We all like to think of ourselves as discerning travellers – more concerned about the local culture, customs, fauna, and flora of the exotic places we are visiting than ticking off a bucket list and posing for selfies at iconic landmarks.
We like to give the impression that we are care free and unconcerned about how we look when casually strolling along winding Italian streets or riding a scooter in Bali.
But let’s face it – most of us do want to appear in a certain way to our peers (or even strangers), and especially in front of a camera, which is where the topic of travel style comes in.
One of the amazing benefits of travel is being in a completely different environment to our day-to-day lives and being able to dress in a way that is more casual than the usual office-friendly attire.
Travel style is liberating, and something that I fully embrace – although it is also something I have perhaps embraced a little too much in the past.
Between the years of 2009 and 2012, I threw myself into the backpacker lifestyle after leaving my job as a newspaper reporter.
Working as a journalist required a conservative style, especially when court reporting or attending official events, and I always felt restricted as I dressed in “business” clothes each morning.
Then, after booking a one-way ticket to New Zealand that kick started an almost decade-long adventure, I was finally free and I swapped sober clothes for beach wear, a tie-dye top (I blame the Gili Islands in Indonesia), an anklet with bells on it (I loved it), and a (short-lived) nose piercing.
Needless to say, I no longer dress that way, but the style freedom that travel offers still excites me, and, I’m not afraid to admit, that I sometimes yearn for the days when I wore my jangling, bell-adorned anklet with pride.
Right now I’m thinking about loose fitting trousers, light weight skirts and dresses, soft leather sandals, a straw hat, and minimal make up.
Basically, the polar opposite to what I’m wearing in London right now as the wind blows a gale outside, and I can’t wait.
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