This yr, T traversed not solely nice distances, but additionally spans of time, visiting lands that gave start to a few of the world’s most historical cultures, from Morocco’s Draa Valley, as soon as dominated by Berber kings, to Ithaca, Greece, mentioned to be the much-longed-for homeland of Odysseus. Like him, one author managed to search out his means again there, whereas one other spent his days swimming within the turquoise waters surrounding the craggy shoreline of Milos. Others, too, discovered magnificence and solace on islands, together with the country and distant Aland Islands of Finland, the place one is as more likely to occur upon seabirds and grazing horses as different folks. Then there are these locations, like Tirana, Albania — which is poised to develop into Europe’s subsequent haven for inventive expats — which can be interesting exactly as a result of they’re proper within the thick of issues. Here are essentially the most enchanting locations T visited this yr.