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Pack Perfect: How To Not Look Like A Tourist In Greece

Greece is the ultimate chic summer getaway… don’t you think? Think glamorous, warm nights sipping local white wine, soaking in the sun with your girlfriends while noshing on fresh fruit and exploring the iconic white-washed coastlines. Should you find yourself booking a dreamy trip to Greece, it’s important to pack items that will keep you cool while also looking lovely and put together. After all, the refined style of European women is so incredible. Here’s how to not look like a tourist in Greece!

Pack Perfect: How To Not Look Like A Tourist In Greece

A Cool Slip Dress

We love a midi dress for travel because it’s the perfect combination of glamorous, yet conservative and cool. This v-neck style is effortless and can be worn alone, as a slip under a layered tee or underneath a cardigan after the sun sets. Plus, the pop of teal will have you looking one with Santorini/Greece’s iconic architecture.

Pack Perfect: How To Not Look Like A Tourist In Greece

A Midi Eyelet Skirt

A fit and flare skirt ripped right from an old black and white film. We love this flirty, feminine little number – especially because it pairs well with so many different looks and is super lightweight. It’s the perfect choice for wine tasting or shopping in boutiques.

Pack Perfect: How To Not Look Like A Tourist In Greece

Vintage Inspired Sunglasses

Greece’s harsh sunlight is no joke – so be sure to pack a pair of vintage-esque sunglasses with great UVA/UVB protection!

Pack Perfect: How To Not Look Like A Tourist In Greece

A Nautical-Inspired One Piece Swimsuits With A Feminine Twist

This one piece has the perfect amount of coverage, while still remaining classic and subtly sexy. It’s the perfect choice to wear underneath a coverup or airy dress knowing that you’ll be near the oceanside later in the day. When choosing a swimsuit for Greece, I like to ere on the side of slightly conservative (for my own comfort) with unique details, like a cool belt or a ruched fabric detail like this one. If you’d rather rock a two piece, I love this athetlic option with denim looking fabric!

A Romantic Ruffled Top

This crisp white, ruffled top has a nod of romanticism while also being functional. Pair it with denim on a cooler day or layer it over a swimsuit after dipping into a pool during the mid day heat. Greece is well known for its romance (it is considered to be one of the ultimate honeymoon destinations for a reason), so be sure to dress in tandem with its vibe!

Pack Perfect: How To Not Look Like A Tourist In Greece

Packable Sunscreen Spray

To protect your precious skin during your long walks around Santorini’s beaches or the harsh sun while exploring ancient sites like the Acropolis, be sure to pick up a packable sunscreen spray. We love this one because it can easily slip into your bag and is TSA approved! (P.S. if you’re looking for eco-friendly products we love, check this post out!)

Pack Perfect: How To Not Look Like A Tourist In Greece

Platform Wedges

We love wedges for travel because they inconspicuously add some height while being comfortable enough to wear all day. European women are known for wearing sky high heels (even on cobblestoned streets), but you won’t be looking like a tourist in these bad boys. These wedges are so comfy because of their thick ankle straps support your ankles and keep your feet from sliding around.P

Pack Perfect: How To Not Look Like A Tourist In Greece

A High Waisted Bikini

Go for a vintage look with a chic high waisted, belted bikini bottom for the perfect amount of coverage, paired with a classic, supportive top. The paradise blue color will have you blending in with the Santorini skies with ease!

An Easy Mini Bag

This chic little bag is has ultimate cool-girl look. The crochet detail feels artisan and its mini-size won’t have you feeling weighed down.

Pack Perfect: How To Not Look Like A Tourist In Greece

Hoping you have the most glamorous, romantic time in Greece! With these looks, you’ll be looking like a local in no time. Happy packing!

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How To Live Out Of A Suitcase For Over A Month (And Still Look Stylish)

Extended travel is one of the most exciting things a traveler can take on! Whether you’re about to take on your study abroad experience for a semester, temporarily living and working remotely or about to take on an epic adventure of your lifetime… long term trips all face one problem – PACKING.

I’m pretty sure all of us have struggled with overpacking. Especially those of us who adore options in our wardrobe! However, when on a long term trip, there’s really no room for extra alternatives. Our suitcases need to be filled with the good stuff and nothing extra!

As an adventurer who has primarily traveled long term, I have a few tricks up my sleeve. Here are my simple tips and tricks for living out of a suitcase for over a month (while still still looking stylish and polished)!

