Spring and summer travel trends allow today’s globetrotter to escape to any number of secluded luxury destinations, where the incessant background noise of modern living is no longer present. Lifestyle trend consultant Karen Escalera told Constance Hotels and Resorts that silence is what people are really searching for. Whether you choose to unwind on the sugar-sand beaches of Turks and Caicos or to quietly roam the exalted beaches of Southeast Asia, bring these stylish travel accessories, and you’ll be living the life.
It Starts with the Bag
When choosing your handbag for any travel destination, there are a few necessary considerations: It needs to be durable, secure and functional yet still be fashionable. This season’s “to die for” handbag is also the perfect purse to take on your getaway. Coach makes beautiful luxury handbags for all seasons, including several structured and spacious carryalls that brilliantly include a turnlock to secure the zipper pull. Choose a style with a removable strap, so you can carry it crossbody and hands-free.
For men, consider a quality messenger bag that pares down the traditional briefcase to a more lightweight variety with modern design. Choose something with a wide strap and plenty of room for travel necessities and valuables.
Instead of giving constant attention to your smartphone or tablet during vacation (taking notes, snapping images and updating social statuses), look up and see the sunset with your own eyes. Enjoy life’s moments by living in them. Then, take pen to paper to describe the feeling. Kick back and relax at a roadside Costa Rican café and write in a new leather-bound travel journal by Modern Artisans.
To combat the unwelcome oil that likes to make an appearance on the nose and cheeks, pack blotting papers like these from Sephora. Another great idea: these Bliss energizing eye masks for a quick facial debrief after a long plane ride. This isn’t just advice for women, either; men can banish their tired eyes with these little gems as well.
Another item to bring along is a cashmere or satin travel sleep set that includes an eye mask, small pillow and blanket. Ideal for long plane or train rides.
Luxury beach vacations and private villas offer a more secluded serenity when escaping the demands of the digital age. A fashionable trend that is taking off right now are Hammamas Clever Cotton Towels, which are weaved like Turkish bath towels. Great for travel because of their versatility, they can be used as picnic throws, beach towels and baby wraps. They shrink down to next to nothing and dry fast.
For a truly luxurious layout session, bring along an uber-classy Missoni beach towel from Saks.
Fashionable travelers always consider style and function whether on a trip to Bora Bora or Berlin. This season is the perfect time to pack your bags and put your iPhone in a side pocket (only to use when necessary). Watch the world around you live and breathe.