I don’t need to tell you how pleasurable it is to travel. Everybody knows it. Naturally, it all depends on the circumstance and the purpose of the journey. For some, traveling is part of their everyday life. I’m thinking about people whose jobs require them to constantly visit other cities or places, or the few who can afford going out every single vacation period. Frequent travelers already know all the tricks out there to make their trop the most comfortable experience possible. I couldn’t really give a number of how many articles, social media posts, and advice I received when I was moving abroad to study. My Pinterest board was filled with ideas and lists of moving essentials, how many pieces of clothing are enough, and basically the don’ts when packing for such a long trip. Naturally, being so excited and appealing to my kind of obsessive self, I started separating everything in my wardrobe, completely disregarding the many posts I had religiously read.
When the day came, I realized I had 2 huge suitcases, one carry on, and a large backpack. I don’t even want to tell you how much I had to pay for the excess weight of my luggage at the airport. When I arrived at my destination, I only had one day to unpack everything, since I had to attend orientation. Once I started meeting people and sharing our moving experiences, I felt a little embarrassed about how much I'd brought with me when compared to others. My room, not kidding, was filled with clothes I never wore, purses that I kept asking myself what was I thinking when I packed them, and tons of shoes I didn’t even use back home. Thus we arrive at the main subject of our current conversation. No matter how much you love your heels, they’ll probably be a burden for you. So avoid them if possible! You want to look stylish and comfortable at the same time? Take a look at these options:
These must be your first, second, and third option when traveling. What happened to me was that, because I grew up in a big city, I was used to going everywhere by car or bus. So when I moved and realized I had to walk everywhere, sneakers became my best friends. I realized that you can really adapt them into every single look you want to achieve, jeans, shorts, skirts, dresses, you name it.
I personally wouldn’t wear flats all day long while touring, especially because they don’t give you the best support. However, these can be a great choice if you’re going out at night to a club or dinner and you know you’ll have to walk back to the hotel (or wherever you’re staying). Since they don’t really take up that much of space, you can carry them in your purse or backpack and change easily.
Boots can be your best ally if you’re going to cold places. Of course, it also depends on the type of boots. If you’re going to archaeological sites, forests, or anything where the floor is not that even, hiking shoes are the best choice. However, these are becoming quite fashionable nowadays, and you can match them with plenty of looks to make them look stylish.
Espadrilles or Loafers
Just like flats, I wouldn’t trust these for several hours of walking. But if you’re going for a more relaxed mood of just wandering through the streets, these can be your allies to bring style and comfort. Again, they’re not really spacious, so you can carry them in your purse without any problem.
I love sandals so much. These can be some of the most comfortable shoes when the weather is extremely hot, but at the same time, since their soles are quite slim, they can make you prone to accidents. I recommend these only for short walks.
To be honest I learned that you can easily survive with just a pair of sneakers, especially neutral colored sneakers (those white ones, besides being the ultimate fashion trend of the year, are very matchable and can be worn with several different outfits). If you want to have other options for any possible formal invitation or simply to look more sophisticated, you can choose any of these, which are quite easy to pack and help you save on suitcase space. Well, except boots, but you can board the plane wearing those, so no problem.