Whether you’re looking for a paperback to stow in your carry-on, a journal to document your travels in, or an inspiring coffee table volume to feed your wanderlust, we’ve rounded up the books traveler will want to get their hands on ASAP.
And they’re not just any ol’ books that we’re recommending after having personally read them once on a long flight, mind you. They’re top-rated, Amazon best-selling books beloved by the masses. Some are even endorsed by notable figures!
The best travel journals, budgeting titles, self-help must-reads, and even a book chock-full of adventurous bucket list items — we’ve got it all listed, below.
Author Hitha Palepu has traveled more than 500,000 miles around the globe as a consultant, gathering up a wealth of smart packing tips worth sharing. In this guide, you’ll learn outfit formulas to help you avoid over-packing, how to pare down your beauty routine without sacrificing the essentials, which clothing items are better suited to folding or rolling, and so much more.
Anybody saving up for that next big vacay? This best-selling personal finance book is here to help with its “9 steps to transforming your relationship with money and achieving financial independence.” This book is the real deal. Even Oprah approves.
The perfect companion to help you practice mindfulness as you travel the globe, this journal is full of meditation walkthroughs, guided mindfulness exercises, and, of course, lots of space for recording your precious travel memories.
Sure, you could get a blank journal to record your travel adventures in or you could pick up Kate Procrass’s whimsically illustrated travel journal with fun prompts that challenge you to think outside the box when exploring a new destination.
Here it is: The perfect gift for the retiree, die-hard adventurer, or just your travel-loving self. This bucket list of 1,000 great to-do’s around the world will surely feed your hunger for adventure.
London is pretty much the fan favorite when it comes to destinations, but there’s much, much more to the UK — from sandy coves in Cornwall and cutesy cottages in the Cotswolds, to the gritty charm of the northern cities and the rugged beauty of Scotland. So next time you’re plotting a trip across the pond, branch out from Big Ben!
Each of these destinations can be enjoyed in a 10-day trip, which we figure is the sweet spot if you’re hoping to maximize five vacation days with a weekend on either side — time it around a public holiday if you can, and you’ve got room to be flexible. Aim to fly into the airport closest to your starting point (not necessarily London!), but how you get around is up to you — trains and buses cover almost everywhere!
If there’s one thing the UK is good at, it’s being old. Not old in the US sense — like, the first season of The Simpsons, or a souvenir store that calls itself a “shoppe” — but stuff that dates back hundreds, even thousands of years. Here are two of our favorite destination in good ole England:
Drive out of London on the unremarkable M3, and aim for Stonehenge, which was built by prehistoric ancestors around 5,000 years ago. But get this — it turns out a bunch of old rocks arranged in a circle don’t constitute a full day’s activity, so branch out somewhere more interesting for lunch. Winchester has got a posh private school and a castle supposedly housing King Arthur’s legendary round table. Down the road in Salisbury, you get the UK’s tallest church spire and, if you’re lucky, absolutely no exposure to a lethal Soviet nerve agent. Take a detour to Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, if you want to snap that photo.
Oxford and Cambridge are the UK’s oldest and most prestigious universities — and they happen to be excellent spots to visit too. In Oxford, go for a beer à la Tolkien and C.S. Lewis at the Eagle and Child pub, then march into the Great Hall at Christ Church like you’re a real-deal Dumbledore. The best way to see the bridges and colleges of Cambridge is by punting on the river. Coast back to London to fly out, stopping in the oh-so-lovely Roman city of St Albans on the way.
Call it controversial, but you could do a whole trip to the UK without ever setting foot in England — because Scotland is that good. This itinerary takes you north from Edinburgh into the wild and wonderful Highlands, to mystical islands, enchanting castles, and awe-inspiring lochs! Our two favorite places:
OK, here’s the Harry Potter fix you’ve all been waiting for: Head to Glenfinnan and watch a steam locomotive (let’s just pretend it’s the Hogwarts Express) chug over the viaduct. Continue south to Loch Lomond, and have your final fill of bonnie Scotland — kayaking perhaps, or horse riding through the heather. Fly out of Glasgow — quick, before it rains.
Fly into Edinburgh — it’s an easy one-hour transfer from London, or if you’re coming from New York, you can pick up a cheap fare with Norwegian. ‘Auld Reekie’ is a hotbed of culture and character, with the world-famous Fringe festival and New Year’s Hogmanay at the heart of a never-ending series of events and exhibitions. By all means, stroll the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle down to Holyrood Palace, but be sure to get yourself lost in the labyrinth of narrow wynds too. And if you just can’t wait for a breath of fresh Scottish air, take a hike up to Arthur’s Seat for peerless views of the city.
