Why some va­ca­tion­ers like to dress to im­press: Travel sur­vey

The Borneo Post - Nature and health - - Eq Vital Signs -

IF YOU’RE the Crazy Rich Asian type of hol­i­day­maker who spends as much time plan­ning out your va­ca­tion wardrobe as your travel itin­er­ary, the re­sults of a new global sur­vey show you’re hardly alone. With New York, Mi­lan and Paris set to pull out the run­ways for fash­ion week sea­son, Book­ing.com has re­leased the re­sults of a new travel and fash­ion sur­vey that polled 21,500 trav­ellers across 29 coun­tries on what hol­i­day­mak­ers pack in their suit­cases. Turns out that for some, the hol­i­days present the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to step out of their sar­to­rial shell.

Over­all, one in three (35 per cent) re­spon­dents said they choose brighter, more colour­ful hol­i­day out­fits com­pared to their ev­ery­day wardrobes, while a quar­ter of trav­ellers ad­mit­ted to pack­ing more dar­ing items of cloth­ing – a top with a plung­ing neck­line, per­haps, or a sheer fab­ric – that they wouldn’t nor­mally wear at home. “A va­ca­tion is the time to get experimental with your style, the en­vi­ron­ment of­ten al­lows you to be bold and ad­ven­tur­ous with prints, tex­tures, and ac­ces­sories,” said Book­ing.com style am­bas­sador Chris­tian Cowan in a state­ment.

“It’s the per­fect time to try out a new look that you wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily wear at home, whether that’s due to a dif­fer­ent cul­ture or dif­fer­ent climate. When it comes to va­ca­tion style I have one piece of ad­vice: go big or go home.” The sur­vey also showed that glob­ally, 39 per cent of re­spon­dents ad­mit­ted they care more about their phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance while on va­ca­tion, than at home. The most pop­u­lar rea­son for be­ing pick­ier about what they wear on hol­i­day? To look their best in va­ca­tion pho­tos that will end up on so­cial me­dia like In­sta­gram and Face­book. Mean­while, friends, fam­ily and TV pro­grammes were cited as the big­gest sources of in­spi­ra­tion for trav­ellers (in that or­der), fol­lowed by life­style in­flu­encers. A full 30 per cent of re­spon­dents also ad­mit­ted to pack­ing strate­gi­cally, in or­der to dress bet­ter than their trav­el­ling com­pan­ions. Re­spon­dents were polled in coun­tries in­clud­ing Aus­tralia, France, Ja­pan, China, In­dia, the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Bel­gium, In­done­sia, Sin­ga­pore and South Korea.

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