Has your Instagram feed felt like one big travel advertisement for the Amalfi Coast or the Grecian Islands this summer? Ours, too. It's no secret that a large part of an editor, blogger or buyer's job is to travel — there's a Fashion Week somewhere every month of the year — but when it comes to taking a personal holiday, industry folks really know how to do it right. They often flock in well-dressed packs, sharing each chic excursion on social media; and, unsurprisingly, their chosen destinations go in and out of fashion as quickly as seasonal runway trends.
There are a handful of locations that seem to be on everyone's agenda, which we're sure is not a coincidence. Certain resorts and tourism boards have wised up to the fact that fashion bloggers and industry tastemakers are a great way to get the word out about their locales' beauty and charm, but in many cases, where the Hadids, Jenners, Brants and Delevingnes go, the masses will want to follow. Read on for our handy, social media-sourced guide on how to travel like a fashion person this year, in case you're itching to book a last-minute getaway before the summer comes to a close.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
We're willing to bet that you've seen the colorful coastline of Positano pictured so frequently on your Instagram feed this summer that you feel like you've already been there. (Full disclosure: I am one of the guilty parties.) Plus, Net-a-Porter's Natalie Massenet gathered her fashionable friends — Karlie Kloss, Rachel Zoe, Giovanna Battaglia, Derek Blasberg — to celebrate her birthday there in July, renting out the perennial hotspot Da Adolfo for the occasion. Aside from this beachside town, the island of Capri and the mountainous Ravello seem particularly popular among the model and blogger crowd this year, and the fact that they're all incredibly picturesque is likely a huge selling point.
Cinque Terre, Italy
Made up of five tiny towns on the Italian Riviera, Cinque Terre easily boasts some of the country's most breathtaking views and seascapes. Thanks to the brightly colored building facades, fishing boats that pepper the shoreline and striped umbrellas that characterize the beaches, it's no surprise that fashion bloggers are flocking to this place in pursuit of the perfect backdrop for those outfit photos.
Cities like Bogotá, Medellín and Cartagena in Colombia are among the most popular South American travel destinations with the fashion set right now. We're thinking that the charming, colorful streets (like the one former Fashionista editor Hayley Phelan is pictured on above), combined with its rich culture and lush, tropical climate, provide for a great holiday any time of the year.
Cuba, so hot right now. From designer collections, to brand-sponsored press trips for bloggers, to high-gloss September editorials in Porter, Marie Claire and W, fashion has wholeheartedly embraced Cuba since diplomatic relations were restored with the U.S. at the beginning of this year.
Thanks to the global popularity of electronic music over the past few years, Ibiza — the motherland of DJ culture — is a top destination for both fashion and music fans alike. Riccardo Tisci threw a rowdy 40th birthday party for himself on the island last August, and top bloggers, Victoria's Secret Angels and designers have flocked there in droves this summer. Just look to Instagram for proof.
This island nation, located in the Indian Ocean, has been particularly popular among the top tier of fashion bloggers this year, and by looks of the photos that result from their vacations, it's one of the most stunning places you can go to get off the grid and soak up some sun.
We're not saying that the wild weekend Poppy Delevingne threw for her wedding in Marrakech last year kicked off a trend among the fashion set, but we're not not saying it, either. However, when it comes to shopping for one-of-a-kind textiles and treasures, as well as breathtaking views that look straight out of a magazine editorial, Morocco can't really be beat for a trip that combines adventure and a love of aesthetics.
The French beaches of St. Tropez and Cannes are perennially popular — Dior even held its resort 2016 show in the latter resort town this year — but when models of the moment Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin and the Hadid sisters posted photo after photo of their adventures yachting in Monaco after the Grand Prix back in May, the state seemed to be on our radar this summer more than usual.
What financial crisis? Fashion folks are certainly helping to stimulate Greece's struggling economy this summer, with island destinations like Mykonos and Santorini popping up on our Instagram feeds almost daily. Color us envious.
If beach vacations aren't your thing, head to Iceland, which is just as beautifully blue as many of the tropical locations on this list — especially its glowing saltwater lagoons — albeit much, much chillier.
If you work in fashion (or follow it closely on the Internet) and choose to vacation in Tulum, there's a very sizable chance you'll see someone you recognize from the industry at some point during your trip. Since the style set "discovered" the Maya Riviera town a few years back, it's transitioned from the go-to spot for in-the-know New Yorkers to last year's most "basic" travel destination, according to Paper magazine. However, this uptick in trendy visitors means that the number of hip hotels, restaurants and boutiques in the area has increased as well.
There isn't one particular town in Turkey that takes top honors for this year's trendiest destination. From historic Istanbul on the European side, to the the arid Cappadocia on the Asian side (famous for its rock formations and hot air balloons), the country has so much to discover that it's nearly impossible to take it all in during a single summer trip. If you're more into a relaxing, sun-filled vacation, you can also head further south to the Aegean region of Turkey, where Bodrum and Fethiye are also drawing lots of stylish visitors.