Women with wanderlust have three things in common: a hunger for knowledge, a restlessness for change and a quest to be constantly challenged. Although different interests and goals take these globe-trotters to distant and diverse destinations, these women share the same bucket list of trips that will change their lives.
Behind each adventurous woman is an equally well-travelled suitcase, packed with the most difficult question of all in mind: "What shall I take with me?" The answer is hard to know in advance – the ideal outfit should be capable of adapting to different situations, as well as being comfy, chic and small enough to pack up tidily in your already cramped suitcase space.
One range that ticks all of these boxes? The 'S Max Mara Here is The Cube collection, a interchangeable wardrobe of down jackets, coats and accessories specially designed to cover all your travel needs. The standout item? The down jacket - a chic style that is ultra-light, adaptable and easily packable. With customisable hoods, collars and cuffs, this jacket is a true must-have for the five trips every woman should take at least once in her life.
1. A journey of self-discovery
The most important type of trip to take? The one that brings you closer to yourself. With time to reflect and enjoy the company of your own thoughts, this getaway can encourage you to overcome daily challenges and get out of your comfort zone, feel more independent, empowered and boost your self-esteem.
THE DESTINATION: Traveling alone means traveling safe: the Plitvice Lakes National Park in central Croatia, with its thermal baths and resorts, is the place to be if you want to rediscover peace, as well as yourself.
THE OUTFIT: Pull on something in bold, bright red to express the contagious strength of this fearless new you. The metallic shade comes thanks to a brand new ultra-brushed nylon fabric, but if red isn't the hue for you choose from a wide selection of shades including sunshine yellow, blue and khaki. These sporty styles are even reversible, with a camel interior that harks back to Max Mara's classic traditions.
2. The no-schedule sabbatical
You spend your days hooked up to your Google Calendar and submerged in post-its: it's time to forget about deadlines and surrender to the unexpected. This will feel unbearable in the beginning, firstly because it's difficult to let go and then because the unknown always seems dangerous. In fact, it's quite the opposite. A trip without an itinerary is crucial to let go, become more flexible and feel free.
THE DESTINATION: It's better to avoid chaotic cities where organisation can't be ignored and escape to somewhere less hectic. a relaxed journey around Burgundy, France is the ideal choice to wander, get lost and then find yourself again.
THE OUTFIT: Pack the reassuring cocoon of an item that protects you, no matter the weather. Made in water-repellent nylon with a supersize hood, layered under a coordinated wool and alpaca coat, the newcomer in 'S Max Mara's Here is The Cube collection is perfect for out of town weekends as well as the coldest city days. Pack it down in the famous cube case, making the newly compact coat ready to pack at a moment's notice.
3. The women-only journey
Whether it's with your BFF, your sister, your mum or your grandmother, a woman-only trip is the milestone of any female relationship that's built to last. Not only will you get to know each other better, you'll discover the art of compromise (without resenting it).
THE DESTINATION: Head to London or Berlin if you're a metropolitan spirit, but book flights to Paris and Florence if you're romantic at heart.
THE OUTFIT: You need something practical yet elegant, capable of adapting to everything from out-of-town excursions to shopping sessions, right through until candlelit dinners (and late night cocktails.) Wrap up in the long wool-knit parka, an all-black signature style from the AW17 collection. This sophisticated quilted down coat, with its two hoods and matching double-breasted vest in hand-finished wool, is an item of clothing suitable for any hour of the day or night.
4. The luxe journey
The lust for a luxury break never really goes away. Allowing you to relax, recharge your batteries and revel in actually enjoying the moment, this trip is a once-in-a-lifetime experience made of more than a in-depth Googled itinerary.
THE DESTINATION: A cruise offshore to the Baltics, or Greenland if you want to visit a place less travelled.
THE OUTFIT: Blue has a reassuring power and a discreet appeal, with a hint of mystery, sophistication and self-confidence. Explore this moody hue with Max Mara's 'S collection and the reversible parka in silk midnight blue. The padding keeps you warm, the hood intrigues anyone who notices you and the belt both tightens, unwinds and reconciles your cocooned-self with your relaxed self.
5. The staycation
Last but not least, the increasingly popular staycation can help you keep your self and your life in check. Choose to spend a weekend as a tourist and see the unexpected in your own town. Visit famous spots and unravel new hidden gems, while strolling along your familiar roads shows you a different side to the city's atmosphere.
THE DESTINATION: The closer to your post code, the better.
THE OUTFIT: A coat is the most streetwise item in your wardrobe, and the shell concept jacket is an innovative and contemporary twist on a classic. Two pieces make up this coat – a quilted down jacket and a tailored camel coat. The result is a fresh, layered look that characterises 'S Max Mara's Here is The Cube collection.
Five destinations, five different ways to get to know yourself, one iconic piece of clothing. Buy the Here is The Cube collection by 'S Max Mara here