How to Look Chic While Traveling on a Budget

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Spring break has arrived, and I can't believe how fast my time abroad is flying by! I'm not much of a planner, so most of my European adventures have been fairly last-minute including my brief trip to Paris this past weekend. So far, I've traveled to Italy, Switzerland, Spain, and France, and I'm looking forward to spending time in England and Greece in the next two weeks. Thankfully, I don't have any midterms, so I have plenty of time to check off the major cities I've been eager to see.    

I experienced Paris for the first time about two years ago, and I fell in love with the city's sense of romanticism and ease. Traveling can appear glamorous thanks to carefully edited photos at stunning destinations, but in reality, jet-setting from place to place on a student's budget can equate to limited baggage space and less-than-luxurious accommodations including low-cost hostels and hotels.

Though touring the world's most iconic cities is a privilege in itself, looking and feeling your best can certainly add to the experience. I'm still learning as I go, but over the past couple of months, I've picked up a few tips and tricks to looking and feeling chic while traveling with limited time and money.

  1. Pack items that won't wrinkle easily- Sure, that linen shirt-dress looks great when steamed but not so much after being crammed into your carry-on for hours. Stick to low maintenance pieces that you know will look great regardless of special care.    
  2. Bring a hat- We've all been there; you need to wash your hair, but after sleeping in, you simply don't have time. Conceal your bad hair day with a cute beret or baker boy cap, and you'll be able to enjoy the moment rather than worry about greasy strands. 
  3. Wear practical shoes- Listen to your instincts on this one. If your mind is telling you those pointed toe booties are a bad match for cobblestone streets, they probably are. 
  4. Plan your outfits and take pictures- It's too easy to over or under-pack when you don't compose completed looks beforehand. Even if you don't end up wearing exactly what you anticipated, planning will help you bring a reasonable number of pieces for the duration of your travels. 
  5. Select pieces you can wear in multiple ways- This one is pretty obvious, but a reminder never hurts! Rocking that statement coat may be fun for a day until you realize your outfits look nearly identical for the entire week. Favoring basic items in neutral colors can allow for more versatility with fewer pieces.

Please enjoy your time off whether you're traveling the world or relaxing with loved ones at home. I'm so incredibly grateful for this experience of a lifetime. As cliché as it sounds, living abroad has truly has transformed my perspective and challenged me to be more independent. Keep an eye out for updates on my Instagram, @stylebrooke, as I depart for London today. Thank you for stopping by.

xx Brooke 

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