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.

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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.

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Getting ready to go on a getaway? The last thing you want is to feel stressed about stuff like arriving at the airport on time, who’s going to dog sit for you or maybe (definitely) what to pack. We’re always looking for new ways to make vacay planning more streamlined, so we turned to our styling expert Lisa for some tips. Her advice? Pick a color and run with it—for the whole trip.

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The 5-Minute Guide to Philadelphia with Photographer Reema Desai


There’s nothing quite like a weekend getaway—but when time is tight, you need to spend it well. So we invited a few of our travel-loving friends to hit up their favorite driveable destinations and report back with mini guides (think something you could read in five minutes). This time, travel photographer Reema Desai checks in from Philadelphia.

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Three Talented Ladies, Three Winter Escapes

As you can probably tell from the bikini picture, we’ve got vacation on the brain. We asked three of our favorite creative ladies whose work inspires us to spill their own winter getaway plans. And, because we couldn’t help ourselves, we had to know the one thing they always pack, no matter what the destination.


Mara Hoffman: Swimwear designer extraordinaire (aka, the genius brain behind the most amazingly covetable psych-art prints around)

Where are you headed for a winter escape?

I’m hoping to get away to Miami the second fashion week is over!

Is there anything you always like to travel with?

I have a weird thing where I have to wear a special bracelet when I fly.

Sadie Stein: Talented scribe, deputy editor of the Paris Review, bespectacled gal icon

Where are you headed for a winter escape?

I’m not typically a tropical-vacation kind of girl, but the recent frigid weather has everyone dreaming of sun. My dream getaway is something low-key and easy, like Florida’s Pine Island, a 17-mile refuge on the Gulf Coast that’s filled with charm and natural beauty. A weekend of reading and biking sounds just about perfect right about now.

Is there anything you always like to travel with?

Whenever I travel, I get a new perfume. Nothing expensive—in fact, samples are perfect for most vacations—but it needs to be something I’ve never worn before. I spray it on before I leave for the airport and immediately feel like my vacation has started. Later, whenever I smell that scent, it takes me immediately back to my trip. 

Shruti Rya Ganguly: Senior producer at MTV World, producer and director at James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions, maker of music videos we actually want to watch

Where are you headed for a winter escape?

In the winter, I usually head home to Oman in the Middle East for a much-needed getaway. I get to see my family and friends for the holidays, and am by/in/under the sea almost every day whether I’m going for a jog, a swim or for some scuba diving. Oman is also the type of place where time is on your side and you can sit back, relax and recoup. 

Is there anything that you always like to travel with?

When I travel, I always take my diver’s log book so I can document my dives.

Our summer trip checklist

Plane ticket? Check. Everything you’ll want to wear when you get there? Well, that’s another story—which is why we saved you the trouble and created our complete guide to summer getaway style. Discover all the best pieces to pack before you go at

And don’t forget to tune into our latest free playlist, chock full of beachy beats:

1. “Far Away” by Best Coast
2. “Tane Mahuta” by The Ruby Suns
3. “Sun Demon” by Stereolab
4. “Beach Holiday” by Fort Lean
5. “Dance. Dance. Dance.” by Lykke Li
6. “Let’s Go Surfing” by The Drums

P.S. Happy first day of summer!