Take a look at my top tips on tried-and-tested spring and summer travel essentials. I have chosen a selection from the hottest brands in travel for comfort, practicality and style. These also make perfect gifts for anyone headed off on a sunshine escape!
CHLOÉ: ROSIE HEART SUNGLASSES: I love these heart-shaped sunnies! They come in pink and blue and are both stylish and practical. They are 100% UVA & UVB protected which is always my top priority for buying sunglasses. They are very expensive, so pair them with a sturdy case...! TAKE ME THERE >
INITIALLY LONDON: PERSONALISED WASHBAGS: Initially London bespoke washbags can be monogrammed using different fonts & colours. I have one with an S on the front which I use all the time for travelling, putting my makeup and small toiletries in, and it fits nicely inside my handbag. They’re machine washable so it doesn’t matter if your bronzer gets everywhere. These also make for very thoughtful personalised gifts... TAKE ME THERE >
ANTICA SARTORIA: BOHEMIAN BEACH DRESSES: Antica Sartoria’s collection of bohemian beach-dresses are light & floaty with amazing floral patterns and detailed embroidery. These are perfect for slipping over a bikini on the beach or paired with wedges for dinner for the ultimate beach-chic look... TAKE ME THERE >
WORLD FAMILY: BOOTS, BAGS & KAFTANS: World Family was founded in Ibiza where it is still run today, selling gorgeous handmade accessories that blend materials & traditions of cultures all over the world. From colourful suede boots with fabulous tassels to beautifully embroidered kaftans and the softest leather handbags, I love the style of every unique item at World Family... TAKE ME THERE >
DAYLESFORD: DISCOVERY COLLECTION: I highly recommend sourcing organic bath and body products from Daylesford Organic Farm. The Discovery Collection is one of the best for travelling - I take the Botanic Hand Cream (75ml) and Shavasana Essential Oil Blend (8ml) in my carry-on luggage if I’m travelling long-haul. These help with sleeping and fighting the dry skin affect from plane air-con. The pillow mist is also so relaxing if you’re suffering from jet lag, which is why this is one of my favourite travel sets! TAKE ME THERE >
BAMFORD: HEPBURN CASHMERE TRAVEL SET: This gorgeous, spoiling travel set includes a blanket, beanie, silk-lined eye mask, socks & slippers, all made from the finest cashmere in Nepal. The sets come in either navy or a soft grey and in three different sizes of the slippers and socks. For a long haul flight these make the journey feel like heaven... TAKE ME THERE >
MELISSA ODABASH: STYLISH SUNHATS: A decent hat is essential for every sunshine escape and I am thrilled to have recently discovered Melissa Odabash’s beautifully designed classic fedoras, cowboy hats and stylish sunhats. Much more my vibe than a baseball cap. I am definitely taking one of these on my Australia trip in May!... TAKE ME THERE >
TRTL: NECK PILLOW: Finally someone has designed a decent neck-pillow that isn’t bulky and awkward to carry around – thank you! TRTL pillows have a neck-support built in and a soft wrap around scarf that velcros to the main support. You can snuggle up without worrying about having to see the chiropractor when you get off a long-haul flight. Still... good to go for a spoiling holiday massage, just to be sure! TAKE ME THERE >
TAN LUXE: FAKE TAN: Add a few drops of Tan-Luxe serum to your favourite moisturiser, transforming it into self-tan. Tan-Luxe is made with Raspberry Seed Oil, Vitamin E and Aloe Vera, which hydrates and nourishes the skin, gently tanning it for an even tone and natural look! TAKE ME THERE >
Every time I explore a new destination, whether it’s on an adventure holiday in Peru or a luxury beach escape in the Indian Ocean, I return home full of excitement to share the amazing sights I have seen. Through my own experiences I have developed a love of helping others experience the great wonders of the world; truly getting under the skin of the extraordinary destinations that are at your fingertips. Getting the details right, from which hotel is perfectly located for exploring away from the crowds, to which local guide is most knowledgeable on history or culture or art, is of paramount importance to me. I am constantly seeking out new and exciting experiences and exploring off the beaten track to ensure my clients are receiving the best and most honest first-hand advice.
Take a look at my travel diaries for food for thought on your next trip...