tips for Asia...
travelled/lived around China/SE Asia and
Europe for over 40 years and here are
my tips. In most countries you should
have neat, casual, comfortable clothes
with some cheap but good-looking costume
jewellery for interest. Clean hair, up
or back with clips if it is hot and lots
of sunscreen/moisturizer and some lip
you are out sightseeing, which can be
hard work, aim for 'smart casual'. You
should look clean, coordinated but not
wear anything at all revealing - no underwear
showing through, no bra straps, no shorts,
no low tops. I can't emphasize enough
the importance in nearly all non-Western
countries of dressing appropriately. This
is the #1 mistake tourists make, without
realizing the implications. Let me spell
this out plainly: the bar girl look is
not what you are after.
a good bag, but since it has to be pickpocket-proof
and worn 'bandolier' style, the latest
Chloe bag is no use. I have one brown
and one black bag, both with long straps
for wearing in front. These are excellent
for keeping passport/identity cards/ travel
tickets when you entering and exiting
immigration counters. Forget fashion,
once you adopt these shoulder bags and
find how easy it is to keep all your tickets
and cards in one place, you'll never use
comfortable shoes: new joggers/sneakers;
shoes that are comfortable but look like
loafers, special comfortable sandals.
I find two pairs of shoes good: joggers/sneakers
for walking and another pair in a bag
for coffee in a hotel lobby or anything
else that comes up. I take my small bandolier-style
bag and a very light nylon 'longchamp'
style carry bag for the spare shoes, spare
glasses and map.
airline luggage restrictions now you have
to pack very, very carefully. Pick your
basic go-together colours -- neutrals
for day-time, something dressy for evening.
You'll feel better "dressing up"
or changing into something casual but
pretty after a long hard day of sightseeing.
Happy travels, everybody.
Michaela, Shenzen, Southern China.
love my Buff...
best travel clothing is my Buff.
It's described as the original multifunctional
headwear. It's flexible and can be worn
in many different ways, summer or winter.
It covers my head, my neck, my sensitive
ears, keeps me dry, warm or cool, and
takes up no space. Look it up: www.buff.us
Nikkie, London, Ontario, Canada
always take along my favorite BIG flannel
shirt. It can be used as a robe or even
to sleep in if the room is cold. It can
be worn under a coat as an extra layer
for warmth or over a t-shirt on a warm
day to protect from the sun. It can serve
as a blanket on a plane or be rolled up
and used as a pillow/neck support for
Mary, Bristol, PA, USA
TravelSmith Travel Dress...
other JourneyWomen know about the
Indispensible Travel Dress?
This super dress is not clingy, absolutely
does not wrinkle and can be dressed up
or down. Its empire waist and slighly
flared skirt flatters my less-than-perfect
Check out their Max Edition Travel Wrap
dress; this is how they describe it at
their website. 'The perfect black wrap
dress in polyester-spandex has front pockets,
side tie, and a look that’s at once
sexy and sophisticated. Machine wash.
Made in USA'. Website: www.travelsmith.com
Shari, Arlington, Texas, USA
Tilley Endurables dress...
favorite travel item? I never travel without
my Tilley Endurable black knit, short-sleeved,
calf-length dress. Dress up: with a pashmina
shawl, big earrings. Dress down: great
with a jacket, hides long warm socks.
Washes & dries fast. Wrinkle-free.
Conny, Vancouver, British Colombia,
dress is from Mexico...
bought this dress in the Barcelo Resort
on the Mayan Riveria in Mexico and take
it with me everywhere. The make is CINTA.
It's a reversible dress - black on the
inside with brown trim and brown on the
outside with black trim. It has a 'V'
neckline and is sleeveless, slim fitting
down slightly past the knees. It rolls
up and just needs a quick iron. It can
be used for almost every type of outing
- as a sundress, evening dress or casual.
Karen, Brooklin, Ontario, Canada
$5.00 slinky dress...
is my offering to other JourneyWomen.
I got my long black slinky knit dress,
second hand for $5.00. It's unbeatable
for flying, unwrinklable for packing,
unpretentious for daytime, non-dowdy for
evenings, non-metalic for security. Unthinkable
to travel without it.
Sophie, Sydney, Australia
yummy. My long, black sleeveless cranberry
matte jersey dress is my best travel companion.
can be worn over or under, with a top
or with out, in cold weather or hot, for
sexy occasions or for modest, conservative
situations. The colour is perfect because
the jewel tone is more unique than the
usual black, yet the dark hue hides stains
and dirt. I have worn it layered under
and over other garments in the coldest
of weather, and alone as a sexy evening
gown dresssed up with scarves or jewelery
purchased from local vendors. With a blouse
over the top, it becomes a skirt, with
a t-shirt under, it becomes a jumper.
I have even knotted the sides, or used
a sash to create a blouson effect so that
it is a bit shorter and more comfortable
for walking. My best friend has remained
a faithful travelling companion for many
years, and now I even wear it when I'm
Beverly, Santa Rosa, USA
love my dreamsack...
best travel clothing is a sleep sack.
Why? You never know who has been on that
hotel/guesthouse/cabin bed before you.
Mine happens to be silk, feels good, and
is light weight. If you are on a plane
or train for a long time it also doubles
as a wrap around your shoulders or as
a leg warmer. Website: www.dreamsack.com
Susan,Tampa, Florida, USA
Don't pack baseball caps for Ireland...
you want to blend in with the Irish, a
nice dark pea coat, wool scarf, and leather
shoes will do the trick in colder months.
cute hat is a lifesaver for rainy-day
frizzy hair and will help to keep your
head warm. Comfy shoes are a must; you'll
be walking a lot. Leave baseball caps,
fanny packs, bright rain slickers, and
running shoes at home unless you want
everybody to know immediately you're a
tourist. People will tell you to 'layer',
but I found that stores and pubs tended
to be a bit toasty at this time of the
year. You'll quickly tire of peeling off
those layers each time you head indoors.
I did just fine with a long-sleeved top
under my coat. Remember that the weather
changes abruptly in Ireland so bring an
umbrella and enjoy the showers without
feeling damp all the time.
Chelsea, California, USA