My Favourite Overseas Travel Destination

Lisa Clark
Assistant Content Editor

Bondi-based journalist, Lisa Clark, has an acute appreciation for travel, fashion and photography. The marketing and PR graduate showcases her photography and styling prowess by creating beautiful and inspiring content for The Guide, on fashion, fitness and lifestyle.

"Pack your bags and come with me on a little journey to one of my favourite overseas holiday destinations"

My friends often ask me why I chose a career like mine, when I can work a 9 – 5 job which would include less hours, paid holiday leave, and is much more reliable than freelance work.

My answer is simple though; TRAVEL! In the last 18 months, my job has taken me to Paris, Rome, The Amalfi Coast, Croatia, Bali, New York, Palm Springs and LA all on separate trips and most with separate brands. Yes, a 9 – 5 job would be secure, comfortable and safe but you only have one life, right? I intend to make every day count, so pack your bags and come with me on a little journey to one of my favourite overseas holiday destinations – The Amalfi Coast.

Located in Southern Italy, the Amalfi begins at a place called Punta Campanella and ends at the South of the Sorrento Peninsular. It really does have to be seen to be believed, the coast is a combination of picturesque towns built in to vertical sheer cliffs, hidden swimming holes off the beaten track, dramatic windy roads and a view that will take your breath away. I was in Roma shooting content and decided the night before I was due to fly home, that I would extend a week and drive to the Amalfi – and this was one of the best decisions I have ever made!

I hired a car online the night before from the train station outside of Rome, dragged my 30kg bag through the cobblestone streets, set up the satellite navigation and away I went. I stayed in a little town called Nocelle which is perched right above Positano, in a villa called Villa Eden Positano. The best part about staying at this villa was that I could walk into the centre of Positano in just 20 minutes through a huge set of rock stairs. Also worth a mention, is that the accommodation was literally half the price because it isn’t in the heart of Positano. I’d recommend spending a few days here as there are gorgeous cobblestone streets to explore and the view is very, very special.

You can get a boat from the main port in Positano to Da Adolfo, there’s an awesome seafood restaurant that can only be accessed by boat so you can have lunch, hire a deck chair at the hotel and relax in pure heaven! Also worth a mention is Bagni d’Areienzo, this is a restaurant beach club located about 10 minutes away from the Positano Port – make sure you try the calamari, it’s the best I have ever had! Each restaurant has their own boats so the transfers are quick and easy and you can leave whenever you like.

After the Nocelle adventures I packed my bag and headed to Sorrento, so my trip to Capri the next morning was a little easier. Capri is a must-do on your Amalfi Coast trip, it’s my favourite place in the world. You can grab a ferry over for $30, then hire a boat and a driver for the day to take you around the island. It’s a bit of a hustle to get the best deal but if you keep your wits about you and negotiate, you can get a beautiful boat with a driver for around $500. I know it sounds expensive but it is well worth it as they also act like your personal tour guide and are patient waiting for you to have a swim or eat at a restaurant. My favourite restaurant here is La Fontelina. It’s such a special experience and again, it can only be accessed by boat. There are deck chairs set up so you can settle in for the day with a bottle of rose, enjoying the freshly caught seafood.

Take your time travelling around and enjoying the sheer beauty of this amazing island. There is always a long line of boats waiting to get close enough for you to jump in the water and swim in the Blue Grotto, but it is well worth the wait and the swim to get in there. The colours of the water are just spectacular, and it was a really special moment just floating there taking it all in.

Add to your itinerary this secret Sorrento swimming hole called il Bagno della Regina Giovanna or (Queen Joan’s bath), it is Sorrento’s best kept secret and only accessible on foot or vespa by turning right off of Via Capo at the sign on a red building that reads, "Ruderi della villa romana di Pollio”. Spend the day swimming and snorkeling, and make sure you take water and food as there isn’t a shop in sight!

Even looking back at the photos as I write this article is nostalgic, it was a dream come true and you must add it to your bucket list. Save your money, ebay those unwanted clothes and travel as far and as much as you can. See you on your next adventure!

Lisa x