Curvy CEO’s Essental Summer Travel Tips
Today's entry was
inspired by this fantastic post
by friend of the blog
, Stania Romain aka Miss Sassy
, as well as my most recent travels to the U.S. Virgin Islands for FashionlinkVI Fashion Week
. Building on this trip, which was actually my second solo trip abroad, as well as my extensive travels for work, I am pleased to present my top tips for summer travel.
Now, this list was written under the assumption that you are traveling some place warm - like a caribbean isle or a trip down south for your family reunion. But, even if you're heading to the Southern Hemisphere, these tips will still help you to make the most of your summer vacation.
First and foremost, do your research! When you start planning your summer adventures, quite naturally you will hop on the Internet to scope out the different options for lodging, exclusions, etc. EVERY company will boast of the awesomeness of its food, decor, scenery, etc. But do not - I repeat, DO NOT - believe the hype. Before you book any reservations, be sure to check out the reviews from other travelers on sites like TripAdvisor, Hotels.comand so one. Also, ask your friends and acquaintances if they have ever lived or traveled to these sites or know someone who has...these folks will be able to tell you the *real* deal and help you find places that the travel guides will never mention. (And to be honest, you will want to get away from the tourist traps after a few days.)
You will sweat...a lot. Accept and embrace the fact that you. will. sweat. You just will. It's the summertime! And if you're traveling to the Caribbean, you can forget about it. Whenever I have traveled to the islands, I have found that it took me 30 minutes every morning just to adjust to the temperature outside my hotel room. Ultimately, though, the fact of sweat is a good thing. If nothing else, it will convince you to get over yourself and wear sleeveless tops and dresses as well as swimwear. In the tropics, comfort trumps self-consciousness every time...at least for me!
Do NOT bother with purchasing little trinkets. Skip the souvinirs (unless we are talking about fine jewelry - if you can afford, then by all means)! Unless you find something that is truly one of a kind, nothing you can buy at any of those little shops is really worth it. You would be better served saving your money for experiences as opposed to t-shirts, magnets, and other junk. Your pictures are the best momentos. And speaking of pictures....
Be prepared! Always carry an extra cell
pack for your phone or camera. You will be taking lots of pictures and don't want to miss out because you ran out of juice! Other emergency items to have on hand include Imodium, feminine products, aspirin, bug spray, sunblock and so on.
Leave your most valuable (fashion) treasures at home! I get it. I do. I, like you, have fantasies of preening around paradise outfitted like Beyonce, Kimora, or a Kardashian, complete with killer shades, fur bikinis, and the like. But, this is not the internet or E! Unlike these celebs, you do not have a team of folks tending to your every fashion whim, capturing each moment for Tumblr or Instagram. This is real life...and in real life, things get messy. So, please leave your Gucci shades and Marc Jacobs crossbody bag at home...unless you don't mind them getting covered in sea water and sand. Plus, I don't know about you, but I don't necessarily want to signal to any potential thieves that I am a prime target by rocking hundreds of dollars worth of accessories. Not worth it.
Be adventurous! You don't have to travel to the ends of the earth to try something new! Take a tour, try the local specialty dish or drink, do something you would never get to do except for in that part of the world. Go ziplining in the Amazon jungle! Take a helicopter tour around a volcano in Hawaii! Eat an authentic cheesesteak in Philly!
Grin and bear it. Inevitably, hiccups will happen along the way. You will get lost. Not every meal will be worthy of the Food Network. You might even get sick. (See the previous tip about preparing for emergencies!) Be ready to roll with the punches because ultimately the amount of enjoyment you experience on your trip is entirely up to you. So you can choose to view the not-so-pleasant parts of a trip as disaster-making OR you can simply laugh it off as part of the experience. Choose the latter and you will always have a good time!
One of my absolute FAVORITE summer travel products is Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard. Not only does it keep bugs away, it protects you from the sun as it has SPF 30. Two products in one? Yes, please!
There you have it! What are some of YOUR top summer travel tips?