BT readers are in mind and spirit, if not in body.

By Budget Travel Staff, Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011, 4:00 PM

Source Article: Photos: 26 Places You Want to Be Right Now

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Each Wednesday we ask our Twitter followers where they would rather be. Your responses inspired us so much that we decided to compile a list. From Vieques, Puerto Rico (pictured) to Kerala, Indiahere's where you'd rather be.

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Vieques, Puerto Rico

@tweethemap would like to be sitting on a beach in Vieques, Puerto Rico. How about La Chata beach (pictured)?

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Cape Cod

Nobska Point Lighthouse, Woods Hole, Cape Cod. Learn how to road trip Cape Cod here.

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Cape Cod

The team @CapeCodMagazine want to be exactly where they areCape Cod! Wychmere Harbor, Harwich Port, Cape Cod.

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Scotland

@EatingPlaces wants to be in Scotland. We also like Dunnottar Castle, near Stonehaven.

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Edinburgh

A view of Edinburgh from Calton Hill, with Edinburgh Castle in the background. Explore this capital city, walk the historic Royal Mile and get lost in the National Museum galleries with this four-night travel deal.

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South Africa

@Tipsfortravelers wants go to South Africa to enjoy the safaris. If you also want to go to South Africa, try this editor-vetted deal where city life meets wildlife on a two-part adventure in Cape Town and Kruger National Park.

(Courtesy rstharaldson/myBudgetTravel)

South Africa

One of our followers, @Kmoorefield, is inspired by the most recent season of The Bachelor. Like Bachelor Brad, we also love the classic wine route in South Africa (pictured).

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Kerala

@marzbars wishes she was on a houseboat in Alleppey, a district in Kerala, India.

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Kerala

Above, taking a houseboat from Alleppey. If you'd rather be in northern India, try this nine night, small-group guided tour, from $1,390.

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St. Johns

@thumby001 wants to be on a beach in St. John with someone special. We think Trunk Bay, pictured, would be perfect.

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St. Johns

Well, Caneel Beach, also on St. John, isn't too shabby either.

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Fiji beach

Fiji is always a popular desination with our followers: both @TrvlPrincess and @MathTravel want to be there now.

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Fiji beach

The Coral Coast in Fiji. Check out this all-inclusive seven-night Fiji getaway if you'd rather be there.

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Tahiti

Tahiti is another perennial favorite. @theRobRussell wants to be somewhere warm in Tahiti. We like Moorea, Tahiti (pictured).

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Tahiti

Like @theRobRussell, @jzeman06 also wants to be in Tahiti. Why not pamper yourself on the South Pacific's white sand beaches with this air/5 night package to French Polynesia?

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Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a great vacation spot, any time of the year. Take the whole family for a long weekend with this travel deal: Lake Tahoe, 3 Nights, From $480!

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Lake Tahoe

Mount Rose trail in Lake Tahoe, where one follower, @kacatell, would rather be right now.

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Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena is a tropical city on the northern Carribbean coast of Colombia, where @tipsfortravelers would rather be.

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Cartagena, Colombia

Explore Cartegena, Bogotá, and Medellín with an editor-approved trip to Colombia: Colombia, Air/8 Nights, From $1,319!

(Courtesy Mario Carvajal/Flickr)

Quebec City

One follower, @babysammich, wants to be in Quebec City. Above, a street Scene from Port St. Jean in Quebec City.

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Quebec City

Saint-Charles River in the Saint-Sauveur in Quebec, Canada. At right, Scott Bridge.

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Lake Como

Villa Balbianello on Lake Como, near Bellagio, Italy.

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Lake Como

@Violetworld wants to be in Lake Como. We wouldn't mind being there either, perhaps with George Clooney?

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Molokai, Hawaii

One follower, @flightgeek, has a very specific vision of where he wants to be now: "I want to be back on my chaise lounge by the pool in Molokai, HI." Above, Molokai, Halawai Bay. Save up to $250 for this exclusive Hawaii deal for Budget Travel readers.

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Molokai, Hawaii

Molokai, Halawa Bay is beautiful. So is Waikiki, where you can spend three nights with this travel deal?

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Grand Canyon

@awwkitten is thinking of a horseback trip in the Grand Canyon. You can also tour this iconic destiantion by bike.

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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon.

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Puerto Plata

"Bring my office to the beaches of Puerto Plata, DR," says @empiricalco. Playa Dorada, above, in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

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Puerto Plata

To the top of Puerto Plata. The laid back beach town of Cabarete is also a good place to check out while in the Dominican Republic.