“It’s grim up north,” or so they say. But they (cooped-up Southerners) don’t understand what they’re missing out on. It’s in the north of England that you’ll find the UK’s most characterful post-industrial cities, glorious untrodden landscapes, and close-knit communities of infectiously friendly locals. To kick off your trip, you can fly direct to Manchester from 14 US cities, including NYC, LA, and Miami. Here are our top destinations:
Welcome to God’s Own Country, as the proud locals in Yorkshire say. It’s a huge region (by British standards) so pick a few spots and do them justice. Roman/Viking/Victorian York is one of the UK’s most historic cities — climb the city walls, shop along The Shambles (once a medieval meat market), and get giddy like a little kid at the National Railway Museum. But you’ve got to get out into the fresh air, too — cycle in the Yorkshire Dales, take the waters at spa town Harrogate or go for a bracing beach walk in Whitby. Wherever you go, you’re guaranteed a proper cup of tea.
Maybe it’s the melancholic weather or the blue-collar heritage, or because there’s not much else to do but sit around jamming with your mates — but one way or another, many of Britain’s best musical talents have come from Manchester (The Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis) and Liverpool (ahem, The Beatles). So go for a night out — the Northern Quarter is the trendy bohemian bit of Manchester, while converted waterfront warehouses give Liverpool’s Albert Dock an air of Brooklyn.
Compared to the US, space is hard to come by in the UK — they squeeze 70 million people into an area 40 times smaller than the States. But if you’re craving wide open landscapes and have a mild aversion to cities, this is the UK itinerary for you. Disclaimer: It might rain constantly for your 10-day vacation! Our picks:
Drive down the sweep of Wales’ west coast and… eventually… you’ll hit Pembrokeshire. It’s worth the effort because this is the closest thing they’ve got to the Caribbean. All right, it’s not actually that similar, but you do get sugary sand beaches, loads of birdlife, and crystal clear water. The cities on the south coast are pretty grim, so stay inland and aim for the Brecon Beacons National Park instead; it’s kind of like Snowdonia, and that’s no bad thing.
Landing at Manchester Airport doesn’t mean you have to go to Manchester. Head west to Chester instead, and walk on the red sandstone ramparts that date back to Roman times. In town, you’ll find Tudor-style timber houses and quaint shops in Victorian arcades.
OK, so the UK isn’t usually associated with sun-drenched beaches, but this is a different kind of coastal adventure. The southern edge of Britain is amazingly varied, from the amusement arcades of Brighton and the fossil-strewn Jurassic Coast, to the smugglers’ coves and surf beaches of Devon and Cornwall. In fact, there’s so much variety that you can easily tailor this itinerary to your tastes, whether you want to load up on sunscreen and settle into a deckchair, or pack sturdy boots for hiking the jagged cliffs. Our picks:
Cornwall is what coastal England is all about. Artsy St. Ives is the beautiful crown jewel, with five beaches by the turquoise sea — but the harbor towns of Fowey and Padstow are hubs of activity too. For quaint fishing villages try Mousehole or Polperro, and be sure to walk the coastal path and reward yourself with a cream tea. Skip the photo op at touristy Land’s End, but get tickets to a show at the cliffside Minack Theatre, and spend a rainy day in tropical indoor gardens at the Eden Project.
Fly into London; spend a day checking off tourist sights or, if you’re pining for that salty sea air, skip the capital entirely and head straight to Brighton (Gatwick airport is much handier than Heathrow for this). It’s got the UK’s liveliest gay scene, a quintessential Victorian pier, and Britain’s best impression of the Taj Mahal — seriously, check out the Royal Pavilion.
Getting to travel is one of the most rewarding experiences in a person’s life. Only when you travel, you do realize exactly how vast the world is and how different every nation is when compared with each other. It is rewarding because we leave the little bubbles we have lived in all our lives behind and realize that there is so much to experience in this world that one lifetime just isn’t enough for it.
Needless to say that traveling can have a massively positive impact on our health and our creativity because of these reasons. People often come back with entirely different personalities once you send them traveling because of the things they experience.
Here are some of the ways people boost their health and creativity when traveling:
When you travel to distant lands, you see a lot of things that are unusual or forbidden in your part of the world. Sometimes you see things that are utterly absurd and make no sense to you. However, these are all practices that are a regular part of the local’s lives in that area.
