Do you travel with style? Find out!

By Carlota Nelson | 10:30

May has arrived and we welcome it by dedicating the entire month to traveling with style! Week after week, we will let you in on the latest and best travel apps, museums, destinations, festivals, hikes, honeymoon spots, shopping routes and family trips all to be done with class and savoir faire. Whether you are a traveller, a tourist or off on a business trip, we encourage you to do it with style!

 So, what does traveling with style really mean and what makes a destination stylish?  If we were to define style as having a distinctive appearance, typically determined by fashion and class and stylish as being fashionable elegant, there are no words that better defines this aesthetic and philosophy better than the Japanese terms wabi, sabi and yügen. 

 Wabi means transient and stark beauty, while sabi refers to the beauty of natural patina and aging. Yügen is the name employed for profound grace and subtlety. These ideals are inherent to the Japanese cultural and aesthetic norms of what is considered tasteful or beautiful.  And it is deeply imbedded in their daily life. Whether it´s packing a scarf, checking into a hotel or packing a suitcase, everything is done using these ideals.

 In terms of what you wear, anyone with a credit card can be fashionable but very few people are considered to have genuine style.  It doesn´t have to do so much with draping yourself in the coolest labels and “It” items but rather taking nondescript pieces and styling them in such a way as to create an enviable look and a covetable one at that.

 When we speak of style in relation to traveling, much of this applies. It is not a question of traveling to the most expensive destinations, but rather searching for special destinations and becoming open and flexible in order to enjoy those magical moments. It basically comes down to a question of attitude and distinction.

 When traveling with style, you´ll know that less is more. Instead of a huge suitcase, choose a small one so you´re forced to edit your choices. Apart from the benefits of not having to face so many options, travelling with a carry-on allows you to avoid wasting time in line at check-in or the baggage claim. The time you gain without the hassles at the airport is time you have to enjoy and discover your destination. Our suggestion is you pack thinking in outfits, stick to a few colours and take your nicest things.

 There is a long disputed debate that differentiates a tourist from a traveller. G.K. Chesterton was quoted saying: “The traveller sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.” We prefer to focus, not on how many places you’ve seen, but how you experience them. And this can be done with style. While we get into gear and start offering you a whole month of tips, destinations and best ways to fully enjoy your travels, we would like to share a phrase by Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”

 

 

Photo Credits:

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 Nicolas Raymond

 

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