New England Vintage Chic: Five Tips For Smart Travelling
Friday, March 15, 2013
1. Mind Set
Before anything, have a good attitude. When traveling, expect the unexpected. Flights change, bags get lost, hotels over-sell, and flights get delayed. You need to expect that things can change at the drop of a hat. If you have a good attitude and remain cool, calm and collected, your trip will go much smoother, no matter what obstacle is thrown at you.
For Example: When driving through Ireland, my friend and I parked our car in a casino parking lot. An hour later we came out to a boot and 200E ticket on our car! We managed to stay calm and laugh it off; to this day we still talk about it. Travel is an experience, meant to have positives and negatives.
2. Flexible Attire
Whenever I travel, I bring items that I can wear more than once. It’s tempting to pack your entire wardrobe, but trust me, your back and bank account will be happy for your decreased luggage in tow.
For Example: When I went to Italy, I packed a black cotton blazer and pink pashmina. I was able to wear the blazer with the dresses, pants and skirts I brought. The one pashmina I packed spruced up any and all of my outfits, while keeping me warm.
3. Smart Packing
Along with being flexible, be smart as well. Look up the weather in advance to know what you’re in for. The best thing you can do is be prepared for all types of weather by packing layers. There is nothing worse than having to buy tourist sweatshirts in Florida because you didn't realize the temps go down to the 40’s at night.
For Example: I went to Bonnaroo , a three day music fesitval, a few years back. As I was leaving my mom yelled “bring your rain boots, you never know.” Turns out it poured for day, covering the festival grounds in mud. Luckily, I had my trusty yellow rain boots to get around. From now on, I check the weather and if I can I always pack my rain boots!
4. Be Comfortable
Who wants to walk around with blisters or chub rub? Let’s be honest with ourselves and admit what shoes & clothing feel good. Do not bring a pair of high heels that you wouldn't walk around in at home. This is a waste of space in your suitcase and an end to a good time ahead.
For Example: My goal when traveling is to be comfortable, yet fashionable. For my trip to Italy, I wanted a solid walking shoe that didn't look like a walking shoe. I settled on a pair of Sperry’s. These boat shoes went with every outfit I brought, were extremely comfortable and looked good too. Never put comfort second when traveling!
5. Be Organized
There is nothing worse than showing up the airport as a disorganized mess. Pull it all together the week before to avoid major travel headaches and delays. Use small bags to get yourself organized and in sync for the day ahead. You should know where your headphones, wallet, passport, money and toiletries are before you get to the airport.
For Example: I learned this lesson the hard way. When I was in high school I showed up to the airport without a license. The security let me through (not sure why, but they did), however, the check-in attendant was not as nice. My then boyfriend and I had to change our entire travel day, getting us to our destination 24 hours later than expected! Never again! Set yourself up for success.
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