Understand Your Staple, Flexible Closet Items

Investing in quality, staple closet items that go with everything is KEY. That means spend a couple extra bucks on a clothing item that can be easily mixed and matched, thrown on (no matter the occassion) and accessorized to change its overall vibe.

​​​​​​​A great button down shirt, comfy jeans, a slick leather jack and casually-cool flats are crucial items in every traveler’s suitcase. Looking stylish with limited items to choose from simply comes from the practice of curating items that do it all and go with everything and every setting.

Limit Your Shoes

You read that right. Limit your shoes, ladies! The truth is, no matter how much you love your shoes… they’re the buckliest and heaviest items in your suitcase.I live and die by a three shoe limit. Deeply consider the activities you’ll be partaking in and pack those shoes accordingly. No more, no less!

Packing Cubes Are Your Friends

Organize your clothing items into packing cubes. There are lots of way to pack them up (by style, by occassion, by need, by day)… but no matter how you do it, I love how packing cubes keep everything in their place while also compressing them down!

Know Your “Airport Outfit”

Nailing your airport outfit is a sign of truly becoming an adventuress, if you ask me. Clearly knowing the outfit you love to pop on that keeps you cozy and comfy is key. And often, we can manipulate the system (and our outfit) to work in our favor.

​​​​​P.S. Wear your heaviest shoes and jackets on your body (that way you won’t have to worry about exceeding your weight limit on your suitcase)!

Color Coordination

If you’re a girl who loves a pop of color, embrace that! But just be sure all your pieces go together in some shape or form. Color clashing is fun and all, but it’s just a better idea to coordinate your clothing pieces so that they go together like peanut butter and jelly. So, pack those pieces that pack a punch… but just be sure that not all your pieces are statement pieces.

Coordinate your colors in your suitcase. Denim or a color scheme in shades and variations of similar hues will give you more flexibiilty when it’s time to get dressed!

Layering

Layering is the chicest way to dress for changing weather (and occassion) without overpacking. Keeping a suitcase filled with simple, classic layering pieces makes dressing a breeze.

Laundry On The Go

Eek! Some time during your adventures, there will come a time that you will need to do laundry. Don’t fight it. I’m a gal who hates doing laundry, even while at home. But let me tell you, after a while… there’s no avoiding it! Do a quick little search on your lodging’s website to see if they can offer laundry service (most hotels and hostels do). If not, buckle down and do it on a rainy afternoon in between sights. It may not be glamorous, but your clothing will thank you (and so will your travel companions)!


Looking stylish while living out of a suitcase comes down to a few simple yet steadfast tricks. I promise that with some intentional care and attention… you’ll be rocking some adorable looks that also serve their purpose while you’re exploring the world!

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Packing Tips For A Cold Weather Trip

Any avid traveler will tell you that packing for a cold weather trip can be challenging, especially because the clothes you need are much more heavier and bulkier. To strike the balance between packing too much and not freezing, you can follow this checklist!

Choose Good Base Layers

 

Your choice of base layers is important because it’s your first line of protection against the cold. Base layers help trap heat. Popular fabrics include merino wool, bamboo extracts, synthetic fiber, and cotton. Merino wool is the most ideal, but it can be quite expensive. Pack at least two to three base layers, depending on your length of stay. You also need to bring a few short-sleeved wool shirts and at least two pairs of liner socks.

Don’t Take Your PJs For Granted

Just because you’re going somewhere cold doesn’t mean you can’t wear pajamas. In fact, it makes them even more essential. You need to make sure that you pack clothing that will keep you warm throughout the night—especially if you’re on an adventure holiday where you could be sleeping in a tent or log cabin where there’s little to no heating. 

Opt For Lightweight Jacket

Instead of bringing a fleece, take a lightweight down jacket with you instead. Columbia Women’s Mighty Lite Hooded Jacket is highly recommended as it’s versatile, light, and good for backpacking. It’s a great mid layer for when you’re going skiing and it has a beautiful crossover appeal, too.

Go For Cargo Or Hiking Pants

 

When it comes to your choice of pants, cargo is the best, but hiking pants will also work great, especially if you’re off on a winter adventure. Make sure you get ones that are warm, breathable, and light.  super stretchy, lightweight, and doesn’t absorb moisture, perfect for summer treks in cold places like Iceland. Denim pants are a great choice, too, if you want something that could double as casual wear.

