Vacation Destination

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Vicarious Vacation: Our Print Director’s Trip to Iceland

Try as you might, sometimes you can’t get away. Whether it’s because your PTO bank is low or your bank account is, a holiday isn’t always on the horizon. When beset by a deficit of vacation days, it’s fun to live vicariously through your well-traveled pals.

This week we’ve been poring over the stunning pics of Nordstrom’s print design director, Kim Chin, who just returned from Iceland. We can practically feel the chill coming from her cool shots of this Nordic land famed for its hospitality, its geologic landscape and for giving the world Bjork (takk!). Find out where to dine, stay and swim, plus what to pack.

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Jet Set Go: 5 Luxury Eco Resorts and What to Wear There

Getting back to nature can be gritty, if that’s your thing. Or, as these carefully considered eco resorts show, it can be pure, pampered bliss. Within their gorgeous and distinct settings (such as the rocky Newfoundland coast, the mountains of Montana, the Utah desert) these destinations offer unparalleled luxury, catering to their guests while caring for Mother Nature.

Here are five top eco destinations, plus the perfect packing lists.

GET READY TO GO ECO

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Jet Set Go: What to Wear and Do in Isla Holbox and Marrakesh

If you’re going to get away, go far. We surveyed some of the most well-traveled people we know to find out which destinations left the biggest impressions. Two places kept coming up: Isla Holbox and Marrakesh. These sandy locales are indeed unlike anywhere else, and offer unexpected pleasures and time-tested leisure.

Here are our travel pros’ tips for what to do and what to pack. All that’s left for you to do is book your flight.

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You’ve Got a Friend at Renew + Restore Yoga Retreat in Baja Sur

Tragically, you can’t always take your vacation when you need it most: when your SAD hits its max, when confronted by a cold front, after crushing a stressful work project. Schedules are like shackles.

But there are ways to recharge without taking off time. And sweating and stretching during a soothing yoga routine might be the best way to cheat the effect of a relaxing vacation.

Anna Douglas, Renew + Restore Yoga

Zella Devin crop tee | Recharge braletteCamila capris 

We spoke with Anna Douglas Levin, yoga instructor at Urban Yoga Spa and cofounder of Renew + Restore yoga and surf retreat, about what happens at her eco ashram in Baja Sur, Mexico.

STRIKE THIS POSE: READ THE STORY

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Meeting Pablo Escobar’s Brother and Sleeping in Hammocks in Colombia | Travel Diary

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

Travel Diary, Colombia

Who: Lauren Adey

Title: Regional Marketing & PR Specialist, Nordstrom Canada

Where: Colombia

FROM THE BEACH TO THE HISTORIC STREETS: READ MORE

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Building a Boys’ School and Attending a Maasai Wedding in Kenya | Travel Diary

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

Travel Diary, Kenya

Who: Alison Burckhardt, Brand Manager, Nordstrom Product Group

Where:  Kenya

ON SAFARI AND IN SCHOOL IN KENYA: READ MORE

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How to Turn an Airplane into a Spa

Recently, one of our assistant buyers—Natalia Valle, a self-proclaimed beauty junkie—took a trip to Australia. The flight to Sydney from Seattle is more than 18 hours long, which left her contemplating how best to use her air time. Luxuriating in skin care treatments seemed as good a way as any.

Bobbi Brown Extra eye repair cream

We asked Natalia to recommend some of her favorite products and tell us when and how to use them in flight to get that vacation glow before ever stepping off the plane. Here are her tips and picks for bringing beauty onboard.

YOUR TICKET TO A VACATION GLOW: HERE’S HOW

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Frozen Rosé and Ziplines in Australia and New Zealand | Travel Diary

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

February Travel Diary

Who: Natalia Valle, assistant buyer, menswear

Where: Sydney and Cairns, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand

Why did you choose this destination?

I do one large international trip a year and I have a friend who is currently traveling the world. She happened to be in Australia for the holidays—which is their summertime. It felt like the ideal time to travel to one of the farthest places on earth and meet up with my good friend. Plus, summer in the middle of winter seemed pretty spectacular.

RIPPER TIPS AND PICS: READ MORE

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Smelling Plumeria and Eating Black Rice Pudding in Bali | Travel Diary

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

Travel Diary Bali

Who: Lynn Frauenholz, senior web designer

Where: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Why did you choose this destination?

Bali seemed to have the right amount of tropical paradise, interesting culture and relaxed vibe we were looking for after getting married. There are a lot of Australian expats there, so the yoga community is huge and along with that there’s some really great organic food. Neither of us are really big beach people so we stuck to the interior of the island, but I hear there’s good surfing if that’s a selling point for someone.

MORE MONKEYING AROUND IN BALI: READ MORE

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Wooden Boats, Books and G&Ts at a Scottish Hamlet in Upstate New York | Travel Diary

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

Travel Diary, Lake George

GLOBETROTTER: Amy Belledin, Multi-Channel Creative Director

WHY THERE? Glenburnie has been my family’s getaway for nearly 80 summers. It’s a small hamlet off Blairs Bay on Lake George in upstate New York. Originally it began as a community for fine upstanding Scottish families (read: blue bloods from New Jersey) and featured a classic lakeside hotel and club right by the water. The club is long since gone, but a handful of the original houses are still standing.

FOR THE LAKE LIFE, READ MORE

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