How To Travel With Style
You've graduated college and finally make enough money to stay in lodgings that don't involve bunk beds or shared bathrooms when you travel; you need to learn how to travel with style. You don't necessarily need to spend a ton of money staying at five star hotels to look like a million bucks while you're abroad.
- Don't wear your pajamas on the airplane. Leave the sweat pants and dirty old T-shirts you sleep in at home. In fact, just throw them out. No matter how long your flight is—even if you're going all the was to China or Australia—wearing pajamas onboard looks incredibly tacky. If you want to travel with style, wear a dress shirt and trousers or nice jeans. Long flights can be a great place to meet women. If you have the good luck to get seated next to one, don't gross her out with your laundry-day attire.
- Learn the local language, or at least local customs. If you're traveling abroad, learning the local language can make you seem like more of a stylish and elegant foreigner and less like a clueless tourist. At the very least, learn how to not offend or disgust the local population.
- Stay in boutique hotels. The word boutique is usually associated with women, but a boutique hotel is a small, stylish, often independently-owned hotel that caters to visitors with good taste. Boutique hotels are not the same thing as bed and breakfasts. Whereas a bed and breakfast is usually someone's home that you stay in while you are spending a romantic weekend with your girlfriend, a boutique hotel is more suited to single travelers. You won't need to eat breakfast at the same table as the family that owns the place and you'll have more privacy. You'll also get to sleep in a room decorated by a professional interior decorator with furniture that did not come from an Ikea.
- Buy some quality luggage. Your old duffel bag might carry your stuff adequately, but it looks a little beat. If you really want to travel with style, invest in some nice luggage. Don't buy the same black Samsonite that every person on your plane has. Get something in leather and it may last you a lifetime.
- Read up on places to eat before you go. Don't travel to Paris and eat in an American chain restaurant. Read up on the local dining scene in guides and online reviews so that you can pick a few restaurants you want to try before you arrive. Choosing stylish places to eat in a place you've never been can be tough—sometimes the coolest places are not in the center of the city where you'll probably be staying. Make a list of a couple of places you'd like to try and write down their addresses and directions on how to get there before you go.