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Guide to Choosing the Perfect Travel Bag

Finding the perfect travel bag can be a challenge. You want your bag to be functional and practical for traveling, but not have to compromise on how stylish it is.

So, for when you need to consider form and function for your perfect travel bag, here are some tips on how to choose a cute handbag for travelling:

Style

When travelling comfort is key- no one wants a bag that keeps slipping out of place or too small to fit everything. Luckily there are many types of travel bags out there so we can opt for a practical bag that is still cute. Some of the best designs for travelling are totes, backpacks, crossbody bags and shoulder bags.

Material

There are many material options for travel bags, such as leather, water-resistant nylon and more. Leather is by far one of the best materials for a travel bag because while beautiful and super durable, it is also slash proof. You can find some gorgeous handmade travel bags online, on websites like Mirta for example, that carries authentic made in Italy leather goods.

Size

The size of a travel bag bag is extremely important because you want to be able to fit what is needed during your travel days, but you don’t want it to be too big that it is uncomfortable to carry. You’ll want your travel essentials such as your phone, wallet, documents and passport, as well as any personal essentials at all times and not have to leave anything behind because your bag is too small!

Security measures

Security measures are an important aspect of your travel bag. Two things you’ll want to consider are RFID and zippers. Many travel bags come with RFID blocking card and passport slots, which make it difficult for your information to be stolen electronically. As for zippers, you’ll want your bag to close well and stay closed well while you’re traveling. Inside zippers also give another layer of safety.

A crossbody travel bag is arguably one of the most secure travel bags because they are less targeted by purse thieves since you wear it across your body and it also makes it easier on travelers because it ensures you are hands-free (though wearing it on your front and placing a hand on it in crowded places is recommended).

Good quality and durability

Traveling isn’t always easy on a handbag, so want to choose a bag that is durable and good quality. That way, it won’t show too much wear and tear after only some use and you can continue to use it for future trips as well. Plus, you want your bag to withstand its use while on your travels and not have to deal with a broken bag.

As long as you choose something you like and that will withstand your travels, a travel bag will be worth the investment as it will last years and many trips to come.

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Armchair Travel Books to Help You Travel from Home

Travel Books We're Loving in 2020

From traveling the world (literally) to traveling the world… literary! Covid-19 has completely disrupted the world as we know it across all industries – travel being one of the most impacted. So many of us travelers have had to face difficult, heart wrenching choices to cancel flights and awaited adventures due to closed borders, risk of exposing vulnerable populations and overwhelming local health organizations. It’s a time unlike any other for our planet. But, there’s one thing that we’re turning to in these difficult times… travel books.

We’re the first to admit, we’re major book nerds over here at team Dame Traveler! On any given night you can find us curled up, sifting through photo books, literary novels and destination guides for travel inspiration. There really is something about having a library of stunning travel books to turn to in times when we’re not able to get out there and explore. Armchair exploration will be our guiding light during this time. Clear some space on your bookshelves… here is a roundup of our favorite travel books we’re curling up to while social distancing!

Dame Traveler: Live The Spirit Of Adventure

It’s been the ultimate goal of ours since the creation of Dame Traveler to have a book filled with the brave, courageous women in our community on bookshelves. And here it is! From backpackers in Peru to artists in Berlin to storytellers in Morocco, Dame Traveler: Live The Spirit Of Adventure” celebrates the diversity and bravery of women from around the world who are not afraid to think (and live) outside the box. We can’t wait to see it on your bookshelves soon!

Travel Books We're Loving In 2020

The Travel Book

This is kind of like the keystone travel book in our eyes! Lonely Planet’s “The Travel Book” is a whirlwind trip around the world through every single country in the world. Yep! Every single one. It’s the ultimate introduction to the world of travel and one that we always end up referring to when we need any information on a given destination. Whether you need a book to learn about a specific culture or history, or you’re on the hunt for some photo inspiration for your next trip – this book has got it covered! It’s a tome that any and all travelers will love.

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London In Bloom

Escape to the charming streets of London-town amidst the spring blossoms in “London In Bloom.” The iconic charm of London’s architecture juxtaposed next to the blooming flowers of spring are the perfect escape we’re all craving right now. Inside each page you’ll find unique views of the city, lush, floral beauty, some of London’s best parks, gardens, florists and flower markets too. It’s like a spring-time walk through London through the lens of one of our favorite botanical photographers!

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Wonders of the World

A deep dive into the world’s most dazzling sights, both natural and human-made. Of course you’ll find an inside look at the iconic sights like the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat and the Great Wall of China… but Lonely Planet’s “Wonders of the World” goes so much further. You’ll find less famous sights that are totally spectacular and less-explored (think tree bridges of Meghalaya, the Rijksmuseum, the Naqsh-e Jahan in Iran, untouched Buddhist temples in Java and so much more). Natural beauties, undeniably striking museums, itineraries and the resources and tools on how to discover them yourself. This book is one we’re always happy to re-read over and over again.

Travel Books We're Loving In 2020

Roaming America

National Park lovers will adore Renee Roaming’s beautifully curated love letter to the great outdoors. After a a seven-month journey to every national park in the USA, this collection highlights all 59 national parks, road trip itinerary tips, suggested itineraries, best-of recommendations, and more. “Roaming America” will be your go-to travel books to source inspiration and resources for your next great road trip through America.

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What travel books are you turning to while social distancing? We’d love to know your favorites!

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Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

For the jet setter, a tropical escape is just a plane ride way… but in the meantime we’re anxiously awaiting warmer days! From the essential travel blanket that’s sure to keep you cozy on long haul flights to the perfect, crisp perfume that will transport you to blooming days ahead – we’ve got you covered. If you’re aiming to up your travel resources this upcoming season, we’ve curated a list of spring essentials for the Dame Traveler.

