As promised, we’re back with more travel-savvy advice and envy-inducing photos from a few of our friends who recently stayed at the new Hotel San Cristóbal in Todos Santos, Mexico. Discover the dos (and some don’ts) they swear by, scratch that let’s-get-out-of-here itch and find out how you can score a beach vacay of your own.

Kate Arends, creative and creator of Wit & Delight

On-flight look: “A relaxed tee, boyfriend jeans, loafers and a wrap.”

Off-flight look: “Comfortable basics in fun colors, a great dinner dress, espadrilles and a cozy sweater for chilly nights.”

Reading material: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, Made to Stick by Chip & Dan Heath and Shoe Dog by Phil Knight.

Nikki Huganir & Erica Blumenthal, best friends and geniuses behind Yes Way Rosé

Their getaway plan: “We often get inspired to visit certain places for a specific restaurant or event. Once we planned an entire trip to Napa around a Panda Bear concert in a vineyard.”

Jet-lag remedies: “No caffeine!” says Erica. And Nikki? “No naps!”

The can’t-leave-home-withouts: Erica wants to live in a bikini for most of her stay, so “several beach- or pool-friendly options and cover-ups.” Nikki always has portable speakers on hand “for spontaneous dance parties.”

Christina Pérez, avid traveler slash Inside Elsewhere writer

In her Transport Tote: “A few essential oils (usually patchouli and clary sage), some almond oil to moisturize my hands and face and a notebook for jotting down ideas. For some reason, being on a plane makes me want to write!”

In her suitcase: “Sun Bum sunscreen, a little denim dress, jean shorts and a swimsuit. What more could you need?”

On her itinerary: “I usually have a short list of bars, restaurants and shops I want to visit. I’ll chat up the bartender or the shopkeeper at those places to get their recommendations. If you jam up your schedule with too many things, you’ll miss the sense of discovery that makes traveling so fun.”

We asked our friends how they deal with those vacation’s-almost-over feels and they all had the same response: Book the next one. If you’re ready to escape, make sure to enter our Yes Way, Getaway sweeps here for a chance to win a trip to Mexico, plus $4,000 for vacay shopping (!).


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