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Hiking a Volcano and Sipping Endless Frappés in Santorini | Travel Diary

Our series about wanderlust-worthy, slightly off-the-grid vacation hotspots, with local picks (and gorgeous pics) from our intrepid Nordstrom crew.

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GLOBETROTTER: Laura Oxford, Digital Copy Manager

WHY THERE? I’ve always wanted to visit the Greek islands. There are so many to choose from, but Santorini has the reputation of being one of the most gorgeous. The island was formed out of lava from a volcanic eruption, and the central part of the volcano sank into the sea to create a crater, or caldera. We flew to Athens and then took a 30-minute flight to Santorini. I definitely recommend flying versus taking the 8-hour ferry ride.

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Swimming in Caves and Binging on Curry in Ko Phi Phi, Thailand | Travel Diary

Our series about wanderlust-worthy, slightly off-the-grid vacation hotspots, with local picks (and gorgeous pics) from our intrepid Nordstrom crew.

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GLOBETROTTER: Emma James, Senior Web Designer

WHY THERE? My boyfriend was on an around-the-world trip and wanted me to meet him somewhere. Thailand was one of his stops, and I had never been there—plus the idea of lying on a tropical beach sounded amazing. I met him in Bangkok and we flew to Krabi Town (the gateway to the southwestern Thai beach resorts) and then went by boat to the islands of Ko Ngai, Ko Jum and Ko Phi Phi Don.

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Milan Fashion Week: A Texas-Born Handbag Designer on How to Live Like an Italian

During last season’s Paris Fashion Week, a friend of a friend introduced me to Allison Nicole Hoeltzel. Birds of a feather do tend to flock together, and Americans abroad will find each other, then meet up over burgers and Champagne to balance the whole thing out. Allison actually lives, works and operates a handbag line called Officina del Poggio in Milan, so while all of fashion is enjoying la bella vita we asked Allison to help us with a primer on how you can do it too.
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Lucky for us, she obliged, filling us in not only on the neon-orange happy hour bev of choice, all the haute hot spots and cool cafes, but on what not to wear and do.

 

WHEN IN MILANO …HERE’S WHAT TO DO

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Fresh Nutmeg Cocktails and Under-the-Sea Trails in Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands | Travel Diary

Our series about wanderlust-worthy, slightly off-the-grid vacation hotspots, with local picks (and gorgeous pics) from our intrepid Nordstrom crew.

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GLOBETROTTER: Kara Fenoglietto, Associate Fashion Forecaster

WHY THERE? I was about to move from Ft. Myers, Florida, to Seattle, and wanted to go somewhere for one last weekend of island hopping. I had never been to St. John or Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands and made a spontaneous decision to check them out.

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Running from the Sun in Marrakech | Travel Diary

Our series about vacation hotspots, with local picks (and gorgeous pics) from our intrepid Nordstrom crew.

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GLOBETROTTER: Britt Olson, Editorial Content Strategist

WHY GO THERE? We had been traveling in southern Spain: Málaga, Seville, Granada. 103-degree weather just wasn’t hot enough. I’m very much joking! Really, plane tickets to Marrakech from Seville were very affordable during July, and I had never been to Africa. Morocco has always fascinated me, with its French influences, souks and its literary associations (mostly Paul Bowles and William S. Burroughs).

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Haunted Beaches and the World’s Best Fish Tacos in Sayulita, Mexico | Travel Diary

Our first in a series about wanderlust-worthy, slightly off-the-grid vacation hotspots, with local picks (and gorgeous pics) from our intrepid Nordstrom crew.

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GLOBETROTTER: Toby Milner, Creative Director

WHY THERE? I’ve gone about seven times since 2002—I love Sayulita because it’s an authentic Mexican surf town with a mix of international people. It’s really safe—you can walk everywhere and don’t need to rent a car. Also, NO BUGS.

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