Jomalig Island, Philippines
Why you need to go: Jomalig is what Boracay was 40 years ago, when it was still wild, undeveloped, and ideal for hermit living. It’s a serious adventure to get here, a five-hour boat ride on what’ll likely be a cargo vessel, but the outcome is worth it: golden sand beach and totally secluded crystal-blue waters.
The one must-do thing: Lie on Salibungot Beach, apply tanning oil.
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Barbara Woolsey is a journalist and TV host formerly based in Bangkok, now roaming around Europe out of Berlin. Learn more about her adventures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.