You see people living happily despite leading lives that are so different from yours, and you realize that there is no one thing you need to do to be happy in life. There is no single path to success. You can be successful and happy in whatever you do, and ultimately it is this realization that sparks your creative side to be bolder and more open than before.
All nations and lands have cultures that differ from each other. These cultures have their cuisines, their forms of art and music, their language, and what not. You can probably not imagine living a life with so many cultures and traditions, but you see that all these people do it so well. This experience also opens you up to more ideas. Many artists use this cultural inspiration as an influence in their art as well because it sparks their creativity so much.
There is a lot to experience in distant lands as well, things that are difficult or impossible to come by in your land. For example, you can try some marijuana if you are in a place that has legalized it. Experiencing new things like these has multiple benefits; for example, you can use space cooking strains for health as well as spark your creativity.
Other than that, you can always go for a more adventurous time by making your way to safaris, submarine tours, skiing, and any other adventurous specialty that the place has to offer. All these experiences will help your body get strong, and your mind opens up as well.
Being stressed out and anxious can deteriorate our health like nothing else. It directly results in the diminishing of our physical health as well. Once you get rid of this anxiety and stress, you can welcome a much healthier lifestyle than before.
Traveling is one of the best ways to relieve stress because you leave all your worries behind at home and focus on nothing but having a good time and capturing memories.
When you travel, you expose your body to entirely new environments that have microorganisms, temperatures, humidity levels, etc. that are very different from your hometown. Your body then learns to endure in this environment from the outside and the inside. The more you travel, the stronger your body becomes. People often get sick while traveling as well but they eventually stop doing so because their bodies become adaptive.
We know the search for the right beauty and wellness products can seem endless. And trying to pick out the best face masks for your skin? Well, that’s a whole different genre of decision-making in and of itself. Since the sheet mask trend took off a few years ago, skin care companies have been churning out new effective and efficient masks right and left. It’s hard to keep track.
But we’ve got good news. We’re going to introduce you to our favorite top-rated masks for every kind of traveler, those that simply need a spot in your carry-on! So, let’s get down to it.
Here the best picks for treating your skin to a mini-facial, no matter where you are!
Oh, and pro tip: Stick your mask in the freezer for a few minutes before use to feel even more refreshed with it on.
If you’re suffering from extra-dry skin after a long day in the sun, in the winter wind, or just in general, this Aqua Collagen Mask from beloved Korean beauty brand Dr. G will save the day. It uses collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid, and soothing aloe vera to hydrate and firm the skin for a freshened-up glow.
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Here’s what a charcoal mask will address: Excess oil? Check. Acne? Check. Pores that need tightening? Check, check, check. We recommend the Boscia Charcoal Pore-Minimizing Bio-Cellulose Mask, which uses black bamboo charcoal and hydrating sodium hyaluronate to give your well-traveled skin a dewy and clear complexion.
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If you finally make it to your hotel and look in the bathroom mirror to see a dull, tired version of your face staring back at you, you’ll want to have a brightening mask on hand. Our favorite is Shiseido’s Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask, which utilizes retinol and Cholera plant extract to help the skin’s recovery process after a dehydrating and, often, stuffy journey on various modes of transportation. The mask is split into a lower half and upper half and will deliver a richly reviving concoction to the skin, leaving it glowy, dewy, and bright.
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Say bye-bye to all those pesky impurities that tend to clog pores when you’re on the go (dirt in the air, sweat, toxins) with a mud mask like the Patchology SmartMud No-mess Mud Masque. It uses volcanic mud to draw out all those icky things from your pores, tightening them along the way, and leaving your skin feeling firm, fresh, and energized.
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Make no mistake; the size of these tiny Patchology Restoring Night Gels is by no means is reflective of their power. This under-eye mask set packs a real punch. Using a combination of retinol and castor oil, they address puffiness and dryness around the delicate eye area, as well as wrinkles and fine lines, leaving you looking just as well-rested as you’ll wish you actually were after an eight-hour flight.
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There’s one sheet mask that seems to top every best-seller list: SK-II’s Facial Treatment Mask. Both J.Lo and Chrissy Teigen use it when they fly and, well, enough said. Chock-full of ingredients that provide intense hydration — like pitera, a bio-ingredient pumped with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, this award-winning mask delivers a level of moisture that can stand up to dry airplane air.
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Preparing for travel when you have sensitive skin can be… exciting (read: totally anxiety-inducing). You never quite know how your skin will react to any given climate. The good news is: there’s a sheet mask for that. If you’re looking for a way to gently hydrate, brighten, and soothe your skin, try the Avéne Soothing Sheet Mask, which combats puffiness and dryness thanks to luscious thermal spring water. It’s also alcohol- and fragrance-free, so there’s very little risk for irritation.
