17 September 2016
Travel Classy: 3 Ways to Travel with Style (and Comfort!)
I’m not really into ‘fashion’. Don’t get me wrong I love flicking through Vogue and Bazaar looking at all the gorgeous clothes and photo shoot locations, but when it comes to travel, my outfit choices are all about comfort. I have wondered why I can’t just wear my PJ’s for the car trip, or for the flight.
I have been advised that this would not be socially acceptable, so the next best thing for me is track pants, a baggy t-shirt, my hair pulled up into a messy bun and, almost always, thongs on my feet. When I arrive at my destination and get out of the car, or off the plane, and run over and say hello to my family or friends I get the look up and down like….. “Really? You’re wearing that?”
So maybe it’s time to change. Maybe it’s time to try to be comfortable, without dressing like a bag lady. It was this epiphany that opened me up to the world of skirts with stretch waist bands and I wish I had found them sooner. Follow my lead, and with all the gorgeous designs available you will be wearing them for everyday comfort – not just while you travel.
Stretch waistband skirt by ReeBee Melbourne
My husband and I spent our honeymoon in France (many moons ago). We decided it was more important to soak up the full French experience rather than country-hop around Europe and spend much of our time in transit. I was worried we would stick out like tourists, and I know we did. Each day we carried around a bright red Crumpler camera bag and a blue hiking backpack with all our ‘essential’ stuff… I won’t even go into what was in there. And there we were, taking photos of everything, (I really should one day make a book) so I know we stuck out like a sore thumb.
Next time we travel I will know that all I need is a small bag for every day. I don’t need to take spare socks, a first aid kit, my journal, 3 drink bottles, and a lonely planet guide book with me. Next time I will try to look like a local. So a good start would be to downsize the day bag, and if going for a backpack, let’s make sure it’s stylish and remember we are in Paris, not the Himalayas!
Satchel messenger bag from capture
Air travel these days is so cheap. Especially if you manage to get your ticket on sale. But with cheaper prices comes cuts in services. If you want food on the flight – that’s extra. If you want more leg room – that’s extra. If you want to check in luggage – that’s extra. If you want to be one of the first people to board – that’s extra. So by the end of all your “extras” the ticket is probably more expensive than before the ‘sale’ started.
Carry-on bag by Annie Zorzo Accessories
Unless of course, you say no to the snacks and the leg room. If you are happy to climb over people to get to your seat and if you only need carry-on luggage then you can save quite a bit of money. That way, the sale price is actually the sale price (well, except for the dreaded credit card fee). So next time you are popping away for the weekend, try to get it all into carry-on. Although this is not advised if you are travelling with children under the age of 2 – fine when they have their own seat and luggage allocation, but if you’re sharing your bag space with a toddler then someone is bound to forget something.
Do you worry about fashion while you are travelling? How do you keep travel with style?
Meredith (a.k.a. “Honest Dave”)
Creative coach, pixel perfectionist and handmade obsessed.
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