 

 


What are your classic cold-weather items you always pack?

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A Gift Guide For a Dame Traveler

Dame Traveler's Gift Guide For Female Travelers

Gift shopping can be tricky! Especially for our gal pals (or ourselves!) that always seem to have a major case of wanderlust. What do you get a girl who’s seen the wide and wonderful world? So often, female travelers value experiences over things. They collect moments over physical goods. We know that shopping for women who travel can be tricky. And that’s why we’re excited to share our top picks for our gift guide for female travelers!

From tech goodies for the digital nomad, photographer or gal on the go, our staple pieces we always love packing and some thoughtful, creative gifts she’ll cherish for life… happy shopping! 

Dame Traveler's Gift Guide For Female Travelers


MANEBÍ LEATHER SNEAKERS

These rose gold beauties are the perfect travel shoe that adds a little pop of color. Perfect for summer and winter trips, these sneakers are comfy and versatile. Great for dressing up an outfit while also keeping comfortable. And we love that they are ethically made by Italian artisans for the modern traveler. We’re obsessed!

Dame Traveler's 2018 Gift Guide For Female Travelers

LO & SONS CLAREMONT CAMERA BAG

We’re never without our Lo & Sons purse! This camera bag is stylish enough to pass as a regular crossbody purse, but functions as the perfect home for your precious photography goods.

Designed specifically to fit and protect DSLR cameras, this leather crossbody purse is a must for female travelers. And if you’re worried about size… fear not! The internal padding keeps your camera and an extra lens secure and there’s lots of extra room for your cash, keys and daily essentials.

Best of all, the Claremont bag doesn’t look like a tourists’ camera bag! We love that it doesn’t draw attention to itself when in busy tourist areas to potential thieves.

Dame Traveler's 2018 Gift Guide For Female Travelers

FLYTOGRAPHER PHOTOSHOOT

Ready for the gift that will make any traveler beside themselves? Book them a photoshoot on their next trip!

We know that travelers value memories and moments – so why not give them a momento that will last a lifetime? Flytographer allows travelers to book photoshoots with photographers around the globe to document their adventures. A gift card with Flytographer gives travelers the gift of memories… a perfect travel souvenir!

Having photos of their adventures in their favorite places in the world is a sentimental gift that any traveler will love for years to come. Imagine being able to show beautiful photos of their wild adventures for generations to come. Gift them a gift that will keep on giving! And be sure that they use the code DAMETRAVELER2019 for $25 off their shoot.

Dame Traveler's 2018 Gift Guide For Female Travelers

MARYSIA’S SCALLOPED ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT

This chic and comfortable swimsuit is our favorite because of its full coverage and support. We love the vintage silhouette of the capped sleeves and low scooped back, and its raw edge, hand cut scalloped edges add the perfect adorable details. Quick drying, fully lined and made with a great stretch – this swimsuit is always in our suitcases. This one piece is versatile enough to be worn on the beaches around the world, no matter the location!

Dame Traveler's 2018 Gift Guide For Female Travelers

SMITTEN ON PAPER’S PETITE PLANNER

We love this handy, little planner!As much as we live by our e-calendars, there’s nothing like putting plans down with pen and paper. The weekly layout is the most perfect size, as it doesn’t take up too much room in our bag, and is perfect for travelers who need to keep themselves (and their schedule) organized. We also love this planner’s tiny little details, like the gold foiled stamping and blush paper.

Dame Traveler's 2018 Gift Guide For Female Travelers

ALLBIRDS TREE RUNNERS

These sneaks are the ideal travel companion for those active days sightseeing and exploring. Light, breezy, cool and cute, the Allbirds Tree Runners conforms to the foot and keeps them cool and odor free. Plus, they’re machine washable and soft enough to wear sock less! Better yet, you can wear these out and about knowing that your purchase is environment friendly with a low carbon footprint. Be sure to get these sneakers for the traveler who’s on the go!

Dame Traveler's 2018 Gift Guide For Female Travelers

GOOGLE PIXEL 3XL

We’re constantly asked what smartphones a traveler should have – especially for one who wants to capture photos on the go. We have one answer – the Google Pixel 3XL. This bad boy produces the sharpest images, in our opinion, and is sleek and modern. Its 8 MP wide angel and telephoto cameras really make it stand out amongst the crowd. We’re constantly blown away at the high quality images it produces over and over again. 

