BWA’s Top Tips To Travelling

It’s that time of year when the weather starts to wane and I get that itch to spontaneously pack up and dash off to some far away destination. I have been contemplating a new trip for awhile now but am terrible indecisive when it comes to choosing a destination…there are just too many I want to visit.

I thought I would bring you my top tips to travelling and some of my favorite destinations that I am thinking about revisiting.

1. Pack versatile pieces to save room, think a classic white tee, a good pair of pants, a warm blazer, wedges that can be dressed up or down and some classic jewellery pieces that are not too valuable (you don’t want to loose anything!).

2. Remember that other countries also have basic things like toothpaste and shampoo.

3. Thongs may not be the most fashionable footwear but they are a godsend in a suspect shower situation. This was MY LIFE travelling through Vietnam.

4. Be respectful. I cannot stress this enough. When you visit another culture, learn the language, respect the customs and most importantly…be polite!

5. ALWAYS, I repeat always, wrap your toiletries in a plastic bag…no matter how well you think it is all sealed. I cried actual tears over a ruined Acne knit in Paris and I wouldn’t wish that despair on any fashion lover.

6. Be smart about your beauty bag. Bring a pack of face wipes that remove makeup. I suggest a good BB Creme (read up on them here), for those days you want a flawless fresh face without a heavy foundation. A lip balm is a life saver, you forget that changed or foreign conditions can wreak havoc on your skin. A good moisturizer is a must.

7. By now, we have all learned the mystery of the rolling technique which fits vastly more clothes than the simple fold. My tip is to wrap the important pieces in tissue paper as it prevents wrinkling. Vacuum bags can be helpful but remember there is not a vacuum at every place you stay!

8. Always carry a pack away bag that can fold up. If you want to look chic I recommend one of Longchamp’s foldup bags with leather detail.

9. Always pack a sheet and pillow case. There is nothing more uncomfortable than clambering into bed after a long day of shopping and sightseeing and getting the feeling that someone has definitely slept in your sheets before you.

10. Triple check for your passport, plane ticket, wallet, phone and all valuables. I once experienced a very frustrating and stressful 3 hours at a Vietnamese airport as my girlfriend rushed to buy an emergency ticket home that she had lost along the way.

11. If you plan on leaving the beaten track, or just love the freedom of having your own set of wheels when you go away, be sure to hire a car from Easyrentcars. A website that pulls together all the best rental car deals across the world, you can search for a great deal that allows you to explore your destination without breaking the budget.

Favourite destination:

Hands down my favorite place to visit is Japan. Why? The food is fantastic, fresh and authentic. The shopping is incredible, the mountains are breathtaking and the girls on the street boggle the fashion imagination. If you can’t speak Japanese I highly recommend a guided tour.

From Japan it’s just a hop skip and jump to countries like China or Korea. This Peregrine Reserve tour that takes you through some of the most famous sights that China has to offer- like the Terracotta Warriors and Tiananmen Square. Plus there is always time to do a cheeky shop!

Hot shopping spots:

Hands down the three best cities I have ever shopped are Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), Paris (France) and Seoul (Korea).

If you want handmade tailored pieces at a fraction of the price you would pay anywhere else, hit Vietnam. If you do your research and take example pieces and pictures with you, almost anything can be made and in an incredible array of fabrics to choose from. In addition to this, the locals are incredible and the food is magnificent. There are many ways to explore this incredible country which I think Peregrine Reserve covers fantastically from those who are shopaholics to those who are foodies.

Paris has the best high end vintage pieces at a fraction of Australian prices. If you know where to shop and what stores to hit you are sorted. Jess Stein of Tuula Vintage fame has a great list of vintage stores to hit while you are there. Life is not all about shopping though,and Paris is on the doorstep to Europe so why not take a whimsical Peregrine Reserve tour through Capri and Amalfi before hitting Paris for a good old fashioned shop.

Seoul is where my mothers side of the family hails from so I have two good reasons to visit. If you haven’t had a Korean BBQ, put it on your must eat list this weekend! Seoul has some incredible emerging designers as well as well established brands and the best markets you could ever imagine.

My top five “must hit next” destinations are: The Galapagos IslandsHong Kong, Kenya, Rwanda, and The Italian Lakes. What are your top destinations and top tips to travelling?

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  • Reply LenoreP Tuesday 27th November, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Aww so want to travel…especially to Paris!

  • Reply LenoreP Friday 20th July, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I would love to travel…I don’t care where!

  • Reply cuby_rop Friday 22nd June, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    absolutely agree with the wrapping of toiletries in sealed bag – it’s an absolute nightmare to clean

  • Reply sappheire Sunday 15th April, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    There is something special about being up close and personal with these seals

  • Reply Supersue Tuesday 10th April, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Thank you for the great top tips for traveling.

