Travel in Style to Summer's Hot Spots
World Traveler Lee Abbamonte and OK! Mag's Style Director Pandora Amoratis share what to pack and where to go
"When you're traveling in the U.S., I recommend buying your tickets four months in advance," says Lee, "I generally find that's the optimal time to do it -- and if you're traveling internationally, try to look about ten months in advance, and that's normally when you'll find the best deals."
Lee says one of the places you must hit this summer is Dublin, Ireland. "They have the Guinness Storehouse, which is one of the coolest places to go in Dublin -- it's actually their #1 tourist attraction in all of Ireland." When you're there, you can learn all about the beer -- from how it's made, to how to pour the perfect pint. When you walk into the storehouse, you are actually standing at the bottom of the world's largest pint glass, with a capacity of 14.3 million pints of Guinness. That's a lot of beer. At the top, the Gravity Bar offers 360-degree panoramic views of Dublin, which is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. You can sit at the bar and talk to the bartenders, locals and tourists alike. Learn more at guinnessstorehouse.com.
Before you head out the door, don't forget your tan! For a little bit of pre-vacation color, Pandora prefers Jergens Natural Glow Firming Daily Moisturizer. "It not only gives you that great, natural-looking, even color, but also visibly firmer skin, so you can definitely look your best before that getaway," she says. It's formulated with an exclusive firm-perfecting complex, so, in as little as seven days, you can experience visibly firmer skin, less noticeable cellulite and improved elasticity. The best part is, it doesn't have that odor that you come to expect with those other types of formulas. It's only $8.99 at drugstores and grocery stores.
"Travel should be fun," says Pandora, "We don't have to settle on dull luggage anymore." She loves the fresh and new look from French company Lipault. "It's soft luggage, it comes in vibrant colors, it's super lightweight," she says. There are no hard edges, and it expands to allow you to pack more. It's soft, durable, water-resistant and made from a high-tech nylon. And you will have no problem finding your bag at baggage claim with all the colors that they offer. Check out all the styles and colors at lipault.com.
How to pack?
"You want to put your toiletries up at the top, for ease when getting checked at the airport, and also just for ease of using," says Lee. Put your heavier items at the bottom, and anything fragile should be placed in the middle, surrounded by your clothes for cushion. For more of Lee's travel tips, head over to leeabbamonte.com.