Need an excuse to pack your suitcase this season? We’ve got you covered with five excellent reasons to travel, from art and fashion in London to animals in South Africa — and dancing on a glacier in Iceland. Truly something for every adventurous spirit.
1 Stroll through the last 100 years of some of the world’s most iconic fashion at the National Portrait Gallery’s Vogue 100: A Century of Style exhibit in London. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of British Vogue, which launched during World War 1, the show features more than 280 pieces from the Condé Nast archives, including work from some of the most prolific fashion photographers such as Cecil Beaton, David Bailey and Mario Testino. Vogue 100: A Century of Style runs until May 22.
2 If you haven’t had your outdoor adventure fix this winter, get it while you can at the luxurious Whiteface Lodge in upstate New York. Available until April, the Winter Games Experience package lets guests test their mettle on the same runs and tracks the area’s Olympians trained on — including bobsled medallist Steve Holcomb, and Erin Hamlin, the first American woman to win an Olympic luge medal. This package includes ice-climbing, bobsledding, tubing, speed skating and downhill skiing, all in the region that hosted the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games.
3 Increasingly, runners are combining their love of travel with their passion for exercise by competing in marathons abroad, where landscapes can up the stakes. The Big Five marathon, this year on June 20, positions itself as “the wildest of them all” — set among South Africa’s Big Five game reserves, participants will literally be running through areas where African game, including elephants, rhino, buffalo, lions and leopards congregate. (If that’s not motivation to make it across the finish line, we don’t know what it is.)
4 It might be a country celebrated for its castles, but this year is Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, which celebrates buildings of all kinds, as well as other design heritage. From March 26 to April 10, the Edinburgh International Science Festival will examine the role technology and culture play in building communities, and in the early summer, 14 international cities will create pop-up design exhibits downtown.
5 The Secret Solstice Festival returns to Reykjavik for the third time. From June 17-19, revellers are invited to “party in the midnight sun,” and the festival features electronic, indie and folk music from Icelandic and international performers, including Radiohead and Axel Flóvent. Adventurous music lovers can indulge in The Glacier on June 18 and 19, where three parties, hosting 100 people each, will have lucky revellers dancing inside a glacier.