The setting may recall the family fortress in the Godfather: Part II, but the only thing criminal about the Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe—is having to check out.

In Tuscany, the pursuit of mens sana in corpore sano (a healthy mind in a healthy body) has been popular since the Etruscans first discovered the pleasures of communal bathing in the region’s many natural thermal spas.

According to alpine folklore here, good St. Nicholas rewards well-behaved children with presents while his demonic counterparts—called Krampus—punish miscreants.

For solitude seekers, the island’s Robinson Crusoe siren call is irresistible.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: A group of men in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, some of whom used to be poachers, now spearhead the Scorpions, an NGO-funded anti-poaching squad.