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While monuments should dictate your itinerary in Europe, it’s really how you take in the sights that will make your trip. And with the sheer amount of things to see and do, traveling in Europe, especially with a big group, can get overwhelming. That’s why it’s one of the best continents to visit alone, where you can really see everything at your own pace.
When choosing your ideal destination, think about whether you’d prefer a large city with a simple public transportation system to help you cover more ground, or a smaller town that’s easy to explore on foot. Also, consider whether you’re looking for an activity-filled city or one where you can kick back and relax. Watching your own back is always necessary, even in the most crime-free locations, but many European cities have safe reputations so that you can focus more on where you go than how you go.
Taking in all those considerations, here’s a list of cities that are most welcoming to solo female travelers — and where you can build your own ultimate Eurotrip.
The Swedish capital truly has it all: a cobblestoned old town with pedestrian-only roads, 57 bridges that stretch over its 14 islands, an amusement park dating back to 1880s, a bathhouse from 1904, and the most artistic subway stations, each decorated with its own theme. So it was no surprise that the free walking tours in town were dominated by solo travelers finding their own piece of the low-crime city.
You’ll love the freedom of being alone in the City of Music, where you can sip coffee and indulge in a sacher torte in a traditional café. Get lost on the grounds of Schönbrunn Palace, and take in a show at an opera house. With plenty of visitors and a burgeoning design scene, Austria’s capital is bursting with charm. So it’s no wonder it ranked the highest for quality of living in a Mercer study this year.
Berlin is young and old, historic and modern, and classic and cutting-edge — all at the same time. The city is still constantly changing, and there are so many sights that it’ll inevitably be difficult to fit it all into your schedule. Start your sprint at the Circus Hotel, which offers single rooms in both its hotel and hostel, and took off on city tour with them to get the lay of the land the first day. Once situated, you’ll be able to run between sights like the Berlin Wall’s East Side Gallery and the Brandenburg Gate, snacking on currywurst along the way.
With easy-to-navigate trains from its airports and 270 stations on the London Underground, you can get anywhere quickly in the British capital. Pub culture makes it easy to grab a pint at the bar among locals and the long stretches of shops in areas like Notting Hill and Knightsbridge can help you blend in with shoppers. Plus, you’ll get all the European charm without the foreign language anxiety.
Forget the romance: the City of Lights is just as magical for a party of one. First, check off the necessary Parisian requirements: strolling down the Champs-Élysées, wandering the winding paths of Montmartre, and exploring the halls of the Louvre. Don’t forget to visit the Sainte Chapelle — its stained glass is so dramatic you’ll be grateful for the opportunity to take it in at your own pace. And for a quirky and free place to stay, become a Tumbleweed at the English bookshop Shakespeare and Company, where you pay for your night’s stay by volunteering at the store for a few hours, reading a book a day, and writing a one-page autobiography.
If you’re looking for a weekend getaway in L.A. that doesn’t involve long afternoons stranded on the 405, look southwest of Downtown to a slice of paradise known as the South Bay. In Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach, the vibes are mellow, the lifestyle is active, and, most importantly, everything is accessible by a beachside walk or short cab ride.
Not sure how to spend three days on L.A. County’s low-key beaches? Here’s an ideal itinerary:
If you’re arriving in the afternoon via LAX airport, you’ll be happy to know that Manhattan Beach’s moody boutique Shade Hotel is just $12 to $15 away by Uber. Drop off your bags and head outside, through the Metlox town square, and take a right onto Manhattan Beach Boulevard. This is the main vein of the city’s downtown, where bars, restaurants, and coffee shops line the walkway to the beach.
Head all the way down to the pier—you can’t miss it, it’s practically an extension of MB Boulevard—and walk to the end of it for a can’t-miss sunset over the Pacific. Afterward, head back up to Rock’n Fish for coconut-crusted Mahi sliders, Cajun corn on the cob, and a slice of Kona pie.
If you want to go out, you have several options nearby: the Strand House (sexy design, incredible views), Shellback Tavern (cheap drinks, a bit divier), or your hotel’s Skydeck (an “open-air poolside retreat” that turns into a cocktail party at night).
What the South Bay lacks in museums and club life it more than makes up for in miles of white sand and near-perfect weather pretty much every day of the year. As much as you may want to hit the beach first thing in the morning, you’ll gain a lot by pacing yourself.
