Vacations are a time to rest, relax and recuperate from a wide variety of stressors, such as the basic grind or daily office work, a year full of particularly stressful life events or even for couples to reconnect and take a break from 24/7 parenting. Like all areas of life, however, vacations can be an area where we fall into ruts and go places we are already familiar with. The world is full of some spectacular and amazing destination you may never have even heard of. This year, why not combine rest and relaxation with some good old fashioned adventure and travel someplace new. Here are 4 great vacation destinations to think about when planning your vacation this year.

1. Lake Powell, Arizona

Contrary to it’s name, Lake Powell is essentially just a large canyon carved by the Colorado River. This means that even though the water appears still, it is actually moving, which is also cleaning the water. This creates crystal, clear blue transparent water reminiscent of some of the most spectacular beach locales. Located in the US, Lake Powell is within easy driving distance of the Grand Canyon or the spectacular red canyons of Moab, UT. There are a number of ways to enjoy Lake Powell, ranging from luxury houseboat rentals to jet skis. If you are someone who likes vacationing with 30 or more of your closest friends or have large family get togethers vacationing on Lake Powell is a great way to do it.

2. Antigua

If your tastes run more to luxurious tropical locales, Antiqua is a beautiful place to vacation. Antigua rentals long term or short terms stays are as plentiful as its powdery soft beaches are. Antiqua also boasts a number of spectacular coral reefs that lure in snorkelers and scuba diving enthusiasts from all over the world. The nearby tiny isle of Barbuda is also home to a significant bird sanctuary. Whether you just want to lounge on the beach soaking in some sun or explore nature’s bounty, there is something for everyone in the tropical paradise of Antigua.

3. Huacachina, Peru

For the truly adventurous, a trip to this minuscule jewel built right into the deserts of Peru will be a once-in-a-lifetime and truly unforgettable experience. While in Huacachina, you can take a thrilling ride in a dune buggy or participate in the rising sport of sandboarding. Accommodations in Huacachina itself are sparse and rather poor, with few amenities, so for more luxury accommodations with better amenities, you may want to stay in nearby Paracas and just take a day trip to Huacachina.

4. Patagonia, Chile

For those that looking to take in a spectacular natural sight while on vacation, Patagonia, Chile offers just such an opportunity. The marble caves located within the stunning turquoise waters of the turquoise waters of the Carrera Lake that extends between Buenos Aires and Chile. While the lake itself is technically considered part of Buenos Aires, the caves are only accessible from the part of the lake that extends into Chile. While in Patagonia, you can also enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities ranging from hiking and mountain biking to kite sailing and other water sports.