Hi BellaStylistas! It’s Isoken and every month, I’ll be sharing a short letter spotlighting our monthly theme from my personal perspective and giving you an idea of some of the amazing content we have planned. For July, our theme is #VacationGoals.

Editor-At-Large Isoken Ogiemwonyi introduces the BellaNaija Style’s #VacationGoals theme for July.

No matter how often I travel or how many trips I take, I look forward to each and every destination with child-like glee. Personally, I believe honing a sense of discovery and wonder, keeps you curious and growing, as they say knowledge is- power. This is something my parents instilled in my siblings and I.

We all know African parents can be … a lot, but the one thing my parents never stinted on was experiences. My childhood was peppered with trips to the theatre and museums, and more far flung locales as I got older. Each trip expanded my mind and understanding of my place in the world. Travel is a great educator and discovering new cultures and beliefs unearths new perspectives and feeds your spirit. There is so much to see and do both within the continent and without. We absorb far more than we know when we decide to  go on an adventure.

Whilst destinations and journeys may differ – some people love the sun and sand, others are natural born thrill seekers, and others still prefer quiet contemplation and communion with nature, vacations give us time to recharge and reflect.

Luckily for us, the continent has a plethora of options. From fancy hotels to luxury safaris, there is something for everyone, whether you’re headed out for a family vacay with your kids, enjoying a romantic getaway or a fun girls trip. Make memories that you’ll look back on with delight.

‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.’ – Mark Twain

We’ve organized this “issue” around a loose set of ideas about style and travel. Taking you on fabulous digital vacations with some of our favourite fashion girls and BellaStylista’s. From the best vacation style tips and packing tricks to the hottest shopping tips and the tricks your favourite celebrities use for the perfect #SummerSelfie. 

And whilst we are all about the slay and the turn up – as you read through this issue we implore you to do more – explore art, architecture and local culture – immerse yourself and learn something new. Maybe travel is not in your budget right now, but you can still take some time to discover a new spot in your city or read something that’ll spark the imagination. It’s not the same but small steps start a long journey.

Trust me it’ll be worth it.

Expect enviable vacation style and FOMO galore.