[trip style = sun + beach + food + wine + spa + luxury + steal]
Once in a blue moon your travels feel almost anointed and you encounter a destination that moves you.
For me, this place is Ischia, Italy, a small island an hour by boat from Naples or Capri.
I'm writing about my "spirit isle" again for two reasons:
1/ I was there at this exact time last year—sipping Rose, noshing on vine-ripened tomato bruschetta, lounging in a spring-fed spa, hanging at beach clubs—and I desperately want to return. At the time, I declared to Mr. Trip Styler, "we should come back here every summer," to which he agreed since it's magical, gorgeous, dripping in dolce vita and well-priced. But, alas, it's now "this summer" and we are not in Italy! Well, sometimes life has other plans for you. More on that next week. Eeeeek!
2/ I just read an article in Travel+Leisure about The Best Islands in Europe in light of their World's Best Awards survey, and Ischia came #1 on the list beating Sicily, Hvar and Santorini! AH, the secret is OUT. Don't go. Ok, go! This accolade is also an exciting confirmation in Trip Styler trend-casting given that I submitted Ischia to Expedia six months ago as a destination to watch in 2016!
[photos by @tripstyler]