ILLUSTRATED DREAMY DESTINATIONS

Si como a mí, viajar aún no te es posible ya que aún te asusta lo rápido que cambian los protocolos de la p*ndemia, o tal vez porque escasea el dinero o porque tus vacaciones han sido aplazadas, este post es para ti. Viajar es unas de las actividades que más extraño de la era pre-covid (también echo mucho de menos ir a mercadillos de segunda mano) y con esto no quiero decir que me considere un jet-setter…. ¡Ojalá! Pero planear un viaje me emociona como pocas cosas en la vida./ If like me, traveling is still not possible for you since you are still scared by how quickly the protocols of the p * ndemic change, or perhaps because money is scarce or because your vacation has been postponed, this illustrated dreamy destinations post is for you. Traveling is one of the activities that I miss the most in the pre-covid era (I also miss going to second-hand markets) and by this I do not mean that I consider myself a jet-setter…. I wish! But planning a trip excites me like few things in life.

✈️ TOP 5 ILLUSTRATED DREAMY DESTINATIONS ✈️

Este post es sobre lugares paradisiacos que en mi mente gritan VERANO. Algunos se han convertido en esa especie de cliché que te transportan a un lugar que huele a neroli y donde los mails y el estrés se separan del inconsciente. Decidí hacer esta lista de lugares de manera ilustrada, ya que me di cuenta de que antes de los años 80 se solían hacer campañas de marketing y guías de viajes con ilustraciones, las cuales configuraban la experiencia de viajar de una manera mágica, casi como una aventura./ This illustrated dreamy destinations post is about paradisiacal places that scream SUMMER in my mind. Some have become that kind of cliché that takes you to a place that smells of neroli and where emails and stress are not allowed. I decided to make this list of places in an illustrated way, since I realized that before the 80’s they used to do marketing campaigns and travel guides with illustrations, which configured the experience of traveling in a magical way, almost like a adventure.

🍋AMALFI COAST, ITALY / 40°38′00″N 14°36′00″E

Italia tal vez se trate de ese destino que está en todas las listas de viajes, independientemente de la época del año. Y la Cosa Amalfitano es quizás el pináculo de la fantasía de verano italiana. Famosa por su paisaje vertical al que seguramente ninguna foto le hará justicia. A la Costa Amalfitano sólo se puede acceder a través de la Strada Statale 163, una ruta sinuosa y complicada, pero que ofrece sus recompensas con vistas al Mar Mediterráneo, casitas enmarcadas por bugambilias y vasitos con limoncello./ Italy may be one of those dreamy destinations that is on every travel list, regardless of the time of year. And the Amalfi Coast is perhaps the pinnacle of Italian summer fantasy. Famous for its vertical landscape that surely no photo will do justice to. The Amalfi Coast can only be accessed via Strada Statale 163, a winding and complicated route, but one that offers its rewards with views of the Mediterranean Sea, little houses framed by bougainvilleas and some limoncello.

🌊CADAQUES, SPAIN / 42°17′19″N 3°16′40″E

Cadaqués es mundialmente conocido porque ahí vivieron Salvador Dalí y su esposa Gala. Ubicado en la Costa Brava, fue uno de los pocos pueblos que logró conservarse a pesar de la industralización de esa zona, esto tal vez porque llegar hasta ahí no es tan fácil, un camino lleno de curvas no amigable para quienes nos mareamos fácilmente. Eso sí, una vez llegas las vistas con acantilados y el agua que parece acuarelas enmarca a un pueblo marinero con casas blancas y calles estrechas llenas de vegetación./ Cadaques is known worldwide because Salvador Dalí and his wife Gala lived there. Located on the Costa Brava, it was one of the few towns that managed to be preserved despite the industrialization of that area, this perhaps because getting there is not so easy, a road full of curves that are not able for those of us who get dizzy easily . Of course, once you get the views with cliffs and the water that looks like watercolor are the perfect frame for a fishing village with white houses and narrow streets full of vegetation.

🍹MIAMI BEACH, USA / 25°48′47″N 80°08′03″O

Voy a hacer una confesión por la que espero que no se me crucifique: no me encanta quedarme horas en la playa, aunque haya crecido al lado del mar, nunca he sido el más fan. Sin embargo Miami Beach me llama la atención por tener al lado del agua el legado más importante de la arquitectura Art Decó, el Distrito Histórico Art Decó: colores brillantes, decoraciones geométricas y un espectáculo de fachadas impresionantes salpicadas por palmeras./ I am going to make a confession for which I  can get crucified: I’m not the biggest fan of staying at the beach for hours, although I grew up next to the sea. However, Miami Beach catches my attention for having next to the water the most important legacy of Art Deco architecture, the Art Deco Historic District: bright colors, geometric decorations and a spectacle of impressive facades dotted by palm trees.