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Aruba

The team over at @HyattPR says: "A beach in Aruba sounds perfect!" We couldn't agree more. In fact, if you want to go for real it just so happens that we have an editor-vetted 7-night air/hotel deal to Aruba from $899 that's good until June—check it out: Aruba Real Deal.

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Aruba

This pretty pink building in Oranjestad, Aruba—a an example of Dutch architecture on the island—looks like a confectionary treat.

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Bali

From @globalqn: "I need a week in Bali." We're pretty obsessed with the island ourselves. If you book by March 26 you can take advantage of our Bali Real Deal, which provides air/5 nights from $1,299. Here are some of our favorite hotels on the island.

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Bali

A photo of a food stall in Bali.

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Bora Bora

@kevintliess longs for Bora Bora: "I wish I were chilling at the Bora Bora Nui Resort." After looking at photos like this one from BT reader "frogsaver," so do we! The destination also made our list, along with Bali, of 10 islands you need to see before you die.

(frogsaver/MyBudgettravel)

Bora Bora

Here's the hammock we wish we were swaying in right now.

(acpatel714/MyBudgettravel)

Buenos Aires

A handsome shot of the Avenida de Mayo in Buenos Aires. Doesn't it look a little bit like Paris?

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egypt

We just had to include this photo of the Pyramids of Giza from BT reader jellybean76. Not everyone is ready to head to Egypt in the wake of the protests, but some tour operators are organizing trips to the destination.

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egypt

Feluccas on the Nile River in Egypt—another great shot from a BT reader (shernandez00).

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Turkey

A beautiful perspective over Kusadasi from BT reader isangmahal. If you're planning a trip to Turkey, you might also want to explore our guide on where, what and how to eat in the country.

(isangmahal/myBudgetTravel)

London

@livilodge has a very specific wish: to be in Emirates Stadium in North London. We can't necessarily relate to the stadium part, but London is definitely a BT favorite (pictured: Piccadilly Circus). For a three-for-one vacation, check out this Real Deal to London, Paris, and Madrid (air/6 nights) from just $1,175.

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London

A lovely view of the Houses of Parliament in London.

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Machu PIcchu

@Serious_Beast is not only dreaming Machu Picchu—this person has a trip scheduled for July! We're jealous. One visit to this legendary mountaintop city and you'll realize why the Inca believed their gods lived high in the Andes.

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Machu Picchu

Stone stairs lead to what used to be a residential area in Machu Picchu.

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Machu Picchu

A view of a former plaza in Machu Picchu.

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Madgascar

A view of Ambatotsondrona, or "the leaning rock," in Marojejy National Park.

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Madagascar

A man surveys the park from his balcony in Camp Simpona in Marojejy National Park.

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Paraguay

@southerncross24 wants to be in Paraguay, South America. Here, a pristine natural scene at Crystal Falls in Yvyku'I National Park.

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Paraguay

A 19th-century cathedral in Asuncion, Paraguay.

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Paraguay

It's not unusual to encounter a traditional "carreta" in the streets of cities in Paraguay—here, a man drives through Coronel Oviedo City.

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Thailand

@1Dad1Kid had one word for us when we asked where he wanted to be: "Thailand." This BT reader photo of boats lined up along the beach at Ko Phi Phi has us daydreaming about the country too.

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Thailand

Here, an early morning view of the Wat Chai Wattanaram in Ayutthaya, Thailand.

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A beautiful, golden Buddhist Shrine at Wat Kham Chanot in Thailand.

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Aruba

Each Wednesday we ask our Twitter followers where they would rather be. In the past two weeks your responses inspired us so much that we decided to compile a list. From Aruba (pictured) to London—here's where you'd rather be.

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egypt

@Kymri is thinking of Egypt because of the "passion of the people amidst hope & change." Here, anti-Mubarak protestors celebrate Hosni Mubarak's resignation.

(Joel Carillet/Lightroom/Redux)

Turkey

Ancient ruins, like the Temple of Hadriasun (shown), are in Ephesus—a town that's only a 22-minute drive from Kusadasi.

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Kusadasi, Turkey

@TishyTravels is craving her favorite bakery in Kusadasi,#Turkey. Here, a beautiful shot of Die Vogelinsel island in the town.

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Buenos Aires

@MiddleSeatView is dreaming of Buenos Aires, a city we love for its elegant architecture (shown here is the Plaza del Congreso), old-world cafes and tango-dancing residents. If you're planning a trip, check out our snap guide to the city.

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Madagascar

@Redhunttravel has only one request: to be in Marojejy, Madagascar please! Here, a scene of the Marojejy mountains. (Keep your eyes peeled while you're here—the country is also known for some interesting animals).

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