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To prove that we’re not withholding any information vis-à-vis untouched beaches or trails less trodden, we’ve done a quick whip around the office to share the SUITCASE team’s summer holiday plans with you.

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Sebastian Bland, Creative Director

Provence

While I have lived my entire life in England, my grandmother is French and grew up in a small village called Mollans-Sur-Ouvèze. A life spent in England has produced a quintessentially English man but when I spend time in France I rediscover my familiar French heritage. This invariably involves prolific cigarette smoking, plentiful local wine and a wholesome diet of cheese, and cheese alone. My summers have always been a reflection of my francophile alter ego – someone who can live carefree, no stress caused by the relentless London buzz life, meditatively watching the sun set.

Sarah Bentley, Head of Digital

Ischia

I’m bypassing Capri and its crowds of holiday-goers in favour of that other Gulf of Naples gem – Ischia. Elusive and understated where Capri is bustling and notorious, I first visited Ischia as child and with vague memories of azure expanses and simple days, I’m eager to return. Fantastical visions of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton calmly sailing by on their boat have me yearning for glamorous island living. To be on an island, surrounded by halcyon, Italian gardens and cerulean seas is the anthesis of daily London life; which for me is the natural choice for a holiday.

Olivia Squire, Print Editor

Corsica, Japan, Italy, Miami

This summer I’ll be spiritual pilgrimaging with a Japanese monk, seeking silence on an Italian mountaintop hamlet called Civita di Bagnoregio and then ruining it all with a long weekend of (to quote our Digital Ed, India) “rosé and regret” in Miami’s South Beach. I’m forgoing a Canadian road trip with friends in order to send SUITCASE 24 off to print, but instead I’ll be heeding the advice of our “Where to Go in July” list and driving from the north to the south of the island of Corsica, hoping to avoid any vertiginous cliffside roads along the way…

Shivani Kochhar, Associate to Founder

Sri Lanka

This summer I’m flying to Sri Lanka. I’ve always wanted to visit the scenic island with its mix of rich culture and sandy beaches. I’m after a bit of an adventure, so I’m heading there with my best friend and no fixed plans – disasters and lots of laughter are guaranteed. We’ll spend our time exploring the hill country, lazing on the beach and eating. Hopefully we’ll see an elephant too!

India Dowley, Digital Editor

Transylvania, Ibiza, Thessaly, Puglia

I feel like a child in a sweetshop in the summer; so many gorgeous European destinations to choose from and not enough time. This year I’m spending a long weekend in Puglia with a girlfriend – I know I’m a bit late to the party but I’ve been meaning to go for ages, and Serena has advised heading to the far south where there are fewer tourists. Then I’m going in search of Dracula and cycling around Transylvania before making my annual hedonistic pilgrimage to Ibiza (I was going to pretend I doing a yoga retreat but that couldn’t be further from the truth). Then I’m winding down with my mother in a place called Pelion in Thessaly. It’s a completely off-grid stretch of beautiful coastline dotted with sleepy fishing villages that nobody outside of Greece knows about – yet.

Serena Guen, CEO and Founder

Miami and (most of) Europe

I always think that there is no better place to spend summer than Europe – as long as you avoid the crowds. In June, I’ll be travelling to Sardinia and staying at the famous Cala di Volpi Hotel just before high season, going to swelteringly hot Miami for LE Miami where I’ll be hanging out at Soho Beach House and the Design District, followed a road trip in the south of France and ending the month at one of the hottest hotels of the moment São Lourenço do Barrocal in Portugal. In July you will find me in Tuscany and August in Porto Ercole at the Hotel Pellicano. I’ll be finishing my summer in the Highlands stomping through fields of heather and trying not to get bitten by midges.

Ranyhyn Akui, Social Media Editor

Norway, Menorca, Slovenia

It’s all about summer road trips for me – accompanied by an epic playlist, of course. In Norway I’ll be driving from Bergen to Alesund through the northern fjords, probably stopping for every mountain view, lake and valley along the way (hopefully without getting lost). Then, because it’s not summer without at least one Mediterranean holiday, I’m taking inspiration from SUITCASE Vol. 21 and going in search of secret beaches in Menorca, before rounding off the season with a lengthy drive from the coast of Slovenia all they way to Lake Bled.

Linda Blank, Commercial Director

Seville, Albania, Sicily, Hamburg

My summer itinerary is guided by variety. First up, it’s Seville for a Spanish culture hit via Moorish architecture, to sherry making and flamenco. Next, I’m Sicily bound for a taste of the la dolce vita, followed a few days later by a trip to Albania. Albania is somewhere I’ve never explored before and have heard the Mediterranean beaches remain (for now at least) untouched. Finally, for a fix of art and design (and some family obligations) I’m heading to Hamburg to round up the summer in a city that feels like home.

Gilly Hopper, Deputy Digital Editor

St Petersburg, Mexico City

St Petersburg is my first trip of the summer. By May/June white nights have begun and the ballet season is in full swing. I’m planning a culture-filled weekend away with The Mariinsky II and Erarta top of the list. I’m also keen to visit any and/or all of the Ginza Project restaurants and to scope out some of the recent openings on Rubinstein Street. At the tail-end of summer, I’m opting for a shoulder-season holiday and heading to Mexico City in late September. Although an ardent fan of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s works,  I’m making a beeline for Soumaya and the Museo Jumex. Galleries aside, I’m keen to take a day-trip to the man-made islands in Xochimilco, the so-called “Venice of the New World.” My Irish complexion remains blissfully ignorant of the intense sun it will soon endure.

 

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