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Be inspired by these seven readers that booked Real Deals trips to dreamy destinations.

  1. Reader Nancy Miller had a perfect girlfriend getaway to Costa Rica with Capricorn Leisure that included time in Arenal.

    (Tony Northrup / Dreamstime.com)
  2. Don't miss the natural wonders of Costa Rica's scenic Manuel Antonio National Park.

    (Angela Coldwell / Dreamstime.com)
  3. Costa Rica's Monteverde Cloud Forest is about 4,662 feet above sea level and is home to more than 400 species of birds and more than 2,500 types of plants.

    (Scott Griessel / Dreamstime.com)
  4. Fran and Bill Howard started their seven-city trip to Turkey with Foreign Independent Tours in Istanbul—and were surprised to find out that they were the only people on the tour.

    (Annminina / Dreamstime.com)
  5. The cave buildings of Cappadocia should be on any Turkey itinerary.

    (Lukasz Frackowiak / Dreamstime.com)
  6. The Turkish city of Ankara was the center of trade for the country and has many archeological sites.

    (Mesut Doğan / Dreamstime.com)
  7. The Turkish resort town of Kusadasi sits on the Aegean coast.

    (Tony Moran / Dreamstime.com)
  8. For reader Rosemary Lyford and her husband, the highlight of traveling to Switzerland with Untours was the expert advice they got from local contacts. 

    (Victor Pelaez Torres / Dreamstime.com)
  9. Switzerland's picturesque city of Zurich is a cultural center with many museums and theaters.

    (John Wollwerth / Dreamstime.com)
  10. The small lakeside town of Thun, Switzerland, packs a lot of charm into just eight square miles.

    (Sergiyn / Dreamstime.com)
  11. Thun's Oberhofen Castle used to belong to the Habsburgs and now houses a museum.

    (Swisshippo / Dreamstime.com)
  12. Reader Sheldon Roth found that the service at Peru's Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica, booked through Escapes Unlimited, went above and beyond.

    (Courtesy Inkaterra)
  13. By far, Peru's most iconic location is the ruins of Machu Picchu, which is why they are included on many itineraries to the country.

    (Agap13 / Dreamstime.com)
  14. Peru isn't all nature—the city of Lima also holds lots of must-see sites.

    (Juan Jose Gabaldon Alarcon / Dreamstime.com)
  15. A knowledgeable guide saved the day for Marvin and Felyce Thomas, who were able to get up close to the wildlife in Borneo, Malaysia thanks to Sayang Holidays.

    (Attila Jandi / Dreamstime.com)
  16. Trips to Borneo also typically include time in the city of Kuching.

    (Ravindran John Smith / Dreamstime.com)
  17. You must pass rice fields and pepper plantations before catching the ferry to Borneo's Batang Ai Longhouse Resort.

    (Courtesy Hilton Resorts)
  18. While on a trip to Cambodia and the stunning Angkor Wat, reader Sandy Snowe was surprised by the personal touches by the staff of Journeys Within.

    (Dan Wallace / Dreamstime.com)
  19. While in Siem Reap, you can explore the city with your guide by car—or by bike.

    (Courtesy Jensre/Wikimedia Commons)
  20. For New York-based reader Ben Sevier, traveling to Chilean Patagonia with Knowmad Adventures was all about a change of pace from life in Manhattan.

    (Marcelo Vildósola Garrigó / Dreamstime.com)
  21. The coastal town of Puerto Montt in southern Chile is surrounded by natural wonders.

    (Marcelo Vildósola Garrigó / Dreamstime.com)
  22. The beaches of Puerto Varas, Chile, line Lago Llanquihue.

    (Alexandre Fagundes De Fagundes / Dreamstime.com)

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