Last Updated on 24th May 2017

Looking for a lesson in stylish sojourning? You’re in luck. Whether you’ve lapped up a last minute long weekend or booked a big break on the beach, we’ve quizzed some of the best qualified in the travel business to bring you a ruddy good guide on how to get the most from your holiday.

First up? Our friends at boutique travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith – home to some of the sleekest stays on the sphere.

Editor-in-chief Juliet Kinsman is the original voice behind the boutique hotel guide and, instinctive about what makes a stay Smithy, her travel and interiors articles appear in publications such as Conde Nast Traveler to the Financial Times.

The daughter of a career diplomat, she’s had a taste for travel since childhood stints in Africa and America; her heart belongs to NYC and her London home, Kensal Green, which celebrate on her blog

She’s a self-confessed connoisseur of coffee, cheap-chic cottages and compound adjectives – a girl after our own heart – and, by her own admission, if she had a penny for every Smith hotel she’d written she’d have enough to buy her own hip hideaway.

Need we find a better brain to pick? We caught up with Juliet to find out her top tips for travelling in style this summer…

1. Finding flights

Barely a day goes by where I don’t use Skyscanner for figuring out who flies where, how long it takes and what flights are available at what price.

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2. How to pack

Less really is more. Especially if you’re flying: pack either everything or a few essentials into carry-on hand baggage. A key for me to minimising wardrobe and maximising glam is dresses: it sidesteps the ‘which top with what bottoms?’ worry of separates – particularly irksome if you end up in a hotel room with no decent full-length mirror.

(Douse tissues in your favourite fragrance and layer them in your packing – everything smells so fresh, you don’t mind giving a dress an extra wear if need be.)

Tallulah & Hope does fabulous luxury kaftans (pictured above) you’d feel as comfortable wearing on a beach as at a special occasion: dress them up with heels and statement jewellery. Travel Wardrobe Care makes great suitcase accessories that keep clothes organised and crease-free. If you have carry-on it makes finding things easier: keep electrical goods, lingerie and hair paraphernalia all in separate compartments. And it helps avoid airing your dirty laundry in public if you get stopped and searched!



3. Soundtrack

I love Stereomood for music in a hotel or villa via my laptop and WiFi. They curate great playlists which blend under-the-radar new tracks with great classics suited to every setting; my favourites are Roadtrip, Sunday Morning and New York.



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4. All-climate ready

Make it easier to adapt to a temperature change at the other end and feel your best in transit with a kitten-soft cashmere Travelwrap. It saves lugging a woollen coat to a beachside hotel just because the weather at home is cold, plus it saves you from those dreaded on-board lunges from freezing to sweltering. At £229, it’s an investment piece but it almost gets better with each wash! (And now they help me keep travel documents safe in style thanks to their leather accessories range: I love the lime-coloured Companion, £94.)

Cashmere Travelwrap, £229, available at


5. Download

Our new Mr & Mrs Smith app is as fun as it is practical – and free! It guarantees you plan the perfect trip (find your dream hotel for your date/budget/destination) and helps you set your mood with music, play cheeky games of Truth or Dare, and it even provides get-out-of-work excuses in ready-to-use email form.

Mr & Mrs Smith: Plan & Play, available for free download from iTunes.

Follow Juliet on Twitter @julietkinsman and at @Smithhotels – and make sure you check out Smith’s brill blog, too.

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