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8 Destinations Making Sure Your Future Grandkids Can Visit

Think of the greatest trip you’ve ever taken. Maybe it’s the one where you saw the sunrise that changed your life, or found a city that felt more like home than home. Travel bonds us to the world, and incredible experiences remind us it’s a world worth saving. These eight destinations are working in inspiring ways to do just that—making sure they’ll be around to dazzle future generations.

Think of the greatest trip you’ve ever taken. Maybe it’s the one where you saw the sunrise that changed your life, or found a city that felt more like home than home. Travel bonds us to the world, and incredible experiences remind us it’s a world worth saving. These eight destinations are working in inspiring ways to do just that—making sure they’ll be around to dazzle future generations.

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By Christine Sarkis

There's a 95 percent chance Senior Editor Christine Sarkis is thinking about travel right now. Follow her on Instagram @postcartography and Twitter @ChristineSarkis.

Christine Sarkis is an SATW-award-winning journalist and executive editor at SmarterTravel. Her stories have also appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her advice has been featured in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now. Her work has been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008. She is currently working on a travel memoir.

The Handy Item I Always Pack: The Trtl Pillow. It's easy to pack and comfortable, and makes it so I can actually sleep on flights.

Ultimate Bucket List Experience: Seeing the Aurora Borealis from the comfort of somewhere warm, like a glass igloo or hot spring.

Travel Motto: Curiosity is an amazing compass.

Aisle, Window, or Middle Seat: Aisle all the way.

Email Christine Sarkis at editor@smartertravel.com.

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