First, hit up Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, a circa-1961 A-frame structure that’s arguably the heart of Manhattan Beach’s old-school side. Get the Expo ’73 omelette, corned beef hash, and eggs, or banana buckwheat pancakes.
If you’re not a lazy-Saturday-morning type (what’s that like?), try a power vinyasa class at the Green Yogi and one of six green juices on offer at Pressed Juicery.
Spend the rest of your day at the beach. The sand is notably amazing; in fact, from the 1920s to the 1970s, Hawaii’s Waikiki imported a lot of its sand from Manhattan Beach.
If you want a lively nighttime scene, head to one of the bars abutting the Hermosa Beach Pier, about two miles from downtown Manhattan Beach. Hermosa’s Comedy and Magic Club draws in names like Jay Leno and Gabriel Iglesias. Baja Sharkeez, meanwhile, is beachy and a bit wild, with a great happy hour and even better fish tacos.
Bright and early, take a cab to Redondo Beach and go on a whale/dolphin watching tour from King Harbor Marina. On a 10 a.m. tour, you can see dolphins, seals, and sea lions, as well as sperm and humpback whales.
Afterward, grab lunch at Kincaid’s Bay House (they also have an excellent happy hour), which is walking distance from King Harbor. From there, you can walk back to your hotel (four miles along “the Strand,” or boardwalk) or hop in a cab and head further south to Palos Verdes, a well-heeled town on the bluffs. The scenery is incredible and there are several gorgeous (and sometimes strenuous) hiking trails to explore.
At the end of the day, head to Hermosa’s Fritto Misto for delicious, unfussy Italian food. If you want to be closer to the hotel, you should try Manhattan Beach’s the Kettle, a beloved mainstay that’s open 24 hours a day, every day except Christmas.
All set with your sleek black leather jacket and helmet for your possibly first motorcycle trip? But is that enough? Probably not.
Being spontaneous and adventurous is as fun as it is dangerous especially for novice motorcyclists. It will not be as easy as it sounds, especially if you are planning to ride in a foreign land.
Gathering knowledge from experienced riders, we have compiled a comprehensive list of precautions and pointers.
Countries like Italy, Romania and Australia are known to provide a picturesque landscape to ride on.
Before you head out, make sure you know where you are going and how you are going to get there. Do some research to find the best route, which is a relatively easy task- thanks to Google. When timing the trip, ensure that the duration of each sitting is not beyond your usual driving durations.
In preparation for the trip, take longer practice rides to get acclimatized to the road conditions.
Another aspect of route planning is to track the weather changes. To battle the erratic weather and terrain, motorcycle safety gears are essential. Check the average temperatures as what may be normal for natives might be extreme for you.
The minimum that can be done with respect to care for your motorcycle is prompt servicing, stocking up on fuel, and regular checkup of gears and other machinery. This will ensure your motorcycle is ready for the journey.
An additional tip would be to add windshields, as the winds on the highway might not be kind to you on these longer trips. An aftermarket seat with a backrest might be a good option to consider. It will help alleviate lower back pain.
Alternatively, lower back pain exercise is also a valid option. It is important to be as comfortable while sitting on your bike as possible, you will not regret it.
Ensure comfort during the entire trip by purchasing gym apparel, and airy, waterproof equipment.
This will ensure that you do not smoke up in your jacket. Making your equipment waterproof provides you with the benefit of not freezing when it rains. Biking gloves, leather trousers and warm under clothes are essential.
Another recommended addition to your gear is earplugs. For longer trips, it gets very loud, you could use some protection for your ears. There may be specific additions that may change according to the specific country you choose to visit.
Riding for such long distances already stresses your body out. A baggage should not act as a burden. Only pack the essentials, neglecting the backup pair of shoes or enormous water bottles. Remember that the road will definitely provide.
Remember to pack your documents that might be required on the highway, such as your driving license and registration papers.
Long rides can get tiring both physically and mentally. It is important to take breaks at regular intervals not just for gas but also to stretch your legs, have a bite, and relax your back and body.
It is crucial to be awake and alert when on the road to avoid any mishaps for which one needs a well-rested mind and body. You will want to take lesser breaks than you actually need, however, when on the road, you will realize that you need more breaks.
Hence, plan accordingly.
Long rides can get lonely so it is helpful to get equipped with some technology that can make the road trip less arduous.
A good tool would be to get a Bluetooth helmet that can navigate, play music, and take calls. And, given that the Bluetooth will be connected to your smartphone, in most cases, it would be wise to get touchscreen compatible gloves to operate your phone.
However, do keep in mind the safety factor when using your phone on the road.
