Summer travel inspiration is everywhere on social media. We could look at dreamy images of the Caribbean, Capri, Lake Como, Cannes, Mallora, and more all day on Pinterest. (Our own Pinterest boards are proof.) And then there’s Instagram. Your thumb is scrolling away through pic after pic of your friends/co-workers/celebs (a.k.a. everyone but you) on amazing, FOMO-inducing vacations. So yeah, we aren’t exactly at a loss for words when you ask us on the spot to name 5 places we’d like to go, like RN. (Did you read this post?)
But lately we’ve gotten some of our best travel inspo from the books on our own coffee tables. The thing about quote-unquote-coffee-table-books is that they are filled with those same images we seek on social media – they take a unique perspective on a topic and include incredible imagery as well as written information, stories or recommendations. And when traveling is your passion, you can never get enough inspiration.
So its to our coffee tables we’ve gone for our most recent dose of OMG I WANT TO GO THERE NOW. Below are some of our current favs, and we suggest you check them out, too.
by Gray Malin
If you aren’t familiar with fine arts photographer Gray Malin, do yourself a favor and visit his website to get a glimspe at the insanely wanderlust-inspiring images he captures. Unless you hate things like sunshine, happiness, vacations, beaches, champagne, and sprinkles (or champagne WITH sprinkles), then you’ll love Gray Malin. (And if you don’t like those things, you might want to check yourself). We at The Hollyday like to think we’re on the same wavelength in terms of Malin’s philosophy on life. His photography, though, is a whole other story. Like a modern day Slim Aarons, Malin captures images that will make you want to get to a beach, pool, park or resort STAT. His aerial images of beaches are what make up his first book, which includes narratives and recommendations on some of the locations he’s shot. Tip: Follow Gray on Instagram (@graymalin) and Snapchat (username: graymalin) for a daily dose of his personality which radiates sunshine, and a glimpse into his life of traveling the world photographing beaches, resorts and beyond. Career goals, anyone?
Get your copy of Beaches here.
BY CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER
This collection of photographs celebrates some of the best images from all over the world that have appeared on the pages of Condé Nast Traveler magazine over the last quater century. From fold-out pages of topless sunbathers at Club 55 in St-Tropez and Naomi Watts standing on top of the Chrysler Building in New York five years after 9/11, to two-page spreads of a couple swimming at the top of a waterfall in Victoria Falls, the book is filled with diverse images paired with behind-the-scenes info from the photographers, historic notes and comments from the editors. It will have you wanting to book plane tickets to places like Morocco, Tanzania, and Sicily. How’s that for your summer travels?
Get your copy of Condé Nast Traveler Photographs here.
THE STYLISH LIFE:
BY KIM KAVIN
Oh, to summer on a yacht. Our summer basically looks like the exact opposite of that right now as we sit in our office at our messy desk, writing about all the places we wish we were going and the things we wish we were doing, like yachting. BUT if you’re like us and you’re not currently on a boat yacht out at sea, flipping through the pages of this book might be the next best thing. It’s filled with images of celebrities, musiciains, politicians, and the rich and famous on sailboats and yachts, showcasing their super chic nautical style. From Audrey Hepburn and President Jack Kennedy to P.Diddy and Leonardo DiCaprio, this book gives us a peek into the luxurious lives of yachters, and is one we do not mind taking up space on our coffee table. A girl can dream, right? Le sigh. File this under the #bucketlist.
Get your copy of The Stylish Life: Yachting here.
PALM BEACH CHIC
BY JENNIFER ASH RUDICK
Not only will you want to re-do your entire home after browsing through this book, but you’ll also want to make Palm Beach your next vacation spot. Palm Beach resident Jennifer Ash Rudick takes you on a tour of the town’s chicest homes, providing a glimpse of luxurious coastal interiors, swimming pools, gardens and more. Stripes, pink walls, banana leaf prints, and bright colors fill the pages of this cheery, summery read. In addition to stunningly chic homes, Palm Beach is also home to several world-famous hotels and resorts with the same signature Palm Beach style, like The Breakers, Eau Palm, The Colony and The Chesterfield.
Get your copy of Palm Beach Chic here.
TOASTHAMPTON: HOW TO SUMMER IN STYLE
BY KATIE STURINO
Toast is an Instagram-famous dog (she currently has 362k followers) whose career spans to supermodel (she loves Ralph Lauren), fashion star, and now, author. Her signature trait is her tongue that hangs out due to having to get all of her rotten teeth pulled after she was rescued from a puppy mill. Her mom, Katie Sturino of The 12ish Style, started Toast’s Instagram account (@toastmeetsworld) to promote adoption and spread the truth about dogs are mistreated in puppy mills. (Oh and you know @thefatjewish? That’s Toast’s dad.) Fast-forward to a few years later and Toast is now living the life in NYC. She is also a regular in the Hamptons, and is now sharing her favorite Hamptons spots in her new book which just came out. (Her book launch was held at Jonathan Adler… so posh.) Looking at picutres of Toast lounging on pool floats, eating at Southampton hotspots like Sant Ambroeus has us ready to head out east for the summer.
Get your copy of Toasthampton: How to Summer in Style here.