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If you haven't already started it this summer, it's time to take a moment and get your summer bucket list underway. I've been inspired to finally do so after seeing so many of my girlfriends creating beautiful memories with their friends and families (and on solo adventures too!) already this summer!
As my book release date draws closer and closer I'm personally traveling a little bit less - just a teeny bit less really, but still - considering last year around this time I was on the 7th of 9 road trips around the US, I'm considering weekend getaways to be easy ways to keep that wanderlust spirit alive.
Today I'm sharing 3 destinations for Southern Summer Road Trips - each of these are included in the pages of the book - plus I'm including a few more outtakes from Wanderful, and a couple of photos that will be featured too! I'm also including a few reminders of how to have a successful summer road trip, I mention the necessities often here - and truly making sure you're prepared before you hit the highway is so important!
What's on my preparation list?
Music, snacks and cute outfits of course, however - as important? Jumper cables, a tire patch kit, water, hand sanitizer and essential oil aromoas to keep the car smelling fresh. I also always take our SUV in for service before long haul road trips: have your tires checked, fluids topped and certainly get your oil changed if your nearing the mileage mark for that (more on that at the close of the post!).
Once you've gotten the essentials checked off your list it's time to hit the road! So here we go, 3 destinations for a southern summer road trip:
Vibe: Old World European village meets small town hospitality. The silhouettes in the town center are inspired by the West Indies, New Orleans and Charleston style architecture. Deep eaves, high ceilings, gardens, and fountain-filled courtyards pepper the community. Most 30A (that's the name of the stretch of highway running along these coastal beaches) first timers comment that they never knew America had such beaches - they’d maybe traveled to Hawaii or to the Southern Caribbean thinking that’s the only place they’d find white sandscapes and emerald waters like these.
What to Wear: A monochromatic or floral romper, maybe pack one of each, a new bikini and a flowy caftan for the evening out.
Hang outs: Rent a bike, grab a beach ball and go play on the sprawling green lawn. Strolling around the town center, you’ll find there’s a little of everything, candy and coffee shops, restaurants and boutiques. At sunset the sky in Rosemary is a tapestry of colors making it an artist's delight.
Vibe: Nostalgic and energizing, with shiny chrome and faded pastels filling your eye. Miami is cleverly referred to as the “American Riviera.”
What to Wear: I like to imagine a 1940’s Rita Hayworth double dating with Orson Welles, their crew fully dressed to the nines. It's a place to summon your inner bombshell. Throw on a sheer printed mini shirt dress over your crocheted monokini, add shiny sandals and statement jewelry and you’re set!
Hang outs: The beach of course, however there's the Art-Deco District, with properties ranging from some of the finest hotels in the world to luxury hostels, with summer camp vibes; there's the Wynwood Art District comprised of art complexes, eclectic restaurants and cafes and one of the largest open-air mural installations in the world and Little Havana, where fruit stands, coffee windows (or ventanitas), art galleries and cuban-afro beat music keep things lively.
Vibe: Like Rosemary Beach, Seaside sits along Highway 30A; the vibe is Truman Show (it was filmed in and around the area) meets Airstream party and picket-fence perfectness.
What to Wear: Seaside caters to the girl that always has a towel stashed in her jeep, sunscreen in her glovebox and a bikini in her bag.
Hang outs: There’s really three places to hang out in Seaside: the beach, for all the same reasons we talked about above; the town center, which is the central hub of all of 30A, and then the Ruskin Place Artist colony, which originated as a workshop district with artisans living above their workspaces surrounding sculpture-filled Fairy Park.
I can't wait to see where you guys are adventuring to this summer! Be sure to leave a comment below to share your #summerbucketlist dreams!
When it comes to summer road trips, I've got quite a few checklists so be sure to take a look at those if you need a packing list, if you're going glamping, need a beauty must have list or might be spending time in the deserts out west.
The SUV we take on road trips has over 150k miles - and we've driven it all over the country. We drop our car off for the DIFM (Do-It-For-Me) oil change service with Pennzoil specifically from the Walmart ACC while we grab everything else on our travel essentials checklist. There's nothing worse than getting stuck somewhere from a car breakdown, it's so important to keep your car running well while out on the road!
Thanks for following along my wanderful friends!
photos 1 & 4 Ben via 35mm, photos 2, 3, 5 Hunter Holder for Wanderful.