Another neat feature your motorcycle could have is cruise control. Although that seems to ruin the fun, after hours of riding, a little help in maintaining constant speeds on the highway is welcome.
Given that a road is not so clean place, you are bound to attract some of the dust and grease on you. It does not matter how well you cover yourself.
There will always be a dirt in places you would never have thought. Hence, you would want to give yourself ample time to freshen up before anything else.
With the above tips in mind, a safe, free-spirited, and comfortable motorcycle trip is in order. Be responsible for your risk-taking.
With good decision-making skills and quick thinking, you would belong on the road.
We know full-time traveling can be exhausting, especially for your skin and while most brands have amazing products, nothing pretty much compares to French skincare. Now, you don’t necessarily need to be in France to get it, actually, you can find the best (and the most affordable) French beauty products on Amazon.
Some of the best French beauty products are sold in drugstores in France and they rival the pricey ones we covet here in the U.S. It’s hard not to be jealous, but Amazon has a pretty amazing selection of French beauty products (yes, Amazon!), which means you don’t have to travel overseas to try some of our favorites.
Keep reading for a list of products totally worth checking out!
Made with sweet almond oil, shea butter, and argan oil, this lipstick smells nice but also leaves lips super soft. The trés-chic packaging is an added plus.
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Do not be fooled: This isn’t just water in a spray bottle, it’s a mist infused with antioxidants that help hydrate and soothe dry skin. It also does a solid job of alleviating symptoms from burns, eczema, and even rosacea.
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This ointment soothes irritated, cracked skin almost immediately for flawless makeup application (some makeup artists use it to give models a dewy look!). Although it’s packaged similarly to Neosporin and Vaseline, it’s actually surprisingly light.
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This cleanser effectively removes dirt and makeup without drying out your skin. It’s completely soap and sulfate-free, so it’s perfect for sensitive skin.
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If you want to treat fine lines and wrinkles yourself, this pomade can help: it’s a synthetic version of vitamin A, which is known for its wrinkle-treating properties. Use on skin overnight, instead of during the day, since vitamin A can make your skin sensitive to sunlight.
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French drugstore favorite, Klorane has a desert date shampoo that helps repair and strengthens the hair over time. Dates are rich in fatty acids and proteins which help strengthen hair (and get split-ends in shape).
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Bioderma Micellar Water has a cult following for a good reason. It removes makeup effectively without stripping the skin and penetrates cells to remove dirt. An added plus? You don’t have to do any additional cleansing after you use it.
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If you’re looking for a 3-in-1 product, look no further. This Lait Cream removes makeup, moisturizes skin, and even works as a cleansing lotion for babies. It’s an emulsifier and a softening agent to restore the natural balance of the skin.
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Bermuda may be known for its pink sand beaches and colorful namesake shorts, but there is so much to see in this magical land and this is why you should choose it as your next destination!
Bermuda is currently in the midst of a tourism renaissance, and here’s the travel guide you need. New hotels and marinas are being built, existing properties are getting million dollar facelifts, and new restaurants already opened their doors—including one from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, whose harbor front hotspot has quickly become a favorite for both locals and visitors. Despite all this change, Bermuda’s main appeal remains the same—the fact that it’s less than two hours away from most East Coast airports. That’s right: getting to this pink sand paradise is quick and easy since Bermuda has nonstop flights from New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, and a host of cities in the U.S. and Canada (London too, with nonstops on British Airways). However you get there, expect a decidedly upscale island experience awash in living history and bountiful natural beauty. The crystal clear waters and pink sand beaches attract tens of thousands of vacationers a year, as do the shipwrecks and coral reefs that lie close to shore.
But there’s also plenty to see on the surface. An overseas territory of the United Kingdom, Bermuda has been involved in many of history’s major events dating back as far as the English Civil War of the mid-1600s. If you travel to Bermuda, you’ll see signs of these historical moments and also ruins dating back to both World Wars. Sports fans will be interested in the island’s athletic accomplishments: there are several Bermudian rugby clubs, the island boasts an impressive roster on their national cricket team, and they even hosted the New York Yankees’ spring training in 1913.
Bermuda is a year-round destination (it has a subtropical climate), but the best time to visit is September and October when the humidity of summer disappears but water temperatures remain warm enough for swimming. Bonus: This is when hotel rooms typically become less expensive since autumn is the start of shoulder season.
February is the coolest month, with an average temperature of 66°F (18°C). July is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 80°F (26°C).
