Taking inspiration from all of the world, here are some must-try summer eats to keep you cool during the warm weather.
Hailing from Andalucia, Spain, where the sun is always shining, gazpacho and siestas get the Andalusians through the summer. Gazpacho is a tomato-based soup that can commonly have onions, peppers, and other vegetables, served cold. To many, the idea of a cold soup is a bit strange but a good, homemade gazpacho will convert you to a gazpacho addict in the summer. You’ll be seeking out Spanish chefs and requesting gazpacho daily.
Watermelon and Cheese
A Greek favorite, the combination of sweet watermelon with salty cheese unexpectedly works in perfect harmony. The Greeks eat it with either feta or halloumi and you can even drizzle a bit of olive oil over the top. Take a hint from the Greeks who know a thing or two about food and warm weather.
Thai Papaya Salad (Som Tam)
Some cultures go for the opposite approach in the heat and eat spicy foods to get them sweating. Try out the Thai papaya salad, that is sure to make year heartbeat, your body sweat and possibly make you cry, depending on how much heat it brings. Filled with delicious shredded, firm, green papaya, a dose of toasted peanuts, tomatoes, lime juice, a hint of fish sauce, and very, very spicy chili peppers this dish is a culinary marvel.
So this is not exactly food, but rather a drink, but it is perfect for the summer! Ayran is unique, to say the least. Many people need to taste it 3, 4, or 5 times to get the taste for it. But once you like it, you fall in love, and it becomes a bit of an obsession (trust me). Ayran is a cold, salty, yogurt drink from Turkey that consists of fresh Turkish yogurt, that is tangy, and not sweet, with a bit of salt added and mixed with some water before served. Ayran alongside meat dishes is a match made in food heaven, refreshing your mouth between each hearty bite.
Commonly eaten for breakfast by the Sicilians, granita, is a semi-frozen, flavored ice dish. It can be compared to a mix between a slushy and sorbet. The most traditional flavors are lemon and strawberry but nowadays, granita can be found in all different flavors. The classic granita is served alongside or inside a piece of freshly baked brioche. Granita can easily be had for dessert or simply as a mid-day snack. It might be hard to find granita in your city but it is worth the hunt, or even possibly, a trip to Sicily.
Olivia Ragni is a wine professional from the United States who is studying Viticulture and Enology in Europe. She works as a freelance writer focusing on travel, food, wine, and culture. Her passion for wine and culture takes her around the world, rarely living in one country for more than an year. She hopes her stories will inspire others to embrace the unknown, drink smarter, and travel more often.
Traveling with toiletries in carry-on luggage can be a bit tricky. Between the size restrictions on liquids and trying to stuff all of your liquids into a small zip-lock bag, things get frustrating. Below you can find some tips for packing your bathroom into a suitcase in order to help you travel lighter and smarter.
Tip 1: Don’t pack it if you are not certain that you need it.
Rethink everything you put in your suitcase, especially when it comes to toiletries. Many people try to put every product they have in their bathroom into their suitcase just in case they might need it. Remember, it’s easy to purchase toiletries just about anywhere you travel. A forgotten item is not the end of the world, simply head down to the local supermarket, drugstore, or pharmacy where ever you’re traveling and purchase that forgotten item.
Tip 2: Small Traveling Toiletry Bags with a clear counterpart
Having all your bathroom items in one spot makes traveling much easier. Find a small, flat, toiletry bag with multiple compartments that can fit your makeup, shower items, creams, brushes, and razors. But most importantly, search for a bag that has a clear compartment for your liquids, so that you can easily remove it from your carry-on when going through airport security.
Tip 3: Forget Travel-Sized Toothpaste
Stop buying travel-sized toothpaste, it is completely unnecessary. Standard-sized toothpaste tubes meet the liquids size requirements. Grab the toothpaste you use every day from your bathroom and bring it along with you, it is already small and lightweight so it won’t take up much space or weight you down, and it will save you a bit of money.
Tip 4: Travel-Sized Face Moisturizer
One of the hardest things to find is usually travel-sized face lotion. Finding a face lotion that fits the appropriate carry-on requirements is nearly impossible in the supermarkets and drug stores. After much searching, we found that Sanseti (https://www.sanseti.com/product/revitalizing-marine-moisturizer/) sells a fantastic face moisturizer that comes in 2-ounce jars, perfect for travel. Don’t be afraid of the quantity, a little bit of this goes a long way.
