30 Trips to Book a Year in Advance; Bridget Hallinan; Conde Nast Traveler

Viet Nam – Ha Long Bay

A SAFARI THROUGH BOTSWANA

If ten days on safari sounds like your ideal vacation, head for Botswana to camp near the wildlife (the best time to visit is from May to September). Don’t miss the Central Kalahari Game Reserve—offering “some of the best summer wildlife viewing in Africa”—and be sure, too, to visit the Makgadikgadi Pass, where some 30,000 wildebeest and zebras pass through during the Great Migration. Spend time with a “colony of habituated meerkats” while you’re there, and, upon your arrival at the Okavango Delta, make the most of the diverse environment, which you can explore via game drive, bush walk and canoe.

TRAVELING CROATIA’S COAST

Croatia’s undeniably beautiful coast and rich history makes for idyllic vacations. Stop by the capital, Zagreb, where you’ll see baroque architecture and the fortified old city before moving on to Plitvice Lakes National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage site home to 16 lakes and waterfall after waterfall. Then, head to Split, an ancient port city, for gorgeous views of the Adriatic.

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