I recently went on a vacation to Spain, which had been one of my dreams ever since I started learning Spanish in middle school. Though I slowly realized throughout the trip that my Spanish abilities had worsened, I had an absolutely amazing time there! The highlights of the trip, to name a few, were observing the beautiful architecture, visiting art museums, indulging in lots of yummy food, and freely exploring the cities of Madrid and San Sebastian until late at night. Also, I really enjoyed spending quality time with my older sisters, since it’s rare for us to plan a vacation together in our busy lives!
El Mercado de San Miguel
Me & my sisters in San Sebastian
Puerta del Sol in Madrid
The Royal Palace of Madrid
I travel pretty often, and there are a few essentials that I always pack with me wherever I go: a journal, a scarf, a crossbody purse, and a clutch purse. Here’s how I used these items in Spain (and some Lydali products you could purchase for your own trip!)
It’s been a tradition in my family to bring a journal on our vacations and have everyone write their accounts of the day (and make comments about other people’s entries). We would also tape in tickets from planes, trains, museums, and other tourist sites. It’s always fun to read the journal a few years after the trip and recollect on all those amazing memories … there are some details in writing that pictures alone fail to capture!
A CROSSBODY PURSE:
My choice of purse for travel is definitely the crossbody purse. A tote or hobo bag are too heavy to carry around when I have to walk many miles per day, and a backpack is a very easy target for pickpocketers. The crossbody purse is perfect because its light, easy to carry, and always in my sight. It’s just the perfect size to carry my phone, camera, and some cash.
A LIGHT SCARF:
Even though Spain was mostly warm during the day, the temperature tended to drop at night. A light scarf definitely saved me during those windy nights of walking around the city. Plus, a fun patterned scarf can always spice up my outfit and serve as an alternative to a light jacket. It’s much more versatile!
Finally, a clutch is an essential for a nice, fancy meal on your trip. Since my sisters and I really enjoy eating, we dined at a few Michelin-starred restaurants in Madrid and San Sebastian. At a more formal restaurant setting, women will dress nicely and carry smaller clutches than during the day. I especially love the colors on this Pink Kuta Clutch and think it would go great with a simple dress!