Dame Traveler's 2018 Gift Guide For Female Travelers

MYCHARGE’S RAZOR PLATINUM CHARGER

Ask any traveler what they’re always in need of – and their answer will mostly like be… more charge! Us explorers depend on having fully powered at the drop of a hat. Our technology, from our laptops, cameras, smartphones and more, are our ultimate needs and resources while on the go. That’s why we love MyCharge’s Razor Platinum Charger – it does it all. It’s the most powerful portable charger capable of powering a MacBook in 100 minutes, tablets, and other devices. And it’s small enough that it doesn’t take up room in our bags!

Dame Traveler's 2018 Gift Guide For Female Travelers

KREWE’S POLARIZED SUNGLASSES

Krewe’s sunglasses are our absolute favorite. Not only are they chic and vintage inspired, but they also offer a lifetime warrantee and are prescription ready. That means any nicks or scratches that often happen to us travelers’s shades are taken care of! 

Dame Traveler's 2018 Gift Guide For Female Travelers

Happy shopping Dame Travelers!

Dame Traveler's 2018 Gift Guide For Female Travelers
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What’s In Our Day Bag For Sightseeing

A girl on the go has gotta be ready for a full day of the good stuff: sightseeing, exploring, noshing on treats, fulfilling her itinerary and bucketlists and saying yes to the unexpected turns of adventure. But being prepared for the full day’s worth of travel is not easy – and that’s a total understatement. Today we wanted to spotlight the key accessories and must-haves we always pack in our day bag for sightseeing!


Slim Wallet

When on the go, the space taken up by odds and ends in your day bag is prime real estate! That’s why we love a small, slim wallet. Stocked with ID’s, credit cards, a photocopy of our passports and a small section for coins.

Sunglasses

Is there anything more chic than a traveler wearing her vintage inspired sunglasses? UVA/B protected – of course. We love frames that feel nostalgic and pack up easily in our day bag for sightseeing on the go.

A Small Yet Mighty, Packable Umbrella

Our motivations are obvious for this one! We love a durable, yet packable umbrella that does the job while not taking up too much space in our bags. Davek’s Traveler Umbrella does just the trick. It’s extremely convenient, small and lighter than most mini umbrellas, so we’re always joyful to have it prepped and ready no matter what weather comes our way!

Packable Water Bottle

We’re all about reduce wasting! That’s why we love a reusable water bottle when traveling. Not only will you save cash buying overpriced water bottles here and there on your trip… but you can also feel good about reducing plastics.

Small Toiletries

Trust us on this! Little, tiny toiletries – like a moisturizing chap stick, a reliable concealer and a portable mascara – save the day after a long afternoon of sightseeing. You can find our favorite tiny, TSA-approved beauty favorites here!

Daily Medicine

An obvious packed item in our day bag! Daily medicine stowed for any sort of issue while out and about is important. Depending on your location, you may really struggle to find a reliable pharmacy. Save yourself the headache (literally!) and pack your own small portions of your daily over-the-counter and prescription medicines.

Chargers

Considering how much we rely on our phones, it’s important to store our charger in our day bag! A few hours relying on offline maps or getting snap-happy in gorgeous locations will put a serious dent in your phone’s battery. Think ahead and bring your charger or extra battery.

Hair Ties

For gals with long hair, pack a couple of these bad boys in your day bag and thank us later. Sometimes we leave our rooms in the morning unaware of how hot it can get! Having an extra hair tie in your bag can really save the day on those humid, scorching days that pop up unexpectedly.

Travel Journal & Pen

We’re stationary snobs, if you didn’t know that already from our round up of our favorite journals perfect for travelers. You’ll never find us without a little, packable journal and pen in our bag! It’s something we turn to when we have a free minute at a cafe or waiting for public transportation.

Scarf

Having a scarf packed in our day bag for sightseeing may seem a little unnecessary, but we can’t tell you how often we reach for it! Sometimes a cool morning or an unplanned stop at a historic, religious site comes up in your day. Having a scarf to wrap around your arms gives you the modesty to enter these places (or just keep your warm)! Having a trusty travel scarf is sort of a must as a traveler.

Sunscreen

Save your skin and pack a little bottle of sunscreen for a long day out! We’re guilty for forgetting ours and paying the price for it. No matter where you are, sun damage is a real thing!



What’s in your day bag for sightseeing? Are there any must-haves you always need to have with you that we missed?

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