What are your plans this summer? If you haven’t mapped out your vacation yet, you’re not alone. Whilst I’ve been revving up to travel this season, a busy work schedule and daily commitments mean that I’ll most likely have to book a last-minute getaway.
In fact, I sense that taking a spontaneous trip could be quite empowering. What’s better than letting flexibility be your guide and exploring new destinations? Following a bare-bones itinerary, or no itinerary at all, could make for a slower and calmer experience.
For a spontaneous summer sojourn, I’d love to visit Tuscany, Italy and soak up its many offerings—from hidden bistros to secluded resorts to sumptuous spas. Surrounded by natural beauty, I envision myself bouncing around its verdant hilltop towns, sampling local pasta specialties.
Packing for a trip planned at the last minute could be daunting, but you can never go wrong with chic casual wear. Keep a selection of neutral- toned outfits that you can pair with your favourite sneakers.
Don’t forget to keep comfortable leggings and long cotton tops, especially for a yoga session with a view of the Tuscan mountains. Skincare is of the essence, so make sure to stock up on sunscreen to protect yourself from the blazing Mediterranean sun.
If you’re in the mood for a city escape, there’s no better place than Los Angeles in the summer. I love shopping from its quaint street vendors and walking along the Santa Monica Pier, listening to my favourite tracks.
When evening falls, I usually seek the trendiest restaurants to dine in, and the city never disappoints in this respect. Opt for long dresses from Zimmermann and The Row, which are perfect for a breezy summer day in LA.
I’m always on the lookout for unique destinations and Peru has long been on my list of countries to explore. The South American gem is home to Machu Picchu, one of the seven modern wonders of the world, and is known for its unique wellness experiences. The Sacred Valley, a special strip of land located in the Peruvian Andes, is the preferred choice for most retreats.
For history and culture buffs, the country offers stunning Inca archaeological remains, colonial Spanish villages, art, and millenary Andean clothing and handicrafts. And seeing alpacas would be the cherry on top. Here’s a fun fact: Peru is home to 90 per cent of the world’s Alpaca population.
I promise to report back if I’m lucky enough to visit any of these dreamy destinations this summer. Have a safe and spontaneous trip!
Nada Hamad Al Ghurair is an advocate in the making. She attended the Latifa School for Girls and pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Law at an esteemed university in London. She’s currently studying for the NY Bar qualification. Through the Gen Z Emirati column, she discusses the successes and struggles shared by her generation.
Photography by Aasiya Jagadeesh; Location courtesy of Sisi’s Eatery, Dubai