Oftentimes, planning a vacation — and the anticipation of it — is as much a part of the fun as actually taking the trip (well, almost). It's looking forward to downtime, unstructured days filled with opportunities to pamper yourself, and the ultimate hope of feeling rejuvenated at the end of a vacation that leads to daydreaming before even setting off.

But these days, a vacation can be so much more than just a trip to an exotic locale. That's why we've selected a handful of truly outstanding places to travel — that not only offer a space to “chill” but also support mental, physical, and spiritual well-being in other ways. Some offer local, organic dining, others yoga or meditation classes, or a chance to hike in a spectacular setting. And all of these destinations have made efforts not only to promote your health but also the health of the planet by reducing their carbon footprint.

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