⛪️OAXACA, MEXICO / 16°53′53″N 96°24′51″O ⛪️

Para lo bueno y para lo malo, mi país de nacimiento, México está plagado de clichés…. pero quien ha ido siempre termina con ganas de volver. He elegido el área de Oaxaca porque probablemente lo tiene todo: una ciudad de estilo Colonial llena de mercados artesanales, comida deliciosa y un legado de colores… pero también excursiones de un día como sus playas (Puerto Escondido, Zipolite) o Hierve el Agua (las cascadas petrificadas)./ For better and for worse, my country of birth, Mexico is full of clichés…. but all the people who have visited it always end up wanting to return so I had to include it in this dreamy destinations post. I have chosen the Oaxaca area because it probably has it all: a Colonial-style city full of artisan markets, delicious food and a legacy of colors … but also day trips like its beaches (Puerto Escondido, Zipolite) or Hierve el Agua ( the petrified waterfalls).

🚣🏽HOI AN, VIETNAM / 15°52’46» N 108°20.1′ E

La mayoría de las recomendaciones en este post delatan mi fascinación por el color. Hoi An es una pequeña ciudad portuaria a la que algunos llaman “la ciudad de los mil colores de Vietnam”. Fue el antiguo punto comercial del país, lo cual se aprecia en las casas del centro histórico donde se encuentran desde construcciones de origen chino hasta otras de estilo colonial./ Most of the recommendations in this post reveal my fascination for colors. Hoi An is a small port city that some call «the city of a thousand colors of Vietnam.» It was the old commercial point of the country, which can be seen in the houses of the historic center where there are from buildings of Chinese origin to others of colonial style.

¿Cuál de estos destinos ilustrados es tu favorito y cuál agregarías a la lista? / Which of these illustrated destinations is your favorite and which one would you add to the list?

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  • Oh yes I would love to be a jet setter but I am so not LOL sans mula haha. But you know my dream is to live in Paris and then travel around to other parts of Europe. Oh a City of a Thousand Colors how could this not be a beautiful place to visit. I hope to get to Paris in the fall…

    Allie of
    http://www.allienyc.com

  • Hola Pablo! How’a going your Summer? I’ve heard that in Spain thare’s a new increase of cases but I hope that you’re safe and sound in the sunny Barcelona!
    Here in Italy seems that thing’s going pretty smooth for now, let’s hope it keeps on going like this… I’ve got my vax next week and I’m bit scared (even if, to be honest, both my parents are full vaccined and even my brother got the 1st dose with no side effects)….

    Anyway, I miss travelling so much tooooo!!!! I was used to do at least 2-3 travels every summer but this is the 2nd year that I have to give up on it (except for my little getaway on Capri e Positano last summer) T_T
    I have to say that those illustrations of you are my fav ever!!!! Espercially those of Positano! Really seems cool postcards! You are so so talented!
    Plus you’ve choose pretty unusual places to put in your travel wishlist, I’ve never considered the major part of them, so it was more useful that ever to me reading this post! XDD
    definitely Cadaques is gonna be one of my next destnation (when we can travel safely again)!
    Then I’ve always wanted to visit the south America (I found it much more interesting and charming than North America since I went to Cuba years ago), especially Mexico – have to remember that city you’ve recommended- , Brazil and Argentina: totally love the mood and vibes of those cultures!
    Then, (since I’ve just visited north Africa and Middle East) there is Orient: Thailand, Japan and India on the top: I think that for us western people, oriental countries are super charming since are deeply different from waht we are used to see and know.

    The world id so big and wonderful, let’s hope that we can travel again soon…
    Super amazing illustrations, Pablo! You’re becoming more and more skillful and I totally love your style!!!
    Enjoy your summer ( safely), my friend!
    Besos!
    S
    https://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.com

    • Hello dear Silvia, I hope you’re having a nice summer too! Trying to enjoy it with caution but honestly this is feeling a little crazy after all these months. But good to know that you’re vaccinated, hopefully this is the only thing we need to start seeing good effects! Wishing you my bests! ❤️

      As you I really miss traveling, honestly this is the thing that I miss the most from the pre-pandemic life. Planning a trip was the most anticipated thing back in the day…. hopefully I can plan a trip in the upcoming months but still not sure and traveling during a pandemic makes me anxious.

      Thanks for your recomendations too! My traveling list is growing!

      All the best! Besos!

  • Your illustrated dreamy locations are dreamy indeed. You are so talented. You make me want to visit all of these places: Italy, Spain, Mexico and Vietnam. I have been to Spain and Mexico but not to these two places….I have never been to Amalfi coast but I’m sure I would like it….and Oaxaca in Mexico sounds dreamy.

  • Hey Fungi!

    I hope you have a lovely day:)
    Your illustrations make me obsessed with travel there, in particular Cadaques<3
    Though I'm not strong enough to get dizzy, I would love to see the scenery!
    Miami beach's illustration is so cool! That reminds me of one of my favorites movie, Scarface:)
    Thank you for sharing those wonderful travel recommendations, Fungi!!

    akiko
    https://kimonosnack.blogspot.com

    • Hey Akiko,

      Doing really good and you? Thank you so much for stopping by!

