Holiday Hot Spots And Vacation Must Haves!

Holiday Hot Spots And Vacation Must Haves!

Our Brand Ambassador Hayley Sparkes, model and TV Travel presenter, shares her top tips on trending travel hotspots for 2023 and what outfits you need to take with you!

Paris has always been known as the city of love, but following the popular Netflix series, Emily in Paris, the French capital has really become the go to mini break destination. It is so easy to reach from the UK, with the Eurostar offering affordable train travel, you can even skip the airport. The Eurostar allows you to travel from London to France in as little as 2 hours and 22 minutes. 

Shorts are such a staple for summer and are ideal for sightseeing days on holiday. The "White Stripe Belted Shorts" are chic and timeless as well as being fantastic value at just £16.00. I love this look for Paris, it is very simple and chic, just like French women’s style. 

Trip advisor has stated Krakow in Poland as being one of the top trending destinations of 2023. Krakow is in the southern part of Poland, lying on both sides of the upper Vistula River. It is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. It is known for its rich history and culture that dates back to the 7th century. Kraków’s Old Town, Stare Miaso is amongst the most impressive medieval locations in Europe and is definitely worth exploring.

For slightly cooler days on vacation or relaxed evenings, the "Polka Dot Oversized Shirt And Trouser Set" is a great two-piece to pack into your suitcase. A co-ord is very on trend right now and this one is really comfortable to move around in. Wear together or separately, team with a crop top, vest or bodysuit when you would like an extra layer.

Good Housekeeping magazine predicts that Aruba will be a popular destination for British tourists as for the first time, direct flights to the Island are now available with British Airways from London Gatwick. Aruba boosts some of the most mesmerising white sand beaches, some of which have been named the best in the world. The island benefits from year-round sunshine, with average temperatures of around 32 degrees.

If you like to catch a tan whilst you are walking around a sunny destination like Aruba, then the "Bardot Tunic Dress" is a great choice RRP £25. This off the shoulder style won’t leave unflattering tan lines and will feel loose, floaty and cool in the heat. I love the striking blue shade, it is bound to compliment beautiful blue skies in your holiday photos.

If you are looking for the perfect staycation this year, then Aberdeenshire has been hotly tipped to be one of the most popular UK locations.

Loved by the Royal Family, Aberdeen is located in the north of Scotland and is known to be the perfect spot for nature lovers. A holiday spot with stunning coastline, majestic mountains as well as scenic rivers. Scotland’s beauty also makes it a desirable location for those tying the knot.

If you are traveling for a wedding this year, or have a really special date night or dinner whilst you are away, this is a dress we would recommend. The "Keyhole Tie Neck Pleated Midi Dress" is one of our most popular styles. This piece is easy to wear and the colours, print are super eye catching with the pleats giving the dress even more of a feminine feel RRP £42.00.

Magical Malta has become increasingly popular in the last few years. Malta is one of the gems in the Mediterranean. Malta is a beautiful island to soak up the sun, explore ancient streets and dine out at Michelin-starred restaurants. It has a reputation of being a leader of LGBTQIA+ travel, and is known for affordability for travellers on a budget

Jumpsuits are so handy on holiday as they are so versatile and they suit all ages and flatter the majority of body types. The "Abstract Honeycomb Cross Over Jumpsuit" RRP £28.00 can be worn with pumps or flats during the day or dressed up with heels at night. This is a great day to night piece.

According to TripAdvisor the number one spot for the global holiday destination in 2023 is Dubai, UAE. Dubai is a popular destination due to the favourable year round climate, fabulous shopping, pristine golden beaches and great hospitality. Dubai is also home to the world’s biggest choreographed fountain and the tallest building in the world.

For a destination like Dubai, I would recommend the "Collar Tunic Dress" RRP £28 because it can be worn in different ways. Simply pop on for a really relaxed casual look or add a belt to create more shape and nip in the waist. This tunic dress will also make a really nice beach cover up.

Wherever you choose to travel this year, I would like to wish you a really wonderful holiday. Please don’t forget to tag @bluevanillaoffical, as we would love to see your holiday outfits.

Written by Hayley Sparkes.


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