When touring a sacred site in Bali it is improper for women or
men to enter wearing shorts or a very short skirt. One is provided
with a sarong to cover the legs. Be aware of the respect accorded
these areas and dress appropriately.
Evelyn, Sacramento, USA
I travelled in Bali and I suggest that you pack cool cotton clothing.
Melodie, Perth, Australia
It is advisable to bear in mind that when Bangladeshi women go
out they generally try to look their very best. Wearing old or torn
clothing is frowned upon for foreigners who obviously have enough
money to replace them. Formal events tend to be quite formal --
when attending weddings, cultural events, or even visiting friends
for dinner, makeup and jewelry is definitely not out of place.
Karen, Calgary, Canada
Foreign women are far from a common sight in Bangladesh, even in
the capital city of Dhaka. While it's unlikely that anyone will
ever directly tell you that something you have chosen to wear is
inappropriate, you will likely find that you experience much less
harassment if you try to dress in a manner similar to that of the
local people. I would highly recommend investing in shalwar kameez
- it's cool in the hot months, suitably modest, and easily purchased
in any of the local markets. If you do not want to go this route,
try for light, loose-fitting clothing -- no shorts, miniskirts (or
really skirts that show any leg), or sleeveless tops. This is particularly
important in areas where foreigners are less common.
Karen, Calgary, Canada
In Bangladesh cover up as much as possible. Younger women will
definitely have problems. Even my elderly mother who was covered
up everywhere but her legs was groped . Wear baggy clothes. Buy
a shalwar kameze from a local shop. You're going to get hassled
anyway if you're female and white, but if you show legs, arms, cleavage,
etc., then you're inviting problems. Outside the major cities, people
are more relaxed, but it's difficult for women to travel independently.
If they're inappropriately dressed, it's even more difficult.
Antonia, London, England
I'm a Belgian and I live there so I know it well. Belgium is a
very modern country, we even have some very famous fashion designers
here. You can wear about everything here, just keep it decent. Don't
go running around half naked, but shorts, short skirts, tops --
nobody will look surprised or trouble you. We generally miss the
weather to go running around in summer clothes. So, if you come
to Belgium (even during the summer) always bring something for rain,
for sun, for cold, for every type of weather actually. You can only
be sure it won't freeze during summer, and it won't be hot during
winter, but for the rest every type of weather is possible at any
V�ronique, Brussels, Belgium
In Belgium, everyone wears tight pants and black is very common.
Brooke, Simcoe, Canada
Anything goes-just keep your top on at the beach. The Europeans
tend to go topless but I never saw a local without her top. In fact,
a lot of local women swim in shorts and a t-shirt.
Pam, St. Paul, USA
I think the other advice given about Belize is only appropriate
for the beach resorts on the Cayes. I lived on the mainland for
a while and it is definitely important to cover up. Knee length
skirts and t-shirts are fine- anything that reveals too much flesh
will get you harrassment from local men.
Lizzie, York, Canada
Baggy jeans and sweatshirts do not go over very well in Bolivia
if you are in the cities. I recommend nice jeans and pants and shoes
with heels. Only if you are traveling back pack style or going out
to run would I break out the sweats. Otherwise Bolivian women are
Kelsey, Miami, USA
If you're headed to the highlands around La Paz, think layers.
You will experience all four seasons in one day. Fleece is nice,
but you can purchase wonderfully warm alpaca sweaters there (called:
In the lowlands, in Santa Cruz city, young women dress very stylishly.
Short skirts, sleeveless tops, etc. But be aware, you will draw
a lot of attention as non-Bolivian. Think hot and humid from Sept-April,
then cool and humid the rest of the year. Again, layers are good,
also clothing that dries quickly.
Brooke, Cambridge, USA
Don't be afraid to wear tank tops in bright colors or tiny bikinis,
you'll blend right in. Also, buy tons of local accessories such
as big dangle earrings- super trendy there- and fun!
Dana, Calgary, Canada
Brazilian women are often dressed up -- even to travel to the local
supermercado (supermarket). So leave baggy jeans and sweat pants
at home in favor of something [more dressy] even though you might
feel over-dressed by American standards.
Maggie, Kentuky, USA
When travelling in Brazil, wear natural fabrics like linen,silk
or cotton. The temperature is VERY hot during the Summer. In S.Paulo
people dress nicely especially when they go out at night. Don't
wear gold it only tempts the thieves! Enjoy the country and their
Celina, Englewood, USA
In Brazil, basic simple clothes are best, and...(For safety sake)
try to avoid any gold jewellery (real or not).We even bought cheap
plastic watches for the trip.People like to dress up to go out,
so you'll look underdressed in jeans and a t-shirt at a bar. Wear
nice clothes but nothing too showy.
Mimi, Calgary, Canada
Remember that little bitty bikini you bought, but would be ashamed
to wear in North America? In Rio even grandmothers wear bikinis,
so take it along and abandon yourself to the worship of the sun.
A one-piece bathing suit is unheard of in Brazil.
Ed. note: O.K. but be sure to pack lots of sunscreen!
Naomi de Moraes, Venice, California
I would highly recommend skirts over pants in much of undeveloped
Asia, not because of femininity or cultural mores, but because of
cleanliness. The bathrooms in this part of the world are pretty
tough by Western standards and the floors are usually quite wet
and nasty. Since many of these cultures use water to clean themselves
instead of toilet paper, the water tends to get all over the floor.
It is much easier to squat and hold your skirt over your waist then
it is to squat and hold up the bottom of your pants from touching
Durfee, Boston, USA
Nice short sleeve shirts and long skirts were the only practical
pieces that one could wear in Burma, partly because of the bathroom
facilities and also because of the culture. As well, you will fit
in better since that is how many of the Burmese women dress. In
the morning, street vendors sell freshly picked bunches of jasmine
that can be tied into your hair and the fragrance lingers for hours.
J. Kate, Vancouver, Canada
In Burma, even if it's very hot, try to avoid wearing sleeveless
dresses or T-shirts. It is generally not considered "culturally-correct"
in this country.
Anna P., Denmark
In over 50 trips to Bermuda I learned that while casual resort
wear is fine at the beach resorts, Hamilton is a major city where
international business is conducted. Don't wear short shorts, revealing
tank tops and sneakers -- they mark you as a tourist, not a good
thing in an island where crime is increasing. Wear casual skirts,
pants and something more formal than 'I survived the bermuda triangle.
Take a light raincoat for island showers and a sweater for the evening.
In summer it is hotter than you think. Cover lightly to prevent
sun burn. Carry a small secure bag, not an open tote. Although I
love this place, I have had money stolen from me on three different
Elizabeth, New York, USA