TOP 3 TRAVEL DESTINATIONS TO VISIT IN 2022 & HOW TO PACK FOR THEM

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The world is slowly opening back up after time spent in lockdown, and we are excited to finally get out and explore again. If you are the type of person to take on a new adventure, looking for a relaxing trip with your loved one, or need a family trip — we have a destination for you. The new year is the perfect time to get out and explore, especially as it has been a while since we have been able to comfortably do so. At Neroli Salon & Spa, we understand the need to get out and enjoy yourself, and we encourage it! Vacations are necessary to unwind and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. Taking a vacation is one of the activities that we are looking forward to the most this year, especially when we think of warm weather destinations to escape the cold Wisconsin weather. We want to provide you with not only the latest travel trends, but also the best way to prepare for them.

Packing your suitcase can sometimes be more stressful than planning the actual vacation. You never know what kind of plans you may have, what the weather will be like, or how to pack your entire life into your luggage. No need to worry, we have the necessary tips and tricks you need to ensure that you are able to enjoy your vacation with ease.

New York City

New York City

After visiting New York Fashion Week last fall, we definitely fell in love with all that New York City had to offer. Even though we only stayed for a few days, there was so much to see and do —meaning we definitely need a round 2! New York City is trending once again this year as one of the top destinations to visit. Regardless of which borough you choose to explore, you are guaranteed to create many memories. During our trip to New York Fashion Week, we compiled a list of destinations in Manhattan that are an absolute must-see, especially in the fall when we visited.

If Manhattan isn’t your cup of tea, we have some ideas for you. Brooklyn is full of so many tourist attractions that are perfect for year-round travel. One of them is the Brooklyn Street Art Tour. This attraction is highly rated and perfect for the family. This outdoor art exhibit showcases artwork from various artists throughout the city and houses perfect photo-op opportunities for those looking to document their trip and share it on social!

The 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Luxury Hotel is the perfect choice for a luxury New York experience. With stunning views of the city skyline, and an amazing location that is in the middle of some great dining and amazing experiences, and a beautiful, modern style—you can experience New York in a whole new way. The best way to visit New York is to do it in style!

Depending on when you go, weather will obviously play a role on what goes in your suitcase. Especially in the Northeast, you can never be overprepared for the shifting weather. New York in the fall and winter is stunning and we encourage you to try it — just make sure to pack accordingly with your favorite cold-weather favorites.

WHAT TO PACK

As much as we would love to pack our entire closet, your airline would probably advise against it. This is where layering and basics will come in handy. There are many ways to create chic and trendy outfits using basics including jeans, long sleeves, tees, a few belts, and staple jewelry. From there, you can switch off between staple jackets and blazers for a layered and simple look. Sticking to neutrals not only looks incredibly classic and chic, but it is also easy to style and can be dressed up or down using your choice of heels, boots, or sneakers.

Pre-Travel Prep

Getting ready for vacation can also become stressful when dealing with appointments and ensuring all your essentials are packed and ready to go. New York in the cold can be harsh on your hair just as much as any other wintery state; however, you can still protect against it using proper moisture.

Prior to leaving, make sure to schedule your Botanical Repair Hair Treatment.

This treatment works great for guests with colored or non-colored hair for the ultimate protection and repair. It also works to instantly detangle and repair hair strands while simultaneously smoothing and softening your hair. After just one treatment, your strands will be 5x stronger! Cold weather will be no match for this treatment wherever you go. To keep your hair looking its best throughout your trip to the Big Apple, make sure to bring your travel-sized Nutriplenish Shampoo, Conditioner, and Daily Moisturizing Treatment and enjoy that locked-in moisture.

Pre-Travel Prep

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the top destination spots for 2022 and it’s easy to understand why. Not only is it a warm and welcoming getaway — but it has some stunning natural attractions as well. If you are in need of some relaxation or a break from everyday life while escaping the cold to stay warm throughout your trip, look no further than Costa Rica!

Enjoy your stay at the Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort — Costa Rica’s only beachfront hotel. This 5-star hotel offers direct beachfront access outside your hotel, with various ocean and rainforest excursions, two oceanfront restaurants, and a wellness spa. This resort is family-friendly, but also offers privacy for guests who wish to experience a relaxing getaway by themselves.

For days where you are feeling a little adventurous, we highly recommend the Snorkeling and Paddle Boarding opportunities. During your excursion, you will be able to experience Biesanz Beach, one of the Manuel Antonio area’s hidden gem beaches. You will be surrounded by beautiful turquoise waters and never-ending views both above and below the water’s surface. Once you are done and your hair has been graced by the beautiful waters of the Pacific Ocean, you can try these gorgeous beachy waves to get you ready for your next adventure and look casually chic on vacation.

If you are looking for some more exciting fun, then you must check out the Canopy Zip-Lining excursion. Throughout your journey, you will travel through the biodiverse rainforest canopy. You will go through nine different lines in which you will see valleys, scenic waterfalls, and gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean. If you are ready to take your thrills to a whole new level, this zip-lining tour is for you.

WHAT TO PACK

Costa Rica is known for its heat! Being so close to the Equator — SPF will be your new best friend. When it comes to packing for your Costa Rica trip, skincare should be your top priority, especially when you are planning your outdoor activities.

