If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Europeans since moving to Switzerland; it’s that they take vacation time very seriously. It’s actually called ‘holidays‘ and compared to the US, it seems they get A LOT more. I feel fortunate to be located in Europe which makes it easier to travel; but I’ve always taken ‘Simple Escapes.‘ Whether it was sneaking out of the office back in San Francisco for a mid-day fro-yo topped with Gummi bears and fresh raspberries, or taking an evening walk on the Embarcadero pretending I was a tourist in my own city.
My family and I just spent a week in Majorca, Spain during their first visit to Europe. One night we ate at a secret restaurant with Spanish style home-cooking overlooking the Mediterranean. I wore a new dress so lightweight and easy-to-wear designed by a friend I recently met in Zurich. She went to Bali years ago, fell in love with it, and started her clothing line called ‘Back from Bali.’ It’s sold on Amazon which can be a pricy ‘escape’ on its own and although I’ve never been to Bali, I had it as a screen saver for a few months. And this brings me to a few ‘simple summer escapes‘. And speaking of screen savers; make yours’ a photo of your dream destination and then find a way to get there whether its 2016, ’17, or beyond…
<Shopping Sites that Makes Life a Breeze ~ I love Switzerland, but shopping is another story unless you’re immune to sticker shock. It’s actually easier and less expensive to send items to my mom and have her mail them over. Lately, I’m loving Amazon and Nordstrom has one of the best return policies and overall customer service – unlike this Comcast fiasco that just went viral.>
<Savor Outdoor Ambiance> One of my favorite summer memories growing up in California was being able to eat dinner outside on our back porch. There are only so many nights of summer left on the calendar, so enjoy!>
<Time Out with the Family ~ Now, that I’m living in Europe I don’t see my parents or siblings as often as I’d like so I definitely took advantage catching up while they were here. Having a glass of bubbly is a lot more fun in person than over Skype. pic: my youngest brother Paul/dad/mom/me/husband>
<A Summer Smartphone Cleanse ~ Although I’m snapping a pic with my brother’s phone here; for the majority of last week, I never carried my phone with me during the day. I’m not strong enough to do a ’30 day phone detox,’ but I highly recommend cutting down when you can.>
<A Vacation State of Mind ~ Messy up-do’s after a day at the beach or pool are perfect for summer evenings! And when I want to pretend my face is getting color (even though I drench it in SPF75 every morning), I apply Clarins Liquid Bronze Self-Tanner which doesn’t break me out and will give your face a very light gradual tan.>
Do you have any tips for simple daily escapes for summer?