Fashion, Travel

Carry On Challenge: What I Learned

Hey, guys!  Welcome back to Talk Fabulous!

Today, I’m sharing what I learned from my self-inflicted Carry On Challenge.  See the previous posts in this series here and here.  In the name of full disclosure, we did not carry on.  We could’ve as everything did indeed fit.  However, we wouldn’t have had any room for souvenirs.  We love a good souvenir, I mean who doesn’t, right?  So instead we checked a bag.  I still learned some valuable lessons, which I’ll share with you right now. 

In order to fully understand my story, we need to back up a little.  All the way back to 2013.  The hubby (who was then just my bf) and I took a trip to Barcelona, Spain.  Having never been overseas, I studied a lot on European style, specifically in Spain, so I had a good idea of what to wear and basically how not to look like a tourist.  My studies paid off and I had the clothes I needed.   

Fast forward to a trip to San Diego in 2015.  I had been to San Diego before, although not in the heat of the summer.  Figuring I already knew what to wear since it was a US destination and I had been there, I didn’t do much investigating as far as what to bring.  Oops!  It was HOT there that weekend and I had cute summer pieces that were a little too clingy to be terribly comfortable.  Plus, the style there is so laid back and casual and everything I brought was a bit too dressy.  Did I learn from my mistake, let’s see…

Last year, the hubby and I went to Orange Beach, Alabama for our honeymoon.  Yes, to Alabama, they have beaches!  Don’t tell anyone, though, it’s a secret.  Anyway, as I was packing I thought of the typical southern style you hear about.  Super dressy and sometimes over-the-top, girls getting dressed up to go to football games, you know, these types of things.  Keeping that in mind, I packed dressier items wanting to fit in with all the cute southern girls.  Welp, wrong again.  People do not dress like that in Orange Beach.  It’s a beach town after all and people have a much more beachy, laid-back style.

Now for the current trip, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, which is just outside of Biloxi.  Yes, Mississippi, they have beaches too!  Figuring this would be much like Orange Beach, again I didn’t study.  I packed beachy, laid-back clothes to fit in with the locals.  Yup, you guessed it, I was wrong again.  Even though Biloxi is a beach town, it’s not exclusively a beach town.  People here were dressed much more like a typical southerner.  Also, it’s so HUMID there!  Oh so humid!  I’m talking actual temp of 89 with a heat index of 106.  So HUMID!!!  Everything I brought was way too clingy to be comfortable in such a climate.  I didn’t even have any shorts with me, because, you know, September.  Silly me!  To remedy the situation, I made a trip to the local Wal-Mart to purchase some light and breezy clothes, which was fun.  I was much more comfortable after that shopping trip!

The point is, even if you’re going to a destination within your own country, it’s a good idea to do some research.  What are people wearing?  How dressy are their clothes?  Are their clothes clingy or not so much?  What’s the temperature and humidity like?  Things of this nature.  It’ll save you so much time in the long run and help you fit in with the locals.
What are some of your travel tips?
That’s all for today.  See you guys in my next post!
Have a fabulous weekend, lovelies!

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