Tip 5: When packing makeup: Less is more
Just take the essentials. Don’t take the whole makeup bag which surely has products in there that you never or rarely use. Select the products you use every day and put them into a small makeup bag for travel, ditching the items that you won’t need.
Colombia is a country of near-ending discovery, with both Pacific and Caribbean coastlines, there are a vast amount of undiscovered islands sprawled along the seas. This includes two breathtaking islands which are actually closer to the coast of Nicaragua, Providencia and San Andrés, about 775 km (482 mi) northwest of mainland Colombia. Providencia has no direct flights from mainland Colombia or Nicaragua and it takes either an expensive, albeit quick, flight or a pretty rough 4-hour ferry ride from San Andrés. Its proximity and lack of direct flight connections have managed to keep the island from becoming over-run with tourism. Those adventurous travelers who overcome the obstacles to make it to Providencia will be rewarded with stunning beaches surrounded by palm trees, looking out at turquoise waters as far as the eye can see. But the real charm of the island is its distinct culture which is influenced by many different cultures, as the island was a popular stop for pirates and colonists alike back in the day. The locals speak a type of Creole which is influenced by Spanish, African, and English languages. Don’t neglect to interact with the locals to eat some of the best seafood around and learn about the island’s unique history.
While the island of Cyprus might have a controversial history, there is nothing controversial in saying that the island is stunning. Cyprus offers mountainous terrain and around 650 km (400 mi) of coastline. With so much coastline, the island has the perfect beach to suit anyone’s needs. Whether you’re looking for a party beach or the perfect secluded beach to relax and go topless, you can find it in Cyprus. There are the golden-sand beaches of Ayia Napa along the south-eastern coast of Cyprus and the steep, rocky coastline of Akamas Bay which boast beautiful wildlife, flora, and fauna to discover. With so much diversity of landscape and culture, it is the perfect place to rent and car and take a road trip around the coastline to uncover the beauty of the island.
Waiheke Island, New Zealand
As if the North and South islands of New Zealand weren’t gorgeous enough, with just a quick 35-minute ferry ride from Aukland you can be in paradise on Waiheke Island. Waiheke Island is 19 km (12 mi) of breathtaking landscape, full of vineyards, coves, and killer views of Aukland. The island is plentiful with coves that have an astonishing contrast between the bright blue sea, white sand beaches, and lush green shrubbery that is reminiscent of an almost tropical Santorini. The island is becoming known as a wine destination with plenty of wineries to visit, making it easy to experience the island with a glass of wine in hand. The wines are not only of impressive quality, but the vineyards are situated right next to the sea offering incredible views. With ease was you can go winery hopping to places like Man O’War Vineyards where the vineyards seem to disappear into the blue sea. Don’t hesitate to take your next trip to Waiheke Island to experience relaxation and beauty at its finest.
Ponza is a charming little island located off the western coast of Italy between Rome and Naples, popular amongst Romans for summer vacation. Ponza feels as though it is stuck in time, where life is slower and for locals, living the laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle is a given. Colorful houses line the hilly island appearing to be stacked one on top of the other, resembling the houses of Cinque Terre, with cliffside views and pebble beaches. The lack of sandy beaches makes it is best to discover the island by boat, which is easy and affordable to rent at the harbor. Some of the most breathtaking beaches of the island feel as though they have been carved into the steep cliffs that make the perfect hidden getaway for a swim in the warm, turquoise waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The island isn’t just popular with Romans today, there is proof that Romans have been enjoying the island since Roman Empire, with old Roman pools, graves, and a tunnel that connects the harbor to Chiaia di Luna beach.
Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Raja Ampat is an island getaway for those truly looking for seclusion. Don’t expect to run into may other travelers or any people for that matter. This UNESCO world heritage site is made up of 1,500 islands that are anything but easy to get to, keeping them well preserved and much less visited than other Indonesian islands. And with a population of just around 5,000 people, it’s possible to visit islands with virtually no-one else on them. Raja Ampat is said to have the most biodiverse marine life in the world, making it a haven for divers and snorkelers alike. While you shouldn’t expect luxury resorts or western comforts, you can expect to have some of the most breathtaking islands in the world all to yourself.