Tel Aviv, Israel
Some of the world's best ingredients, in a modernist Mediterranean beach town
Why you should go: Beaches, Bauhaus, and Big Breakfasts -- the four B's every vacation must have. Tel Aviv does all of these very well. Start your day with an Israeli breakfast -- dozens of small plates ranging from local cheeses, salads, and fresh breads, to pastries, muesli, and natural jams, all refilled as you finish them, with a fresh juice and coffee on the side. Afterwards, wander the nearby streets for an architectural tour of "the white city," and see some of Tel Aviv's 4,000-plus bauhaus modernist buildings, which help make the city a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once you've had enough modernism for one day, go for a swim in the warm waters of the Mediterranean, work on that "I went on holiday" tan to impress your co-workers back home, or join a game of the local favorite, Matkot (a hybrid of ping pong and volleyball), with a group of chiseled, Speedo-wearing dudes.