Once the weather starts warming up, it’s like there’s a little voice in our heads saying: “Get out there, explore.” That feeling makes us want to drag our carry-ons out of our closets, pack a couple of swimsuits, throw on a beachy hat and just go. Before booking our own trip, we caught up with some travel-savvy women who shared a few vacay tips (and their gorgeous snaps) after staying at the dreamy Hotel San Cristóbal in Todos Santos, Mexico.

Lucy Laucht, serial wanderluster behind These Foreign Lands

Pro travel tip: “Pick your airplane seat in advance using Seat Guru to avoid being stuck in the dreaded middle seat!” And once you arrive, unpack right away “to help feel settled.”

Suitcase essential: “Wherever I go, I keep these little Moleskine journals of Polaroids, observations and drawings. I find it helps me pause and really focus on what’s around me.”

How she plans: “I obsessively research Pinterest, Instagram and the travel section of T Magazine.” Some of her favorite Insta inspo? @carnetstraverse, @stellaspoils and @dantom.

Alyssa Coscarelli, Refinery29’s fashion market editor

How she doesn’t plan: “I love getting there with no plans or obligations and just rolling with each day, going through recommendations once I arrive.”

Beachside entertainment: Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann and Kendrick Lamar’s new album.

Jet-lag hack: Stick to your destination’s time zone the best you can. And once you’re there? “Hot showers are always great too.”

Michele Ouellet, cofounder of Lorenza Rosé (and our model-muse)

Go-to travel outfit: “Right now it’s the Perfect Vintage Jean, Vans and a hoodie. And I always have a leather jacket with me no matter what time of year or where I’m going—airports are cold!”

In her carry-on: “Bring a notebook to keep track of ideas and inspiration along the way.”

Post-vacay pick-me-up: “I try to get some exercise ASAP even though sometimes it’s the last thing I feel like doing! Kombucha really helps when I’m feeling low-energy too.”

Those suggestions have us so ready to get away—and we’ll have more for you coming soon, so stay tuned for another batch of stunning photos and pro travel tips. But in the meantime, enter our sweeps for your chance to win your own trip to Todos Santos, plus $4,000 for vacay shopping here (!).*


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