In the past week or so my summer travel plans have all fallen into place and I have to say, I’m pretty excited. So I thought I’d put together a little round up of where I’ll be going, what I’ll be doing and the basis of each trip. Of course, I’ll be blogging all about them and creating lots more video content for my newly launched YouTube channel, so you can look forward to plenty of sizzling summertime travel inspiration right here on The Travelista. Here’s a roundup of my travel plans for summer 2016;
Guatemala and Belize – April
Group Press Trip
First up is a week long adventure to Guatemala and Belize with the Central America Tourist Board. This is a group press trip, so I will be heading off with 4 other bloggers to complete an incredible itinerary starting in Guatemala City and travelling through Lake Atitlan in the Guatemalan Highlands, Panajachel, Antigua and Peten to visit Tikal (a UNESCO world heritage site).
We’ll then cross the border over into Belize to enjoy an action-packed few days in the jungle where we’ll be exploring waterfall caves, zip lining and snorkelling. The whole trip sounds unbelievable and it will be my first ever trip to Central America. I’m looking forward to see how Guatemala and Belize pair up for a dual-destination trip that I can hopefully recommend to others.
Kefalonia, Greece – May
Group Press Trip
A few weeks later I’ll be jetting off to the Greek Island of Kefalonia to check out the new F Zeen Retreat. F Zeen is a beachfront boutique property with just 28 rooms in Lourdas, Southern Kefalonia. The retreat has a strong emphasis on wellness and if the photos are anything to go by, it looks like the perfect place to escape reality and totally unwind. From wine tasting to yoga and boat trips, I’ll be discovering the best of Kefalonia and finding out what makes the island so enchanting.
Ischia and Amalfi, Italy – June
Individual Press Trip
Next up is a 4-night trip to the South coast of Italy. This is an individual press trip to stay at Garden & Villas Resort in Ischia and Monasterro Santa Rosa in Amalfi, so I’m bringing my friend Naomi along to help me with photography and video content (she didn’t take too much persuading). Ischia is a small island off the coast of Naples located close to Capri, Positano and the Amalfi coast. It’s the iconic Mediterranean dream and I can’t wait to head off for a few days of living La Dolce Vita. Floppy hat and sunglasses at the ready!
Dubrovnik, Croatia – June
I’ve teamed up with British luxury tour operator Classic Collection for a content campaign to Croatia, where I’ll be documenting my experience of a Classic Collection holiday. A content campaign is different to a press trip in that I work much more closely with the brand to create specific types of content that is part of a larger brief. The content will include video, photography, blog posts and social media. Whilst my content creation for campaigns is more specific, I always have full control and ‘creative licence’ over how it’s all put together. The hotel for this trip is TBC but you can check out the shortlist of my potential Croatia hotels here.
Almunecar, Spain – July
I know it sounds kind of crazy, but Almunecar is my actual summer holiday, where I fully intend to put down my camera, switch off from social media and just relax for a week. I’ve already blogged about Almunecar here, so I won’t feel the need to document everything I am up to for once, which will actually feel quite liberating and will really help me to disconnect from the digital world. I’ll be spending a week at Villa Los Geranios, our family-owned private villa that is available for rental this summer (get in touch if you want to stay here too!) I’ll be going with 3 of my best friends for a girly week in the Spanish sun, and it will be the perfect way to wrap up an epic few months of travel.
What do you think of my summer travel plans? Do you have any recommendations or travel tips for any of the places I’m going? If you enjoyed this post please leave me a comment in the box below! Thanks x