How to be a fashionable traveler

 Happy Weekend loves!

Today I want to show in a few simple ways how to be a fashionable traveler and how to style your next vacation! This year I really want to let you have a closer look into my life and daily routine, and show you more, starting from basic “what to pack”s, how to dress during your travels and many other travel tips.

So I’m taking you guys back to Malta, a beautiful Mediterranean island! Finally, I had some time to go through the tons of photos I took during my Christmas Holiday. I decided to start my stories about Malta sharing with you some beautiful pictures taken the day when I wander through St. Julian’s Bay and Sliema City.

Travel is all about immersing yourself in each destination culture. Embrace everything – the people, the places, the food, and the fashion!  Speaking of traveling, the first thing I ever plan and think about are my outfits. My personal style is highly influenced by my travels. Throughout my holidays, Comfort is always on the top of my list, while staying chic of course. Then comes the different kind of layer I could possibly put together with the limited number of pieces that could fit in my suitcase. During this winter holiday, I choose to take with me just a black leather jacket that I wore it every day. The magic behind it was the relaxed fit and chicness giving me an infinite variety of dressy to casual outfits. A leather jacket I think it’s the best choice, modern yet a very sophisticated piece, making it one of the perfect companions for a fashionable traveler.
Here is a quick look at what I wore that day to stroll around Maltese Archipelago. I wanted something stylish and fresh at the same time to help capture my mood. This blue dress is perfect for traveling paired with a pair of sneakers. I love to wear dresses all the time during my travels. You just put on a dress and a pair of sneakers or flats and you are ready to go!

One of my first advice for you when you pack your bags is:

1. Work with the basics then build your look with accessories.

The key is a neutral wardrobe while you’re traveling. It’s better to pack pieces that mix and match and can be worn in more ways than one. Depending on the weather and culture of your destination this can consist of jeans, a little black dress and a little white dress for sunny destinations, a plain white tee, a cotton button up blouse and ballet flats or sneakers. While I’m traveling I love to wear dresses because they are easy to style up, so my luggage is always full of dresses in different colors.

One of the most versatile pieces you can toss in your bag are the throw-on dresses that can be worn in a multitude of ways. Try it by itself with sandals for a day of sightseeing, over your swimsuit for an impromptu lunch, or even layered over your trousers for an unexpected night-out look.

Try different combinations for each garment and remember layering is the key. If you’re going to a cold climate, there’s no need to pack your big sweaters. Go with silk long underwear under your shirt and a jacket on top of that. You’ll be chic and travel savvy. Accessories in different styles and colors can make each piece look completely different! Take with you scarves and jewelry or pick them up while you’re on your travels! They add personality to your overall look.

2. Don’t forget your sneakers at home

Sneakers are my sightseeing shoes. And for winter days loafers and boots. While a ballet flat may seem like a sensible choice, you will want a shoe with structure to have all-day comfort.Wherever you’re going, you need to be prepared for lots of walking and long spans of time away from your hotel!

The sneaker trend is ruling the world right now and slip-on are leading the pack. Spanning a massive range of fun prints, these shoes make airport security a breeze and look cool paired with jeans or even a more formal dress. The style will be dependent on your personal style and the time of the year. I have walked on my toes my entire life and feel more comfortable in heels than a pair of flats. But I wouldn’t wear heels as a sightseer.

SoLeave your heels at home.

3. Always try different hair styles.

Your hairstyles have to suits both your events planned for the day and your look. The ponytail or straight mane are my favorites. It could be also 2 plaits from the front of each side then a low pony or even just a change from a middle part to a side part. They’re super simple but can make a big difference to your look while you’re traveling. Or just wear a hat! Hats are a stylish alternative if you end up getting lazy and perfect for cold days.

4. Carry a decent-sized cross body bag. 

A decent-sized cross-body bag like the one I’m wearing is the way to go for your day-to-day activities when traveling. By decent, I mean something big enough to fit your everyday essentials like cards, money, wallet, phone, map, compact camera, and lipstick, but small enough to be able to sit on the side of your hip without being too heavy. They are so convenient when you are navigating through crowded places and you can swing and hold it to your front defending from pickpockets hang.

With a cross-body bag, your hands will be free! You will be able to take photos, eat gelato and Shopping!

5. Take your red lipstick!

A red lipstick can instantly dress up your outfit and brighten your face! I love to wear it all the time because when I’m traveling I’m too lazy to put my make-up on! So I suggest choosing 2 colors that best match with your skin tone and to try only natural make-up! Because my skin is olive I prefer a classic red or a fun coral in a matte texture.

I hope these simple tips help you with packing for stylish and practical travel outfits.

 Now I’ll leave you with some beautiful photos from my Christmas Holiday. Seriously, I fell madly in love with Malta from St.Julian’s Bay where we stayed to the Island of Gozo.

The spirit of each city was captivating and you must see it with your own eyes!

St.Julian’s Bay is a renowned sea resort and prestigious tourist destination, even more peaceful, elegant and better equipped than Sliema. This old fishing village developed around the Chapel of St.Julian overlooks a delightful narrow bay. The coast road along this beautiful part of the shore is quite lovely. A typical scene of St.Julian’s Bay are the old and modern buildings that surround the edge of the bay, which is continuously patrolled by fleets of boats. St.Julian’s has many attractions including the Casino and the rough and rocky coast where, despite everything, unusual structures that are quite comfortable have been created, intended to make bathing easier and to enable visitors to sunbathe and relax. You must also know that St. Julian’s Bay is Malta’s night-time hub and where its beautiful people come to clink glasses and party ‘til dawn. At the far end of the bay, you can find a genuine rarity for Malta – a tiny beach of fine golden and compact sand, a little corner of paradise and a spot much frequented by tourists.

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We follow the promenade that day and a bit further down the coast we found the neighbor Sliema.
The name of this town is derived from the Arab meaning “Greetings!” and recalls the traditional salute of the Maltese sailors to the church of Our Lady as they entered or left the port. The town is situated on the peninsula which forms the northwest side of the port of Marsamxett.
Sliema is the most populous and active center of the entire Maltese Archipelago. It was a quiet fishing village back in the day, but it’s now a cosmopolitan hub of trendy cafés, restaurants, and shops. It is no surprise therefore that one of the island’s best-known symbols are the highly colored boats which are derived from ancient Phoenician vessels. The Luzzu is a traditional fishing boat while the Dghajsa is not unlike the Venetian gondola, but more colorful used for transporting people and goods.
The Dghajsa is now only seen in the Grand Harbour. The fantastic natural havens of the Maltese archipelago are immersed in a blue, transparent sea, complemented by stunning colors, scents and flavors, the product of jealously guarded and centuries-old traditions. With careful modernization and infrastructures of the highest quality, Malta remains a fascinating island in the Mediterranean. Much enjoyed by tourists and offering many attractions, Malta and the splendid islands of Comino and Cominotto still delight with their unspoiled nature and peaceful silence, lapped by a crystal clear sea.

Stay tuned this week for more articles about my adventures in Malta.

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Malta truly is the perfect destination if you want a romantic and totally relaxing holiday.

Please share and happy travels!