Where the hell is it exactly?: The western Pacific Ocean -- 1,548 mi east of the Philippines
Why you should go: The entire southern tip of the island's peppered with scenic overlooks and waterfalls, but the island itself is small enough that you can see everything in a day. Oh, and the temps here never dip below 75, so there's that.
How it feels a little like home: Here you'll find the world's largest Kmart. No joke -- bring mom home a Kathy Ireland knit as an authentic souvenir.
Gianni Jaccoma is an editorial assistant for Thrillist's Travel vertical, and is fluent in more than seven languages that he made up himself. Follow him on Twitter at @gjaccoma.
This article was originally published on 1/9/14