CAT ISLAND, BAHAMAS Part of the Bahamas' Out Islands chain, this tiny low-key island (at just 150 square miles) is only a half-hour flight from Nassau. You won't find the typical Caribbean and Bahamian tourist crowd here. Instead, the beaches are pristine and empty, and the hotel options are of the rustic and cottage variety. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the world-class diving (plenty of coves and sharks to track) and hiking trails that crisscross the island.
Here's the brutal truth: Americans leave literally hundreds of millions of vacation days on the table every year. That's hundreds of millions of days working that could have otherwise been used getting hopelessly sunburned on the white sands of Hawaii or jumping from cliffs into the turquoise Mediterranean.