One of the quickest ways to sound like a travel noob, we've found, is mispronouncing the name of your next destination. We know this because, well, we're guilty of it. You know those tricky places like Reykjavik in Iceland, Qatar in the Middle East, and Oaxaca in Mexico? They all sound so amazing but it's not until you get halfway through telling your friends about them that you realize you have no idea how to actually say it, and it comes out like "mnsdfsfn". Good one.
Well, Oia, Greece (to save you the Google search, it's pronounced 'ee-uh') should be the next such destination on your list, as it takes the crown of absolute Mediterranean heaven. Situated on the island of Santorini, it's characterized by steep hills and narrow streets, lined with charming little white-clad buildings and blue-domed churches that overlook that dazzling sea. It's small enough to walk around the entire town, just like the cast of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants did when they shot not one, but two films here. A place this picturesque is no stranger to film crews though — the old fishing port just below set the opening scene in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. You know, when Angelina Jolie jetskis in like a total badass?
For those looking to learn a little something on their trip, there is the Maritime Museum, which has Aegean maritime life items, the vestiges of a Venetian fortress, as well as a small library. If that's not your thing, you can sub in some galleries instead, thanks to all the artists that have fallen in love with the landscape and views over the years. Speaking of those views, be prepared to have your mind blown. Oia is home to some of the most gorgeous sunsets to ever grace Instagram, especially if you can get one of the nearby volcano islands in the shot.
Next up, Eyjafjallajökull. Kidding, you can Google that one.