Too often, when we travel, we forget that the exotic settings, the vibrant culture, even the charming indigenous folks we meet along the way are all just a backdrop for our personal transformations.

In fact, foreign countries can help you recover from traumatic life events, shake you out of that weird state of mind, or even escape from various legal issues. But it’s important to choose your destination wisely, as each nation has a different specialty.

For example, say you are . . .

Post break-up
You and the ashes of your former relationship are going to Italy! Spending a summer making pasta by hand in the Italian countryside is scientifically proven to help you get over that failed relationship. At first, it may be painful, and you’ll put on some pounds from the pasta. But then, one day, while making macaroni, one by one, you’ll realize that you actually bullied your ex a lot, and that a pantywaist like him could never have been your soul mate! That’s when you’ll meet Marciano, a lusty long-­haired man who loves you for who you are and needs a visa.

*Men’s version: Head to the Texas to study the noble art of smoked barbecue; meet Sharon.

Recovering from a Second — and Much Nastier — break up from Marciano/Sharon
Hmm. This one is trickier, but you could try Barcelona. You might not come home with the love of your life, but you’ll definitely get an education in the art of drinking wine and napping.

At first, it may be painful, and you’ll put on some pounds from the pasta. But then, one day, while making macaroni…

You’re Not a Celebrated Novelist Yet, for Some Reason
It’s a well-known fact that the reason you can’t write that novel is because you’re sitting at your desk, and not in a Paris café staring at your third croissant. After bracing walks through the romantic parks where stylish Parisians throw lit cigarettes at you because you dress like a parent at an amusement park, you should have just the spark you need to set the literary world on fire.

Creative juices still not flowing? Take a cue from Hemingway: get super-wasted every day.

Fired, Spectacularly, from Your Job
Though unfairly marked as a paradise for sex tourists, Thailand is also the perfect place to disappear after some kind of career-ending embarrassment. You’ll have plenty of time to plot your next move while beach hopping and periodically post pictures of yourself in a sarong. Meanwhile, your former co­-workers will stop remembering you as the one who called the head of online marketing »Director of Internet«. They’ll remember you as “that lady” in a sarong from your Facebook post: “last seen at ‘full moon party’ in Ko phangan.

 

What to pack

All jokes aside, let’s turn our attention to more serious issues – summer packing! I have taken the liberty of choosing some fashionable goodies from the waste black hole that is internet shopping – a reason to live for another 3-5 business days.

 

The trick to affordable getaways

Rockstar paychecks and au-pair opportunities aside, just travel light! If you take only a cabin suitcase, you reduce the rate of your flight ticket and voila!

Mine is from American Tourister and you can win one just like it HERE!

This award-winning expandable hand luggage from the groovy Soundbox collection is one of their most impactful suitcase designs to date. The playful circular look with contrasting matte and shiny surfaces will really cause a stir whenever you travel. Expandability, fixed TSA lock and handy inside organisation all help to make this a first rate suitcase choice!

Also, it fits a variety of airline hand luggage dimensions, including Ryanair, easyJet and Norwegian!