      You made a really nice point by mentioning Scarface, didn’t remember that it takes place in Miami!

      Promise I’ll illustrate Tokyo in an upcoming blog post 😉

  • I absolutely love these illustrations, you are so talented! I had never heard of Cadaques before, but I would love to visit. I have been having weekly video calls with a guy in Mexico so my Spanish is improving verrrry slowly bit by bit, so hopefully I will be able to finally speak in Spanish when I visit!!

    • Hey Amy, so happy to see you back!

      Thank you so much for checking this blog post! I’m sure your Spanish is improving a lot 😉

  • Wow Pablo these illustrations are amazing! You know how you feel like you’ve traveled to a different place when you read a good book? That’s how I felt looking at all your illustrations. I had no idea travel marketing was drawn before the 80’s. There are so many amazing places on this list I would love to visit someday, especially the Amalfi coast. I hope covid gets better in Europe soon so you can travel again!

    Jill
    https://jilliancecilia.com/

    • Hey Jill, thanks for your lovely compliments ❤️

      Reading a book is also a great way to travel around the globe and even to imaginary places *_*

      All the best!

  • I’m so in love with your illustrated dreamy destinations. I really wish we still had illustrated commercials. There are honestly the best.
    You’re so talented and I love the color palette you used especially with some pastel colors.
    I think my favorite destination here will be Vietnam. I would love to visit this colorful place. And I would also love to visit Miami beach and Mexico because there are the ones which are further from my home country.
    I think I already went to Cadaques if it’s the place where Dali house is at. And I remember doing on a little beach by his house and fisher boats. it was really quiet, with no tourists around. There was a weird atmosphere in the air, something quite magical since we’re alone and we’re facing this weird house with eggs on the roof. It’s actually quite the opposite of what I think about the Amalfi coast. When I think about this place I imagine a lot of people. I would really love to go back to Cadaques.

    I really hope I could go in vacations soon but it seems so hard to figure it out everything right now and it’s scary haha. But I’m still hopeful.
    xx
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com

    • Hello Margot, so happy to read your comment on this blog post, since I know you love travels too 🙂

      Vietnam is on top of my bucket list of places to visit, it is one of the places that really want to visit in Asia.

      And exactly, Cadaques is the place where Dali museum is located. But you described it really well, the atmosphere is really quiet since there are not a lof of tourists in that area in comparisson to other places in Catalonia.

      All the best ❤️

  • This post was so well written Pablo!! The destinations you’ve described got me hooked. I want to see them all! I love how architecture can really differentiate places and draw in visitors just for that mere aspect. I will say number one from your list will have to be the Amalfi Coast for me. It looks amazing and unique.

    You are so talented Pablo! I love the illustrations you’ve included in this post. Hope you had a great start of the week!!

    • Hello Des, so happy to see you back visiting the blog 🙂

      Your comment made my day and I am happy to know you found this inspiring 🙂

      All the best

  • Hey Fungi,

    Yesss to hopefully being able to travel more freely again soon. Love this inspiration. I honestly would love to go to Miami soon. Can’t believe I haven’t been there yet. I think it will fit me perfectly. Plus, I have friends there. Been thinking about it lots…just don’t know what month to plan it for.

    http://www.fashionradi.com

  • Hola Pablo! Que tal estas? 😀

    To say I LOVED this post is to literally say nothing at all. What an amazing list of places to visit, I can’t wait to safely travel again and visit one of your destinations. Perhaps starting with Spain and Italy, as they are closer. I want to explore the beauty of your country, Mexico, too!

    One of my top places to visit at the moment are Japan and perhaps some quiet, beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean. I see myself inhaling the breeze and counting stars that we don’t see in big cities!

    p.s. Can we get these illustrated travel posts on a monthly basis?

    Naya
    http://www.nayatilly.com

    • Hello Naya, todo muy bien y tú?

      So happy to see you here once again! I hope we can travel to these places once again in the upcoming months, but not sure at all, haha! You’ll be welcomed in Spain anytime and Italy is on top of my list of places to visit after the pandemic.

      PS: I’ll try! I would love to illustrate more posts like this one in the upcoming months!

      Best ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • I apologize in being so slow to read this post. Ironically, we have been traveling. Not to the gorgeous places you’ve posted, but cross country by car to visit my step-daughter and her boyfriend in North Carolina. Of the places you’ve illustrated, I’d love to see Spain and Italy in particular. I love your illustrations!

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

    • Hey Michelle, don’t worry! You have nothing to be sorry about, I am happy to read your comments anytime and good to know that you enjoyed your trip to North Carolina ❤️

    • Thank you for visiting Ellis! I went to the South of Italy but unfortunately didn’t have the time to get to the Amalfi Coast, want to go back soon!