As the temperature drops in the Northern Hemisphere, a certain flight impulse takes hold in travelers' hearts. So, to help facilitate your escape, we offer a dozen of the world's best island destinations—from tropical to temperate, and classic to unexpected.
If you’re entertaining thoughts of taking a year away from it all—try the Exumas. This Bahamian archipelago consists of 365 cays and islands, one for every day of the year. Sure, there’s not much in the way of variety, but that’s the point. This is a place in which to sit back and do nothing, except maybe try to count how many different shades of blue there are in the blend of ocean and sky; or attempt to distinguish between the murmuring of the waves and the breeze, rising occasionally to dabble your feet in the water; or climb aboard a rickety little boat and bob to the next cay over, where you’ll quickly immerse yourself in more of the same.