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Climb That Mountain!

Welcome to our monthly round-up series of inspiring and insightful stories from our online lifestyle magazine, SunKiss Life.

Last month, we considered some aspects of a ‘Good Life’ in our round-up of stories from SunKiss Life. This month we’re homing in on a particular aspect of living life in full colour - travel! Say goodbye to daydreaming about travel and join us on a journey to some of Europe's wonders. Seize the opportunity to shed the hustle of modernity, join the moment, and open your senses to the world.

Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.

– Jack Kerouac

Photo by Josh Miller, Unsplash

Take A Leap into The Unknown

Before take-off – have you considered opening the door to one of life's most enriching experiences - solo travelling? It likely feels like taking a leap into the unknown, but you might discover that you are stronger and more outgoing than you thought you were, and happier in your own company than you ever imagined.

Solo travel opens up a world of possibility, of adventure and of new encounters that could change your life and will lift your self-confidence. Of course, traveling alone has its perils too, but a little preparation and common sense can and get you through the rough spots.

If you’re a woman you might want to take a few extra precautions; from ensuring you do the correct research about your destination, to making sure your valuables and cash are kept safe. Travel experts share their top tips to help keep you safe and secure when traveling alone.

Fly Carefree

Also, even if you once flew without a care in the world, does the idea of boarding a flight now make you feel more anxious simply because it's no longer something you’re used to doing?

While some people have already flown to far-off destinations, some of us are approaching trips for the first time since the pandemic started. Understandably, there may be some trepidation as what was once routine has become non-routine.

On top of the travel anxiety, there may be pandemic-related admin requirements like organising lateral flow tests the day before flying (and crossing your fingers you’ll be fit to fly).

Whether you’re feeling a new twinge of anxiety around flying, or your existing fear of flying has gotten worse, know that you’re not alone in how you’re feeling. Happiful have some tips that may help ease your anxiety, including avoiding caffeine and alcohol.

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Peachy Beaches

No matter your taste in beach, Europe boasts miles of pristine coastline with Caribbean-like beaches, secret coves, quaint fishermen villages, and charming islands.

If you’re not sure which of these beautiful spots to visit this summer, the European Best Destination’s 2022 list has something for everyone: from golden sand and secluded, hidden, or wild beaches, for romantic escapes or family adventures.

The 22 beaches selected are the most voted by thousands of travellers from 82 countries.

Voted for seven years among the most beautiful islands in the world, the Madeira Islands Porto Santo Beach is this year’s #1. Stretching over 9 km from Villa Baleira to Ponta de Calheta, the golden sandy beaches are the treasure of this island known as "Ilha Dourada" (the golden island) in Portuguese.

Spain, Greece, and Italy (with seven beaches ranked) are also among the top. Discover all 22 dream destinations voted by world travellers.

Keep it Natural

Swimming is one of summer’s greatest pleasures – especially if it’s a natural swimming pool where architecture meet’s nature’s grand design. Inspired by the beauty and joy of swimming in mountain lakes, a team of Austrian researchers are credited with launching a movement back in the 1980’s that saw chlorinated swimming pools being replaced by natural ones.

While designs vary, the basic premise is that beyond the swimming area there’s a “regeneration zone”, where aquatic plants and sand act as a natural filter for oxygenising and cleaning the water, also providing a habitat for wildlife and insects – expect to see dragonflies and butterflies flitter across the water.

With no chemicals or electricity for driving large pumps they’re good for wildlife – and your skin too. From a treehouse camp in France to an organic farm in Ibiza, dive into the Guardian for 10 of Europe’s best holiday sites with natural swimming pools.

Photo by Brooke Lark, Unsplash

Live like a Mediterranean

The Mediterranean way of life is rightly renowned as one of the healthiest and most sustainable ways to live. Across the region, meals are considered an occasion - a reason to savour being together with loved ones - and spending time with family, savouring regional wine and tapas or meze (small plates), prioritizing relaxation (think of the Spanish siesta!) and maintaining friendships lies at the heart of well-being.

Twenty-one countries border the sea’s long coastline, which connects Western and Southern Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia. Mariott Bonvoy Traveller presents nine exceptional places to experience unique variations on the Mediterranean way of living.

Plain Sailing in Greece

We’ve arrived at our end destination - Greece. Unsurprisingly, it is of the most popular and attractive destinations for sailors globally. One reason that makes sailing in Greece so beautiful is the large variety of islands. The country has around 3,000 islands, the most in the Mediterranean.

Greece has many different climates and vegetations and significant variations in culture and architecture. Since the Greek sailing areas have so much to offer, from the numerous islands to the cultural heritage to the affordable prices, you will need more than just a sailing trip to explore this wonderful country, whether a beginner or a professional.

GTP headlines cover everything essential you need to know about yacht charter in Greece from general information about sailing in Greece, to the best time to sail, the weather, and the most beautiful islands.

Photo by Wix

We hope that you've enjoyed this flying visit to some of Europe's dream destinations. Tell us about your travel experiences this summer on #SunKissLife, we love hearing from you! In the meantime, happy travels 🌻


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