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Our bucket list has been up­dated: here, four must-sees that are hav­ing a mo­ment.

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Our bucket list has been up­dated: here, four must- sees that are hav­ing a mo­ment

Chile

WHEN TO GO: Oc­to­ber-March

WHAT TO DO: Em­brace the mix of cli­mates and land­scapes with a trip to this lesser-in­sta­grammed South Amer­i­can hotspot. A land of ex­tremes, Chile is home to the dri­est place on earth – the Ata­cama Desert – and the south­ern snowy tips of Patag­o­nia. Watch a desert sun­set, or em­brace your in­trepid spirit with an at­tempt to glimpse the in­fa­mous Cuer­nos and Tor­res del Paine. Wan­der through the quaint dusty roads of San Pe­dro de Ata­cama, or visit the south­ern town of Fu­taleufu – known as one the pret­ti­est vil­lages in Chile.

Sin­ga­pore

WHEN TO GO: Jan­uary-May WHAT TO DO: An ori­en­tal feast for the senses, this is the per­fect spot for hon­ey­moon­ers who want a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing. Start with a chilled out tour of Sin­ga­pore Botanic Gar­dens, be­fore check­ing out master­pieces at the Na­tional Gallery. Get your his­tory hats on and ex­plore the ins and outs of Kam­pong Glam – home to a 191-year-old Sul­tan Mosque and Malay Her­itage Cen­tre, as well as quirky bou­tiques along Haji Lane. Fin­ish a day of re­tail ther­apy at Quay­side Isle; a lux­ury wa­ter­front ar­cade away from the crazy bus­tle of the city.

Ja­pan

WHEN TO GO: March-May

WHAT TO DO: An in­cred­i­ble jux­ta­po­si­tion of dense cities, lit­er­ally thou­sands of shrines and tem­ples, awein­spir­ing im­pe­rial palaces and moun­tain­ous na­tional parks, this is­land na­tion in the Pa­cific Ocean is an un­for­get­table des­ti­na­tion for cou­ples. Ride the Shinkansen bul­let trains to con­nect to the main is­lands of Kyushu (get your laid-back fix at Ok­i­nawa’s sub­trop­i­cal beaches), Hon­shu (home to Tokyo and Hiroshima’s atom­icbomb me­mo­rial) and Hokkaido (a ski bunny’s de­light). Other must-dos in­clude climb­ing Mt Fuji, and hav­ing a Lost in Trans­la­tion mo­ment in Tokyo; home to end­less sky­scrapers, in­cred­i­ble shop­ping and iconic pop cul­ture.

New Orleans

WHEN TO GO: Fe­bru­ary-May WHAT TO DO: Sit­ting on the Mis­sis­sippi River, New Orleans is known as the ‘Big Easy’ – a sym­bol of its never-go-to-sleep night life, amaz­ing live mu­sic scene and spicy cui­sine. Soak up a mix of French, African and Amer­i­can cul­tures as you fill your trip with eclec­tic ex­pe­ri­ences; take in a back­yard cray­fish boil, ride a street­car, go on a clas­sic cock­tail hop and eat the city’s sta­ples with New Orleans Cre­ole and Ca­jun cui­sine. If you don’t mind crowds, travel to New Orleans for Mardi Gras – the latewin­ter car­ni­val that’s all about out­ra­geous cos­tumed pa­rades and pump­ing street par­ties.

Ruby top, $ 99 Ruby shorts, $149 Seed neck­lace, $ 35 Seed ear­rings, $18 Kathryn Wil­son slides, $ 299 Seed cap, $ 35 Karen Walker Jew­ellery ear­rings, $ 829 Witch­ery top, $140 Kow­tow shirt dress, $ 99 Karen Walker sun­glasses, $ 349

Seed hat, $ 70

Ruby ear­rings, $ 35

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