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Predictability can be such a bore. In anticipation of winter and spring breaks, I spoke to U.S. News + World Report about some of my favorite off-the-beaten-track destinations that are both fun and culturally enriching. Here are my picks as well as their slideshow Norwegian Adventure Cruise with Hurtigruten From Bergen through Sweden  to the Arctic Circle. Days feature outings to isolated beaches with wildlife, kayaking amongst the fjords and icebergs and Viking history. A Young Explorer’s...

Niseko, Japan in the summerPhoto: Courtesy of Zaborin Adventurous travelers are bound by a common goal: to sniff out compelling destinations before they top everyone’s hot list. If you are the type who enjoys the road less traveled—say, cycling through pristine farmland and forests, often without encountering a soul; being the lone American at achingly chic boutique hotels; or uncovering tucked-away eateries with seafood, wagyu, and tempura so otherworldly that Nobu seems ho-hum in comparison—then head...

Japan during the summer months is hot. Brutally hot. That's one of the reasons we decided to visit Niseko in the  northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. The other reasons? Recreation and food. Many know Niseko for its super powdery snow, a gift from cold fronts from Siberia.  Like Aspen, Vail or Park City, this ski resort is also an excellent summer destination. [video width="272" height="480" mp4="http://amytarakoch.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/atk-japan-2017.mp4"][/video]   During our visit, it was 15 degrees cooler than Tokyo and Kyoto and far...