As a girly girl with a fashion degree and an unhealthy attachment to my straighteners, my first experience of backpacking was a little daunting. I read countless books and threads about packing lists and things not to take, and the advice was the same all round: leave the heels at home, you don’t need make-up, you won’t ever use a hairdryer let alone hair straighteners. I was afraid, very afraid. Obviously I was also anxious about travelling the world solo and leaving the safety of home behind, but why does that mean I have to have frizzy hair and wear flip flops on nights out? I threw caution to the wind and took my home comforts with me anyway. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t one of those girls with the 30kg suitcase who arrive at a quaint guesthouse and expect there to be a lift. When I set off on my first adventure, my backpack was 18kg and I could easily carry it around on my back. ‘So suck it Lonely Planet’ I thought. I can do this my way.
And I did. The girly and (mostly) stylish way.
I have since travelled Southeast Asia, Australia, the United States and parts of Europe. And I always carry heels in my backpack.
So that leads me to this little blog thing I’ve got going on here. I wish there had been someone out there to give me advice catered to me and my particular branch of backpacking. Not necessarily flashpacking, but backpacking with a bit of style at least. So I’m stepping up to the plate. Sharing my experiences of travelling and dishing out some (hopefully) helpful tips for how you can do it and still be awesome.
Well that’s the plan anyway. Let me know what you think.