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Where You Want To Go: San Franciscans' Most Coveted Travel Destinations

For an of-the-moment snapshot of what’s hot in travel, we turned to Pinterest to discover the destinations on San Francisco bucket lists. The tech gurus there gathered a list of the places we’ve pinned the most, and the data was telling: Copenhagen, Burma, Dublin, Iceland, and Mexico City are all spots balancing on the edge of change—each at a particular tipping point that appeals to global warriors. Then, we scoured Instagram for an authentic look at each locale. The resulting stories are firsthand accounts so palpable, you’ll want to book your ticket. When you do, we suggest you take the advice writ large and in lights on the wall of Pinterest’s SF headquarters: Ready, steady, GO.

Dublin on the Cusp of Greatness (Again)

Why do you return to Dublin so often?” people ask.

A few years ago, I won a playwriting prize that came with a nice check. I said to my wife, “Let’s take a trip.” I hadn’t been to Ireland since the 20th century, when I carried a Eurail Pass and backpack and stayed in a hostel for £2 a night and wandered the streets of what was then one of Europe’s poorest cities.

Ancient Myths Live On In Burma, the Land of Legends

A young man wearing a Britney Spears T-shirt tucked into a red longyi (wraparound skirt) poked at a tree with a 20-foot pole. I’d been in the dust of central Burma all day, traveling between ancient temples on a rickety bike, but this sight caught my interest.

“This owl—no good,” he explained in English. “It made my mom sick.”

In Mexico City, Things Are Hotter Than Ever

For some, Mexico City comes with a warning label. When I posted on Facebook that I was going, my sister emailed me an article about beheadings. A tennis pal cautioned me to take only radio-controlled taxis, to avoid the risk of being taken for a metaphorical (and literal) ride.

Copenhagen Earns Its Good-Looking, Good-Living Reputation

If you’re shopping for an inferiority complex, Copenhagen is a great place to start. Impossibly good-looking and enviably progressive, this Nordic “It” city can make the best of us feel as though we were troglodytes. Bicycles outnumber cars, locals swim in pristine downtown waterways, and renegade chefs go foraging in the forest.

Creativity Bubbles Up in Iceland, the Country of Ice and Fire

There’s a dignified building in the center of Reykjavík that’s painted in thick coats of brown varnish. Constructed in the 18th century, it’s the oldest wooden house in the capital, but it keeps its age a secret, just as it hides the ancient bones of the Viking hall buried under its cellar.

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