Car rentals are not permitted in Bermuda, so if you’d like your own wheels, you’ll have to rent a scooter. It’s the island’s transportation of choice (locals call them “bikes”)—just make sure to stay on the left side of the road, since Bermuda is still a British overseas territory. Don’t like scooters? Public buses and ferries cover most of the island and taxis are widely available—though a bit expensive.
Type A (two-prong plug) or Type B (three-prong plug)
Despite popular belief, Bermuda is located in the Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean—it’s about 650 miles due east of Cape Hatteras, N.C. Days are usually warm but nights, especially in winter, can get cool so pack a light sweater or rain jacket.
United States Dollar and Bermuda Dollar (the two are interchangeable)
The oldest cottage colony in Bermuda, Cambridge Beaches Resort, and Spa has long been popular with moneyed couples since this adults-preferred retreat is tucked away on a secluded west end peninsula and children under 16 are not permitted (indeed why Bill and Hillary Clinton have stayed here a handful of times). With four pink sand beaches, including sprawling Long Bay Beach and tiny Turtle Cove with its adjacent infinity pool, there’s plenty of space to steal away with your loved one, plus its spacious cottage rooms and suites boast upscale amenities like whirlpool tubs, fireplaces and living rooms with period antiques (consider booking Pegem, a 300-year-old sea captain’s house overlooking Mangrove Bay).
Adjacent to Port Royal Golf Course—6,842 yards that were once the home of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf—this family-owned beach resort is extremely popular with golfers who come for unfettered access to the course and return guests who enjoy its cliffside ocean view rooms and casual, laid-back atmosphere. The resort also has the benefit of being home to one of the most beloved beaches in Bermuda, since it’s adjacent to a massive sandbar where guests can walk out nearly 400 yards in waist-high water. Breakfast is included with all rooms and nightly dinners can be added for an additional fee; either way, don’t miss a sunset dinner at the Ocean Grill, Pompano’s fine-dining restaurant with 30-feet-high floor-to-ceiling windows for endless views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Popular with island power brokers who cram into the banquettes at lunch and belly up to the bar during happy hour, this Hamilton restaurant is also one of the best spots in town for a romantic dinner. After all, it was long a favorite of Bermuda residents Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who come for its seafood, steaks, and understated elegance. For an intimate table of two out of sight of other diners, reserve the “snug corner.” Expect inventive dishes, like pan-fried snapper with black quinoa, tomato shrimp sofrito, and poblano pesto, plus a handful of delectable desserts (try the chocolate fondue for two).
If you’re visiting the historic town of St. George’s, the extra effort it requires to get to this breezy hilltop restaurant on Bermuda’s southeastern tip is well worth it. (St. George’s is not within walking distance from town; to get there take a taxi or scooter.) In the shadow of Fort St. Catherine and overlooking stunning Achilles Bay, this open-air gem has one of the best ocean views in Bermuda, plus it serves an inspired menu of fresh Caribbean cuisine. For your starter, try the Bermuda onion tart in a homemade puff pastry topped with local Tucker’s Farm goat cheese, and for your main don’t miss the pan-fried rockfish with bananas flambe and black rum. The Beach House is open seasonally from April through November.
One of Hamilton’s newest restaurants, Devil’s Isle features a lengthy menu of seasonally inspired, farm-fresh dishes served in a hip, industrial space (think visible ductwork and hanging light fixtures with a singular clear bulb). In fact, there’s so much on the menu it’s hard to know where to begin. We suggest a few small plates to go with an entrée—try the cinnamon lamb lollies or the beer battered rockfish tacos. At lunch, grab a smoothie, coffee or snack at its next-door to-go counter, but for a table, reservations are recommended since Devil’s Isle fills up quickly.
With over 300 shipwrecks in its waters, Bermuda is the wreck-diving capital of the Atlantic. One of the most notable is the Mary Celeste, a Civil War-era steamer that sank in 1864 but made news in 2011 when five bottles of 148-year-old wine were found in her bow in addition to an intact bottle of London’s Piesse & Lubin perfume, which was removed, studied, and recreated by the Bermuda Perfumery (you can buy it at its Front Street and St. George locations). Today divers of the site are treated to stunning views of the wreck, which now sits in 50 feet of water where its large wooden paddlewheel is still visible.
Tour this extensive network of subterranean granite caves and you’ll hear the story of their discovery from your guide—how two boys stumbled across the caves when trying to retrieve a lost ball in 1907. The Crystal and Fantasy Caves remain one of Bermuda’s most fascinating attractions since this underground system is home to thousands of hanging stalactites and protruding stalagmites, plus a 55-feet-deep lake that visitors can walk over on a floating pontoon bridge. When you’re done exploring the deep, follow the outdoor walking pathway to nearby Bailey’s Bay Ice Cream Parlour for homemade ice cream and milkshakes (adults should try the Dark and Stormy flavor).
