It’s a huge attraction for artists, and many throw open the doors of their studios to visitors

If you really want to get away from it all, choose a destination that still embraces a quieter time 

Yazd, Iran

The “City of Windcatchers” is a sight to behold. With a backdrop of pink mountains and golden sand dunes, the UNESCO World Heritage Site made entirely from mudbrick is a must visit. Stop by the Amir Chaghmagh Complex, which features a mosque, a caravanserai, bathhouse, cold water well and confectionery. Then take a walk through the alleyways filled with tea shops and bazaars. As Yazd is renowned for its silk and carpets, you are sure to also find the perfect souvenir.


Trinidad, Cuba

If there is one place on earth that has embraced the slow life, it’s Trinidad. Spy lone men sitting in doorways strumming their guitars, old guys sat in the town squares chatting as they puff on cigars, and women yelling to their friends across the cobblestone streets. Only two squares in the entire city have Wi-Fi access and that’s how they seem keen for it to stay. No surprise that it’s a huge attraction for artists, and many throw open the doors of their studios to visitors. Discover this meticulously preserved colonial city yourself. 


Luang Prabang, Laos

Fifty-eight villages joined together to create Luang Prabang, the capital of Laos. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is rich in culture and architecture. Each morning, hundreds of monks walk through the streets to collect alms. Visitors can take part in this spiritual experience by placing rice in the monks’ bowls when they pass by. A ride down the Mekong River is also a must-do while you’re there.


Hoi An, Vietnam

You are sure to fall in love with this ancient town that is filled with canals. Chinese shophouses and French colonial buildings line the waterways. Take a walk through the Old Town and enjoy drinks on a veranda as you look out over the Japanese covered bridge. If you’re feeling energetic, you can even learn how to row one of the famed basket boats along the river.

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