Outfits

Your wardrobe for your vacation getaway will be full of light articles of clothing and comfy, breezy looks. Aside from the many gorgeous swimsuits you are going to pack, don’t forget to bring along some long flowy dresses, as well as a few pairs of shorts with some tees for casual and adventurous wear. Linen and cotton will be your new best friend, and the best part about resort wear is that you can reuse a lot of your items. Dresses are not only easy to wear, but easy to pack as well. Pair with a pair of sneakers, heels, and a bunch of sandals—you will be Costa Rica ready!

Pre-Travel Prep

As mentioned, skincare protection will be the most important for you during your trip. To ensure you have broad-spectrum protection at all times, we recommend using the Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Mineral Defence SPF 50+. Make sure to apply regularly throughout the day to ensure full protection from the sun—it is compact and easy to store in your luggage. We carry this product in our salons—if you are in a last-minute rush, stop in and our team will quickly assist you.

Another great product to bring along with you is the Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil. This leave-in treatment mist protects your hair from the damage of the sun’s UVB and UVB rays and its drying effects, which over time can reduce elasticity and make your hair look brittle and weak, especially with all the time you will want to spend out in the Costa Rican landscapes. Follow up with the Sun Care After-Sun Hair Masque when you return home to get your hair back to its lustrous glory and restore any weakening caused by the effects of the sun, salt, and chlorine.

Given that you will be outside in the heat, it is also crucial to have an updated manicure and pedicure prior to take-off! Start your vacation early with a Spa Manicure and Pedicure appointment. During your Spa Manicure, you will experience a hand and arm massage, full-service manicure, and customized treatment enhancement based on your desired experience.

Similarly, with your Spa Pedicure you will receive a full-service pedicure, leg and foot massage, and another customized treatment enhancement. Your hands and feet will look their best for the camera and for any activities out in the beautiful Costa Rican sun.

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Aspen, Colorado

Aspen, Colorado

Another top destination to visit in 2022 is Aspen, Colorado. This amazing location is packed full of resorts, views, and fun things to do. Regardless of if you are seeking the thrill of snowboarding down the slopes, or relaxing and taking in all the views—Aspen has something for you!

The Little Nell is the only 5-Start Resort found right in the heart of Aspen, Colorado. During your stay, you can expect stunning mountain views, amazing accommodations, in-house luxury dining, and many fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. With so many options to keep you busy, or not busy, during your stay—the Little Nell has options for you!

Hit the slopes with their Skiing and Winter Adventures through first tracks, snowcat powder tours, skiing and nastar racing, and much more! During the winter months, take part in some of the most thrilling events that people from all over the world come to experience! Interested in relaxing? No need worry—we have that covered!

Enjoy stunning sights, hot tubs, pools, and a wellness spa to experience throughout your stay. Walk around the town, do some shopping, indulge in a relaxing massage, and enjoy the views! Aspen can be however thrilling or relaxing as you want—that is the best part! Bring the whole family or indulge in a relaxing getaway with your loved one—the choice is yours!

What to Pack

The time of year you visit Aspen will play a major role in what should be in your travel bag. One thing is for sure though, skin care should be your main priority. Skin maintenance will be important to ensure that your skin is hydrated, nourished, and healthy in any weather condition, especially in the cold, since we tend to neglect our body’s hydration needs during this time. When this happens, skin then ends up looking dry and dull, and that’s the last thing you’ll want in your vacation photos. Bring along travel sizes of your skincare routine and prioritize hydration over anything! If living in Wisconsin has taught us anything, it is that your lips need to be always moisturized. Aveda’s best-selling Lip Saver™ can help save the day with moisture relief that nurtures your lips from the drying effects of the chilling cold.

Outfits

This vacation getaway spot will be about layers and dressing warmly. There are many ways to stay bundled up and warm while looking classy and chic. Regardless of if you are hitting the slopes or going out for a shopping day—there is an outfit for you. Basics will be your best friend along with oversized coats, puffer jackets, and your favorite pair of boots!

Pre-Travel Prep

We can’t ruin a perfectly fun and relaxing vacation with dry and cracked skin. The best way to ensure your skin is cold-weather approved is with the Hand Relief and Foot Relief travel size from Aveda. These top selling products offer protection around the clock while making sure your skin looks and feels the absolute best. Apply small amounts during the day and your hands and feet will be no match against the blistering cold weather.

Prior to your trip, make sure to schedule your routine HydraFacial service. Properly prepping your skin ahead of time will allow it to better adapt to the changing climate. Your HydraFacial will cleanse, peel, extract, hydrate, and fuse to further protect your skin. Through saturating your skin with various antioxidants, you will be able to maximize your glow while simultaneously deeply hydrating your skin.

Reserve this service a week before take-off and enjoy radiant skin all vacation long.

Before you pack those bags, make sure you have enough of your favorite skincare products in travel sizes. There is nothing sadder than having to throw out our entire skincare routine at the airport just because it doesn’t meet airline regulations! Aveda has a large selection of your favorite products to slip into your duffle during your next vacation. Regardless of where your vacations take you, we want to make sure that you are packed and ready for all your events. It doesn’t matter if you need a hair refresher, a pre-flight facial, or to stock up on your travel sized products—Neroli Salon & Spa has you covered

We’d love to hear about your go-to destinations for 2022. Let us know your go-tos in the comments below. Happy travels!