Bonjour! Ciao! Holla! I am Lily, White Bohemian's Digital Marketing Coordinator, behind all the emails, blogs and other graphics you see on the digital side of things. About a month ago I set out for the journey of a lifetime, on a one way ticket to chase the European sun. Since then, I have seen many gorgeous land and seascapes and experienced some memories to last a lifetime. I thought I would share some of my top travel tips for Europe, my favourite destinations to date and of course some of my favourite pics!
TIPS FOR TRAVELLING IN THE EUROPEAN SUMMER
1. Pack light!
It is hot, hot, hot in the summer and the heat is absolutely relentless (trust me I have had heatstroke twice). My top advice is to pack garments with light, breathable material. Pieces made of cotton or linen are an obvious go-to.
2. Don't pack whites
I know you want that perfect shot in Santorini in your favourite Spell white lace garment, but trust me, whites are a pain and a half to take care of while on the go. With limited access to a washing machine, you put yourself at risk of staining your favourite white garments. Obviously, I did not listen to my own advice and brought along my favourite Auguste white dress... But seriously, hassle free is the way to go! My printed garments have been awesome as stains have not been as apparent on them. They are also super versatile and can be dressed up and down.
3. Travel with an open-mind, patience and an acceptance that not everything goes to plan
One of the first days in Greece we watched our very expensive ferry ride drive off into the horizon without us, leaving us stranded on the island of Milos with no ferry to Santorini till the following day. At first it was disheartening, and an expensive process. However we had one more beautiful day and night on Milos which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. It is important to go with this attitude as so often in travel things do not work out, so having the mindset to translate these hiccups into something positive is quite useful to have.
"If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home.” - James A. Michener
Being in a new culture, it is also important to come with an open mind. Every destination has quirks and different practices that may not be similar to your own. It is important to embrace it, like trying something new like a new cuisine or activity, talking to the locals and being patient with cultural practices you may not like (such as European's disregard of queuing, there is no such thing here!). Traveling with an open heart and mind makes the experience more enjoyable and opens you up to more memorable experiences.
I initially travelled to Greece and visited Santorini and Milos. I would truly recommended Milos for it's laid back culture, stunning moonscapes and amazing turquoise waters. After Greece we made our way to the stunning Amalfi coastline and visited Positano, my favourite Italian town. Make sure to have lemon gelato served in a giant lemon here! After Positano we travelled to the Tuscan town of Assisi and experienced divine food and wine. Following this was a few days in Rome for its amazing history, Modena for its incredible Italian food and Venice for its romantic canals. Additionally I did a day trip in Florence which was glorious. Imagine vintage marketplaces filled with leather goods and beautiful white churches with exquisite details.