Bermuda is known the world over for its powdery pink sand beaches—a pale rose hue created by microorganisms called red foram—and this south shore crescent is the island’s most famous. It’s also one of the busiest since cruise shippers flock to this well-appointed beach for its chair and umbrella rentals, showers and changing room facilities, and no-frills café, which serves burgers, fries, and hot dogs. Horseshoe is also popular with families since it’s one of the few island beaches with full-time lifeguards and a calm, current free cove lovingly referred to by locals as Baby Beach. Tip: Walk east along the shore and you’ll find quiet secluded coves to call your own.
Frizzy hair from the local water, awful bug bites and even puffy, tired-looking eyes after a long flight… We’ve all been there.
And while we can’t necessarily wave a magic wand to make all of these issues disappear entirely, we can lend you some solid advice for how to avoid and address the beauty problems that arise during your travels.
Here are the products we recommend stocking up on (and so many of them are on sale right now) for each possible skin or hair scenario!
The best way to address the post-plane puffy eye issue is threefold. When you board, remove any makeup, first thing. Sleeping with makeup on or even just sitting with it on during a long flight can irritate your eyes and the delicate skin around them a surprising amount. Once your skin is clear, do an eye mask like the Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels. Then, right before landing, you could treat yourself to a little facial massage using a roller, like this Jade Roller Beauty Rose Quartz from Cotify to jumpstart your circulation again, and use your index finger to gently dab a little something restorative and hydrating under your eyes, like SkinCeuticals A.G.E Complex or La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Eyes Cream. If you still feel like you need a concealer, try the top-rated Glo Skin Beauty, which features two hydrating, blendable hues.
We could spend days, weeks, years — eons, even — going into all the different kinds of travel-induced acne that can cause a complication mid-trip, but we’ll try and keep it brief. Whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin, there is typically a way to combat breakouts even when you’re en route.
The Solution: Serums, especially this iS Clinical Active Serum which multi-tasks its way through a plane ride, smoothing, brightening and fighting off acne before it even appears. Another great option is to keep a zit-zapping roll-on in your bag, like this Better Skin Zit No More roller stick that uses a combination of tea tree oil and salicylic acid to diminish the appearance of blemishes.
There has been a big market for cleansing water in the past couple years, too. Opt for something like this travel-sized micellar cleansing water from Yon-Ka which can be applied gently to the face using a soft washcloth, and doesn’t need to be rinsed off, so it’s ideal for when you’re racing from gate to gate, road-tripping, or stuck on a plane overnight.
And, remember, when it comes to drinking and snacking on a plane, opt for lots and lots of water, or hot water with lemon. Try to keep snacks to whole, healthy, gut-friendly foods that won’t cause flare-ups. What you put in your body will almost always impact your skin.
How is your hair wired to react to a dry environment like an airplane cabin? Why, with oil, of course. When heading to the hotel room for a shower isn’t an option, we’ve got you covered.
Bumble & Bumble makes a powder dry shampoo that comes in a very convenient travel size, lasts a really long time (especially if used sparingly), and soaks up grease, dirt, and moisture around the roots of your hair very effectively, giving it body, too. R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo is another favorite of ours. It’s tiny enough to pop into your clear, TSA-approved bag, and will give you a good boost of volume and freshness. Plus, it smells divine.
To put it plainly: airplane cabin air is not very nice to our skin. Most travelers experience a bit of post-flight dryness, but those of us who are already prone to dry skin can really struggle with keeping skin clear and hydrated away from home.
Serums, serums, serums are the solution. The nice thing about an oil-based serum is the punch that it packs. You barely need any in order to see results. And they often work their magic overnight, or while you’re asleep, so if you’re stepping on a plane and know you’ll be there for the next six to 10 hours, slipping a serum into your carry-on bag might be a real skin-saver. Here are a bunch of our favorites, but some standouts include Sunday Riley Juno Essential Face Oil, Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil, and Bio-oil. If you prefer a cream moisturizer, try S.W. Basics, which is simple, all-natural, and very fast-acting.
Also, never underestimate the power of a good hydrating sheet mask (they’re easy to apply and dispose of during a flight), like the Dr. Jart Dermask Water Jet vital hydra solution, the Patchology FlashMasque, or J.Lo’s favorite, the SK-II facial treatment mask.