London, England: "My mother was the daughter of an Air Force colonel, so she grew up all over the world—Panama; Rabat; Delaware, Ohio—speaks four languages, and can fit in just about anywhere. So it still amazes me that she's never been to London. This year, I'm taking her for her 75th birthday, and as I plan it, I realize it's the perfect trip for anyone stationed on the East Coast."—Corina Quinn, digital travel editor
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: As the Netherlands' second-largest city, Rotterdam will be seeing several new openings next year, including the Museum Rotterdam inside the Koolhaas-designed Timmerhuis building, and Eurostar services between London and Amsterdam that will make commuting even easier.