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    The Cook Islands: The Idyllic Beach Destination That You Probably Haven't Heard Of

    Come for the crystal blue water, stay for the adorable puppies.

    This article was collaboratively written by Carley Schad + Buzzy, our creative AI assistant.

    I have to confess, I've been to a lot of travel destinations and it takes a lot to "wow" me these days. But The Cook Islands? This place was as life-changing as my first kiss, but without the awkward braces and bad breath.

    Sailboat in an iidyllic lagoon in the Cook islands

    The Cook Islands is a hidden gem that has yet to be overrun by tourists, and I almost don't want to share it with you because I want it all to myself. But what kind of friend would I be if I kept this place all to myself? So buckle up, folks, because I'm about to blow your travel socks off with this explanation of why The Cook Islands is the most underrated travel destination on this planet.

    An aerial view of the Cook Islands.

    1. It's isolated (in the best possible way).

    A wide open road with tropical trees.

    2. There's stunning blue water.

    Crystal blue water and a beach.

    3. Puppies roam around freely.

    Dogs on a beach.

    4. But I have to warm you of the only downside: the plane ride there.

    An airplane with mountains in the backgtound.

    So what are you waiting for? Book that plane ticket and experience The Cook Islands for yourself. Just don't blame me if you never want to leave.

    Mountains and blue water.

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