Musings: Vitamin Sea*

Me in Barcelona in 2010…

Summer is so close you can taste it. If you have holiday plans, chances are you’re getting pretty excited. From putting it on your calendar to browsing the shops for new clothes… there is something about holiday planning that is really satisfying. 

You’ll be reading all the travel tips you can get your hands on, and thinking about what you want to take. It’s no surprise; going away in the summer is the best part of anyone’s year. Nothing’s as good for escaping the daily grind. We’re going to go ahead and assume you’ve got travel guides galore (Or have read through all TripAdvisor reviews). But, chances are you haven’t planned your beach excursions. They’re the more chill part of the holiday, aren’t they?

But, planning is still necessary. Here’s how to get the most of your beach time…

How I miss LA


First, ensure you’ve got everything you need. You may not want to take much with you – it’ll be hot, after all. But, there are a few things you need to hand. A sun hat is a must. Otherwise, you’ll overheat and ruin your experience. Make sure, too, that you keep a towel with you. Most beaches do offer sun loungers, but they come at a fair price. During peak season, you could end up paying extortionate amounts. Get a cheap towel which will last you throughout your stay. One thing’s sure; you won’t be able to sit on the scorching sand. Last, but by no means least, you need sun cream. Don’t skip this stage because you want a tan. Getting burnt is a sure way to ruin your holiday.


Who doesn’t love to hit the beach with a good book? Reading by the sea is escapism at its finest. Opt for something lighthearted to sink your teeth into. There are many fantastic guides about the best beach reads. Recent releases to keep an eye out for include ‘The Girls in The Garden’ by Lisa Jewell, and ‘Eight Hundred Grapes’ by Laura Dave. Aim for something set in a sunny climate. Reading about other people on holiday is a fantastic way to immerse yourself! Take your mind on a break whilst you’re on a break… 


Cabo Verde has a special place in my heart.


After your day of sunning, you may not feel your best. Heat and sand can leave us feeling clogged and dirty, which is not what you want for your holiday evenings. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to grab a shower before going out for your evening meal. This will cool you down and clean you off. Think, too, about getting those layers of sunscreen off. Something like the Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic face brush is your best bet. You want to thoroughly cleanse your clogged pores, and get rid of any stray sand! How else can you achieve that fresh-faced glow? It’s also worth applying some after sun while you have the chance. Otherwise, you could be in for a fair bit of pain!

No drama in Palma…

Beach bathing doesn’t take much planning, but a little can’t hurt. Doing things the right way will ensure you get the most of the experience. You’ve gone far enough for it, after all! You’ll want to make the most of every luxurious second.

Just remember if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail… 

Char xo

Please note, this is a collaborative post.

Turkey in 2010…

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