VACATION IDEAS

26 Vacations of a Lifetime

Have you taken that one perfect trip, the one that was just so epic you can't stop talking about it? We put this question out there, and the answers were inspiring. Here are 26 amazing vacations that will have you booking a plane ticket—today.

  1. "My husband and I went to South America for three months. We traveled to amazing places—Machu Picchu, Rio de Janiero, Perito Moreno Glacier, and many more—and did it February thru April so we skipped winter in the northern hemisphere. Incredible." —Kelsey Leigh Williams

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  2. "Three years ago, my (now) husband and I went to France and he proposed to me at the Arc de Triomphe. We'd known each other for 20 years. It was our first trip to Paris and it was perfect in every way." —Cyndi Weinmann Bauman

    (Courtesy newyorkgirl/myBudgetTravel)
  3. "My daughter and I spent two weeks in Uganda, which was incredible. Trekking gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park was the most physically challenging and rewarding experience of my life. Uganda is beautiful and the people are the friendliest, hardest working people I've encountered anywhere in the world." —Debbie Brader Travis

    (Courtesy By Conservation Concepts/Flickr)
  4. "My husband, almost-two-year-old daughter, and I rode our bikes all the way across Missouri's Katy Trail. It was a 235-mile trip, and we stayed in B&Bs along the way. It was great—the best trip imaginable for a family with a toddler." —Jessica Hammond

    (Courtesy ken ratcliff/Flickr)
  5. "Just returned from an amazing 10 nights in Dubai. Every day was filled with an adventure and great food. We visited all seven Emirates and Oman. My 15-year-old son planned the entire trip for my 50th birthday and every day was a surprise to me!" —Carl J. Woodin

    (Courtesy Parksfamily/myBudgetTravel)
  6. "Spain with our two tweenagers: Madrid, Toledo, Sevilla, Malaga, Nerja, Barcelona. History, culture, fútbol, and food wrapped up in one spectacular country." —Julie Calimquim Hatch

    (Courtesy Olney20866/myBudgetTravel)
  7. "Puerto Rico hands down. Fortaleza square was a hidden gem. El Yunque was absolutely breathtaking. Everyone was so incredibly friendly and eager to help. We just absolutely fell in love with the whole island." —Carolyn Marsh

    (Courtesy jeffgunn/Flickr)
  8. "Our 10-day Maine road trip in is hands down the best vacation I've ever been on. We cycled (a lot), kayaked (a lot), ate lobster (at least once a day), drank local beer (at least once a day), read books (a few), took naps (a lot) and explored Maine's tiny coastal towns." —Christina Tuff Saull

    (Courtesy cmiller29/myBudgetTravel)
  9. "A winter in Yellowstone National Park with our kids. One of our best trips ever." —Carol Biederman

    (Courtesy leserks/myBudgetTravel)
  10. "I spent nearly three weeks in Ireland's County Donegal with my best friend and we absolutely loved it! We booked it entirely on-line, rented an Irish cottage, got a rental car and drove close to 1000 miles. Two middle aged women who had never been anywhere on their own. No husbands or kids!" —Dawn Jeffery

    (Courtesy spasmolytic22/myBudgetTravel)
  11. "Iran. It's nothing like what you think. Wonderful people, amazing sites!" —Jade Padgett

    (Courtesy irtouring /myBudgetTravel)
  12. "I flew to California with my husband and 12-year-old son and did a two-week road trip that took us from San Francisco to the Grand Canyon. It was the most amazing trip to be able to share with my family and we experienced so many great things all here in the U.S." —Tracy Wright Zimmer

    (Courtesy John Vetterli/Flickr)
  13. "The Galapagos Islands. It is an amazing place in which you feel more bonded with nature. Definitely the only time a four-foot shark has touched me and I didn't care. Not to mention swimming with cave-sized sting rays, penguins and playing hide and seek with a sea lion." —Chelsea Laurene Montgomery

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  14. "I took a solo trip to Bali several years ago. The people there were so kind and welcoming, and spending Christmas morning hiking to the top of a volcano was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. Traveling there by myself with no itinerary was so freeing and I really grew as a person." —Carrie Collins

    (Courtesy PegAllison/myBudgetTravel)
  15. "My husband and I took a Mediterranean cruise last year for our 10th anniversary. Mykonos was absolutely beautiful and I would love to go back. We rented a four-wheeler to cruise around the island and got so lost we almost missed the ship when it sailed out!" —Patty Gabriel

    (Courtesy marmat1711/myBudgetTravel)
  16. "My husband and I went behind the Iron Curtain. We saw a Russian ballet, Peter the Great's tomb, an island where structures were built with no nails, Red Square, the Kremlin, and so much more! The food was great, people were friendly, and we learned so much about Russian history." —Stephanie Norby

    (Courtesy joe8211943/myBudgetTravel)
  17. "A 10-day Safari in Kenya. I learned so much about the culture of the Massai Warriors and saw Mt. Kilimanjaro on an early drive through the bush. This is the most memorable vacation for me so far. You need to go!" —Gail Adams-Arnold

    (Courtesy dawsoncm/myBudgetTravel)
  18. "We went to Morocco and stayed with a local family in Rabat. It was awe-inspiring." —@Excruiseitaly

    (Courtesy Hicham M. HAMDAOUI/Flickr)
  19. "A 21-day safari through South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. Flipping our raft on class five Zambezi River rapids was an intense rush, petting lions was awe-inspiring, and I loved plodding through the bush on elephant back." —Meridien Peterson

    (Courtesy HBarrison/Flickr)
  20. "Costa Rica. We stayed in a tree house in the rainforest, had daily visits from monkeys, visited an incredible wildlife sanctuary, had remote beaches all to ourselves, and went zip lining in La Fortuna. Oh, and did I mention the food?" —Darcy Hartman

    (Courtesy EdwardBell/myBudgetTravel)
  21. "Aruba with my boyfriend—skydiving, horseback riding, snorkeling, jeep-ing it through the treacherous Arikok National Park to find the most beautiful swimming pool. It was pretty much the trip of a lifetime." —Emily Kihn

    (Courtesy eppyvox/myBudgetTravel)
  22. "A three week trip to Australia and New Zealand. We flew on miles and paid for many of our hotels on miles and rewards. The best nights were on Green Island." —Kate Hedstrom O'Toole

    (Courtesy Gwydion M. Williams/Flickr)
  23. "Croatia last year for my big 5-0! The people are so warm and welcoming and appreciate life, which is understandable after all they have been through with their civil wars. And they love to tell their stories of survival and loss...just a wonderful beautiful country!" —Tina Oliver Caparella

    (Courtesy Buqo/myBudgetTravel)
  24. "My most memorable vacation was a 12-day cruise for my 40th birthday out of San Francisco. Sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge and seeing Alcatraz was pretty cool. We had stops at Catalina Island, San Diego, Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo. Loved it!" —Denise Marasco

    (Courtesy HBarrison/Flickr)
  25. "My family took trains all over Italy last May—we started in Venice and went to Lake Como, Levanto, the Cinque Terre, Florence, Pisa, and Rome. Two weeks just weren't long enough and we're ready to go back!" —@willwrite4food2

    (Courtesy Kaeli Conforti)
  26. "Road trip from that took me from Madrid to Toledo to Lisbon, and then along the coast all the way to Barcelona, and back to Madrid." —Kevin Hackett

    (Courtesy Rentz/myBudgetTravel)

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