Viajera Filipino, in partnership with We Are Sole Sisters and Our Awesome Planet presents Travel + Fashion Takeover: Manila a workshop on Travel Planning, Fashion and Inspiration, with guest speakers Alexandra Jimenez of TravelFashionGirl.com and Aleah Taboclaon of Solitary Wanderer. The event was held at A_Space Manila near Greenbelt 5, Makati.
We had a fun time learning travel tips and sharing our stories with everyone. Here are the highlights of the workshop…
The main speaker Alexandra Jimenez, owner and editor of TravelFashionGirl.com, has been traveling around the world since 2008. She’s been to 40 countries on six continents.
Living out of a single carry-on suitcase, Alexandra with her nomadic lifestyle and business background gives a unique perspective that has gain Travel Fashion Girl’s Popularity.
- The secret to carry-on travel is a capsule wardrobe. That consists of 8-15 carefully chosen items that are interchangeable and maximize outfit options.
- Don’t forget to check the weather at your destination.
- Choose versatile clothes that can be worn on all or most of your planned activities- make a list!
- Research the local culture, customs, & religion. Wear respectable clothes in conservative areas- cover shoulder and knees.
- Make a budget for new clothing and travel gear. Don’t have one? Plan on using these tips to shop your own closet.
- Pack 1 week’s worth of clothing for trips of any length – 1 week to 1 year. Plan on doing laundry once a week while your travel. Buying quick dry fabric is ideal.
After the presentation, Alexandra was joined by Aleah Taboclaon and Tessa Viajera for the Q & A session.
One of the more serious questions asked was the issue of women travelling alone, the danger they posed to themselves, and the judgement from friends and family members.
- Be confident! It’s all about the attitude.
- Prove to your family and friends that you can travel safely. At the end of the day, you will have the experience they never had.
- Don’t act like a lost tourist.
- Be aware of your surroundings, follow your gut feeling and choose the people you talk to.
- Take risks, but not unnecessary risks.
- Do research first hand, if you find that area dangerous don’t go out alone and don’t go out at night.
- Research on the type of scams and crimes of that country.
- You are never travelling alone, the staffs of the hotel, restaurants and fellow traveler staying in the hostel are more than happy to help you.
Check out Lonely Planet's "Top tips for safe travel."
After the workshop, I must admit I was really inspired to travel even more!
Live an Awesome Life,
Abi of Our Awesome Planet Team
Disclosure: Our Awesome Planet is a co-presenter of this event. We wrote this article with our biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.
P.S. Watch out for more travel related events and seminars from OAP! Let me know what kind of topics would you be interested in.