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Guide to Vietnam: Traveling in Style

One significant part of our catalog team’s journey shooting our March book in Vietnam, was getting there. It took 32 hours of airplane travel to get from Philadelphia to Vietnam:  JFK, NY –> Seoul, Korea; Seoul –> Hanoi, Vietnam. But no matter how long your journey is, here are some tips to keep you traveling in style – from our producer, who has mastered the art of travel :)

Fashion on long flights was something that I had all but given up on in the name of function and comfort. Unfortunately I was finding that often times I was running straight from the airport to a work meeting or a nice hotel lobby and my disheveled flight look just wasn’t cutting it. Here are a few things that I’ve learned over the years:

1. Wear a comfortable pant layer. Black leggings or stretch jeans are comfortable and basic.

2. Wear layers on top … you never know whether you are going to be freezing or sweating on your flight and both of these conditions affect the way you look when you arrive. I often wear 3 layers…a tee shirt, a long sleeve tee and a cardi. This prepares me for any scenario while on the plane and when I arrive!

3. Slip on shoes are a must! I try to wear socks to keep my bare feet off the airport security floor but if I don’t, I am sure to pack a pair of plush socks in my bag so my feet don’t get cold on the flight.

4. One other item that I am personally partial to is a large scarf that I purchased a few years back. It’s a bit of a security blanket for me at this point and I don’t travel without it. It fits perfectly in my carry on and I use it for everything from a blanket to a pillow while on my flight. It also doesn’t hurt to have it once you arrive … its always nice to have an extra layer just in case the weather is colder then planned!

Martha wearing the silk terry poncho – we love this as a beach cover up or a soft, comfy extra layer!


Michele in the silk terry tracksuit romper – I have had my eyes on this item since I first saw it in our studio, the fabric is amazing and looks so comfy for traveling.




There is often a lot of down time when traveling. One of my favorite pastimes is drawing and there are a few games that I learned in art class years ago that are still fun to do with a group of friends. We played this game all of the time in Vietnam … waiting to check into hotels, on flights, in the van, on the boat…the reason I love drawing games for trips is because they don’t take up a lot of space or any special tools aside from pen and paper. I am not sure of the official name of the game shown above … it is very simple. One person draws a scribble across a page, passes the paper to a friend and the friend’s goal is to “find” a picture in the simple scribble. There is no wrong solution and the more creative the better :) once one person has made their drawing then they make a scribble and pass it on. It’s quick and fun, and sometimes results in some great artwork!

Up next: beautiful Halong Bay

And check out our producer’s blog here!

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Mena -March 7, 2012, 11:51AM

Amen!!!!!!! so true … the important thing it’s to be comfortable, have fun if you can’t sleep and relax so when you arrive everything looks even more fun!!!



Tammy -March 7, 2012, 1:07PM

What a great post! The tips for travel clothing is spot on. As it turns out, I always find stylish, effortless people walking through an airport. Slip-on shoes are a must like you said but also avoid wearing anything big and flowy on bottom, like a maxi skirt. They will want to pat you down separately.
And ah yes, the squiggle game. I played that with my family growing up, especially while traveling but find I play with my artsy friends any chance I get.

cj -March 7, 2012, 2:21PM

The game is called “Exquisite Corpse”. History link.

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