ERICE, Sicily – There was no way I was taking my parents on what was essentially a mythological mission to get our reproductive act together.
TRINIDAD – Instead of sounding like a cornball cruise ship outfit or bootleg Jimmy Buffet concert, it's like seeing Barry White and the Love Unlimited Orchestra bang out long, progressive pieces of complex music.
SEWARD, Alaska – It's gorgeous, it's swank, it's totally eco. Orca Island Cabins turn temporary indigenous lodgings into a secluded retreat on the Pacific.
BIG SUR, California – The luxury tree house at Post Ranch Inn blurs the lines between nature and modernity. For big kids only.
LA PAZ, Mexico – I knew it wouldn't attack me. Whale sharks eat plankton and algae, for goodness sake. But when a 15-foot anything is swimming towards you, and you're practically naked, it's freaky.
NANTUCKET – College kids head to Nobadeer and families with young ones prefer Children's Beach. No matter your mood, there's a place to lay your beach blanket.
CORSICA, France – Mallorca? Capri? Whatever. Go to Corsica! For blue waters, cute villages, crazy drivers, and delicious cookies. See what happens when Italy and France have a love child.
Heading to the island? We'll make it quick: a list of summertime classics not to be missed.
NEW ENGLAND – What I saw in Nantucket was a more manicured, sandier version of the wild beauty that is Martha's Vineyard — a bit like Edgartown, stretched across an island.
PORTO ERCOLE, Italy – My family and I recently spent a few languid days of sun, spa, and signature jumbo club sandwiches delivered poolside. Dolce vita indeed.