Margherita Missoni Explains How to Do a Summer Holiday Like a European

Margherita Missoni in London

Photo: Courtesy of Margherita Missoni / @mmmargherita

Margherita Maccapani Missoni1 is taking off this month. With her two little boys and husband in tow, the Margherita Kids designer will travel to Sardinia for two weeks, then spend some time in the Swiss Alps. I m well aware that this sounds extravagant or excessive, Missoni admits. However, Europeans do appreciate taking the time to enjoy life and truly live it. This strongly held belief in escapism and the power of a long vacation is something that many Americans lack. During the summer months, many Americans may take a week off, maybe a long weekend here or there. In Europe, vacation often means spending three weeks or more away and has real value beyond just a break (or not) from emails. And while Europeans do get more time off than employees in the States, when you do get away focus on quality, not quantity. Make it a point to really disconnect.

As Missoni explains, Americans have much less holiday, so for them, four or five days away is like a mini vacation, but for us it s just a long weekend. She adds, In Europe, one takes time off more casually.

Casually is the operative word here. No matter the amount of vacation days left this summer, August should be a time to seek out simplicity, relaxation, and laid-back vibes to live la bella vita. Below, Missoni divulges the path toward a European-inspired summer holiday.

Make it a family affair.
August for me, and many Europeans, is traditionally the family holiday. This year we will meet in Sardinia and we typically end up being as many as 40 people. My boys, Otto and Augusto, can spend the entire time visiting with their grandparents. Spending time away with my family, my husband, and my children is a blessing.

Last-minute planning isn t out of the question.
I never used to plan anything because here in Milan, it s so central and easy to decide last minute. If you are in a central location, find a flight somewhere that s only two hours or less from the destination, and if you re not central, a getaway via car is perfect. Now that I have children, however, much more preparation is involved in the travel plans and we generally start putting everything together six months in advance.

Stay put with the kids; bounce around as an adult.
It s always fun to visit multiple locations on one trip, but I think it also really depends on the ages of those on holiday.

As a child, I loved spending time in one vacation spot, getting attached to the location, becoming comfortable, and feeling as though I were at home. This is something I would like for my children to experience. As a young adult, though, I really enjoyed the adventure of traveling from one place to the next, on a quest to discover as much as possible.

Pack light.
Whether during the summer or winter, as a rule we always carry on, no matter the length of the trip. It takes much less time to pack and unpack and I like to rotate my and my family s wardrobes, thus wearing everything by the end of the trip.

Keep activities to a minimum.
It s not about filling your days with activities and keeping a schedule. Typically, we tend to just relax!

References

  1. ^ Margherita Maccapani Missoni (www.vogue.com)

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