World Travel – Pros and Cons

beach-84533_960_720The problem with travel is that it requires travel! This usually means you need to fly to your various destinations. Well, as most of us world travels know this can be a test of stamina and endurance. There is no doubt and a fact that flying is an amazing feat of engineering. For instance, how can a 350 thousand pound plane with 50 thousand pounds of fuel and hosting two hundred passengers with luggage fly through the air at 500 miles per hour? I know my husband, the German flight stress engineer would love to explain these facts in detail but we don’t have the time to get too detailed here! The fact remains that the logistics for those who traveling can be a test of endurance that is way too often a rather torturous event.

We have just spent a much needed pleasant change of pace and relaxing ten days on vacation in the southern Caribbean on a friend’s sail boat. Getting there and back has been anything but pleasant or relaxing. Our outward bound flight from LAX was smooth flying with three transfers but upon arrival found us without our luggage, which it seems did not fly with us. Nothing really new here, except we had to journey on the next day to meet up with our friend and host on her sail boat. So, on landing in Grenada we not only had no luggage we also needed to stress about whether the lost bag would ever turn up and if so when, and then how it would find us in the eastern part of the Caribbean. Luckily we are seasoned travels and had carried on swimwear, toiletries and self-defense weapons. After our first night spent in a hotel we then made numerous phone calls as to where the lost bag was and if found how it would possibly get transported to us at our soon to be remote location. Amazingly, and much to our surprise the bag was located 24 hours later and American Airlines arranged to have it sent by ferry boat so we could collect it from the dock. This in its self was a pleasant surprise.

Homeward bound was another exhausting stress filled travel experience that goes down in my scrapbook of travel experiences as a marathon journey! Broken plane parts resulted in a ten hour delay in Grenada, which then resulted in the domino effect of missed connections, frustrations, exhaustion, more frustration and a fascination of how, for the most part good natured people are when pushed through these extreme travel experiences. Thankfully, after 36 hours in transit found us safely home!

So, what does all the above have to do with fashion? People watching while traveling is for me the most interesting and a time consuming hobby. What people choose to wear for any occasion is fascinating stuff for clothes minded person like myself, but traveling internationally can be an interesting observation of what people choose to wear while traveling.

It seems that “Juicy” on the butt is still a popular fashion statement with some! Most of us may well ask, “why”, would an attractive, intelligent women (or girl) want to walk around with that statement so close to a bodily area that ……… well, let’s not even go there!

Cargo pockets are really the ideal choice for travel for men if they don’t over stuff them with everything needed for a two week vacation.

Pedal pushers in all styles and fabrics for women with and without cargo pockets.

Denim in all weights are to be seen while traveling, including; leg shapes, low raisers, high raisers, various sizes, fits, stitching details, pocket design, distressing and with multiple finishes. Nothing new here.

Workout gear can be seen on more travelers this season. This seems to me to be the ideal choice for comfort and practicality. Need for layering is important as you can be boiling in Miami and then on the plane freeze yourself to death sitting next to the escape doors where the draft is so severe it can make the journey miserable just trying to keep your feet at a normal temperature.

T-shirts galore in all shapes, styles, with a vast variety of graphics and sizes!!! Some more grotesque, obscene, confusing and stupid than the next! Then there are some who choose to wear the shorter length t-shirt that expose rolls of fat and protruding belly buttons with a confidence of the wearer that makes them seem proud to be carrying around all that extra fat.

Running shoes and thongs in every imaginable color, shape and brand on the planet. Personally, I prefer shoes that slip on and off for easy of maneuvering through the strip down security search blockade.

Color trends – Every color under the sun! Mix and match are preferred!

Other than the above I do not have much to report on the latest fashion trends for travelers. All very boring stuff!

However, we are glad to be home in southern California where the weather is beautiful year round.

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