  • Reply Raquel24 Tuesday 10th April, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    great tips! Especially check passport lol.

  • Reply Grady Friday 6th April, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    oh, just reading travel tips makes me desperately want a holiday!

  • Reply sezzie87 Wednesday 4th April, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Can’t wait to go somewhere beautiful!

  • Reply kookiiee Tuesday 3rd April, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Will definitely remember this for when I travel

  • karan2386
    Reply karan2386 Tuesday 3rd April, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Rolling up your clothes really does work!! Helped me bring back so much when I was in Thailand earlier this year..

  • Reply thugsy Friday 30th March, 2012 at 9:45 am


  • Reply doogs Friday 30th March, 2012 at 9:42 am


  • Reply bardie Friday 30th March, 2012 at 9:39 am

    great tips

  • Reply jarjar Friday 30th March, 2012 at 9:35 am


  • Reply Chanels_Allure Tuesday 27th March, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Nice pics, I want to go to HK

  • samzyy
    Reply samzyy Saturday 24th March, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    great tips!
    i must agree that seoul is one of the best places to shop! my mother is also from korea & when i first visited, i was overwhelmed with the shopping! its fantastic! & you can always haggle!

  • safiyeTANK
    Reply safiyeTANK Friday 23rd March, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    My friend and I are heading to Europe this year, will pass this on to her!

  • newbie
    Reply newbie Wednesday 21st March, 2012 at 1:34 am

    great article!

  • Zoe93
    Reply Zoe93 Monday 19th March, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Great list. I was so careful when I was travelling ๐Ÿ™‚ I still can’t believe sometimes it feels like I pack more for a weekend away then I did for 2 months away!

  • Legssss
    Reply Legssss Sunday 18th March, 2012 at 10:07 am

    enjoyed reading this.
    Japan, south america, russia, cambodia and Israel

  • Reply ragdollbaby Saturday 17th March, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Galapagos Islands is def a dream destination for me too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply teekendall Saturday 17th March, 2012 at 10:39 am

    great ideas.

  • Reply Crystal Saturday 17th March, 2012 at 10:27 am

    wow great tips!

  • Reply lara.heaton Saturday 17th March, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Yes great ideas!

  • Reply juliew Saturday 17th March, 2012 at 8:11 am

    some great advice there

  • Reply adnrew Friday 16th March, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    good ideas

  • Reply ladadidah Friday 16th March, 2012 at 8:56 pm


  • Reply mandystsai Friday 16th March, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Great tips, really useful as I will be going to japan this year ๐Ÿ™‚

  • aimzybabe
    Reply aimzybabe Friday 16th March, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Oh my goodness, that was the best thing I have read in a very, very long time. Amazing tips, a pleasure to read! So sad about your Acne knit, would love a post about all the bargain vintage shopping/korean stores so I can plan my next holiday near them!!!


  • Reply fayzeedayzee Friday 16th March, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Love this…. XX

  • jessielee
    Reply jessielee Friday 16th March, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    ahhhh paris!

  • Reply ichigolove01 Friday 16th March, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Great tips. Versatile pieces to save space is a must, since you’ll be coming back home with a lot more things that you’ve bought along the way.

  • Reply candicelee22 Friday 16th March, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Lovely tips xx

  • Reply Zerotolove Friday 16th March, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    I want to travel nowwwww! x

  • Reply Tessa Friday 16th March, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    take me away

  • Reply KNY Friday 16th March, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Great tips, im used to travelling to Europe and have to make do for a month with what I can squeeze into the suitcase while allowing for lots of purchases…

  • Reply Whatthe Friday 16th March, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I adore that last seal shot! Love it!

  • Reply aalana Friday 16th March, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Thanks for the tips!

  • Reply diva_101 Friday 16th March, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    great tips

  • Reply Tashie Friday 16th March, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Great advice!!

  • Reply lizzie77 Friday 16th March, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    thank you for the lovely tips! going to keep in mind ๐Ÿ™‚

  • violetflower61230
    Reply violetflower61230 Friday 16th March, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    OMG this is hands down the best BWA article I’ve ever read. I’m taking a trip to Greece next year so I NEED these tips! Thanks BWA

    • aimzybabe
      Reply aimzybabe Friday 16th March, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      I definitely agree!

      I loved it, it was refreshing and I feel like I was on the holiday!

  • Reply Andrea Friday 16th March, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Add to versatile pieces that these should be things that don’t need an iron – not always the time or place to do so while travelling

  • Reply fengari Friday 16th March, 2012 at 11:21 am

    They’re really good tips!

  • flossyfewclothes
    Reply flossyfewclothes Friday 16th March, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Great advice!! especially re the sheets and pillowcase ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Reply dapperdolly Friday 16th March, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Some great tips.

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