Aerin Aegea Blossom Eau de Parfume

One spritz of this perfume and we are transported to blue seas, cool breezes and the crisp citrus from the vine. Aerin’s Aegea Blossom perfume is a floral scent that has us dreaming of upcoming blooms of the spring. We’re also completely obsessed with the elegant design of the bottle too!

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Frye Ivy Low Lace Sneakers

A sporty, comfortable sneaker that can easily be dressed up or down with ease! We love these leather-lined sneaks that mold to your feet with some of the best arch support we’ve encountered over the years! It’s thick rubber sole can stand up to whatever adventures you have in store (rain or shine!)… so fear not. These classic white sneakers are one of the spring essentials we turn to for a long day exploring simply because they’re chic and are incredibly comfy

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Off-The-Shoulder Mini Dress

If you’re looking for a spring stand-out piece – we love this off-the-shoulder mini dress by Yumi Kim Lila! It’s hand drawn floral design and poppy pink coloring screams of the new blossoming season. And its vintage-y silhouette can be wore it for a coffee shop date out or a weekend trip to the beach (and every other opportunity in between).

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Printed High-Rise Bikini With Button Details

We love a totally unique spin on a vintage classic… which is why we’re obsessed with this printed high-rise bikini top and button detailed bottom from Ague De Coco. It’s playful print evokes the colorful hillside towns scattered around the world that have us totally enthralled! It’s the bikini that you’ll be delighted to pack because of its punchy, colorful pattern.

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Vegan Cosmetic Bag

There’s something so soothing about having the perfect bag for toiletries and other knickknacks. And that’s why we think this ABBIMINI vegan cosmetic bag is one of the best spring essentials! It’s truly the perfect size, and its top metal zip closure and tab detail at zipper ends are just the nicest details that make it a joy to pop into our suitcases.

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Stretchy Ribbed Dress

There’s nothing we look for more in our suitcases than comfort and ease! We’re obsessed with this stretchy, soft, ribbed midi dress. It touts amazing little details, like tortoise shell rings at its straps and buttons all the way down – perfect little touches that elevate a classic wardrobe item into something special!

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Washable Silk Set by Lunya

Say goodbye to your worn-out, old pajamas! This season, it’s time to upgrade to one of this most luxurious silk pajama sets we’ve come across. Lunya’s price point, comfort, and the fact that it can be washed cannot be beat… in our opinion. But if that wasn’t enough, we’re in love with the fact that this set’s fabric is thermoregulating, which means a cool, calm night’s rest… no matter where you’re staying!

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Racerback Midi Dress

A girl’s gotta have a classic little black dress… no matter where you’re jetting off to. This classic, racerback midi dress by Dolan is one of our spring essentials that are a must-buy. We’re in love with its flattering stretch material and ruffled-hemmed bottom. It’s a classic little number we’ll be reaching for night and day, near and far.

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Bias Slip Skirt

Feminine details are one of the spring trends we’re always happy to see return, which is why we had to Hutch’s Bess bias-cut slip skirt to our round up of spring essentials. It’s cross-seam detail is one of those little, delicate aspects we can’t get enough of, and we love its silky fabric feel. You can bet that we’ll be slipping this on over a classic white tee or a cute tank on our travels!

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Textured Cardigan

Every gal needs a truly cardigan to throw on during those weird spring days when the mornings are chilly but the days heat up! We’re loving Heartloom’s textured cardigan for its perfect, lightweight feel and its slightly ballooned sleeves. It’s easily one of the trusty staples every suitcase should contain, no matter where you’re jetting off to!

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Packable, Graphic Umbrella

April showers bring May flowers! Every Dame Traveler knows that spring weather means lots of unpredictable weather, no matter what destination they’re jetting off to. That’s why we know having a trusty, packable umbrella like this one by BLUNT. We’re obsessed with this collaboration with New Zealand artist, Lizzie Snow. The mandala, free form design mixed with the brand’s impeccable durability and quality are a match made in heaven. We love to throw this little guy in our day to day bags while exploring!

Spring Essentials for the Dame Traveler

Light Peplum Wrap Top

An elevated basic that we love to throw on, no matter what our itinerary has in store is this wrapped peplum blouse! We’re in love with its breathe-able fabric (perfect for those long afternoon exploring in the late spring and early summer heat) and side button details. It’s such a flattering top that has a hint of ease and elegance we look for when wanting to blend in with stylish locals!

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Tiered Maxi Dress

This tiered maxi dress has us dreaming of beach-y resorts and far off European coastlines! Its bohemian feel is the perfect suitcase addition for upcoming summer holidays. And we love that adjustable straps can be easily altered for us petite travelers too!

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

Woven Tank Top

We love when spring essentials bring a new life to our wardrobe! That’s why we’re turning to pieces with hint of boho-chic and artisanal flair, like this woven tank top with adorable, muted stripes! Made with super soft yarn, a relaxed fit and henley button detail – you’ll be finding us wearing this number with a great pair of jeans under all the spring blossoms this year.

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler


Happy shopping, ladies! Be sure to check out our other packing and gift guides here if you’re on the hunt for some real travel essentials!

Spring Essentials For The Dame Traveler

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Airport Essentials: What To Wear and Pack When You’re Flying

Airport Style: What To Wear While En Route

From the coziest pieces to the most stylish, here are our airport essentials we love to pack and wear while en route!

Cotton Tee

If there’s one thing to always turn to – no matter how short or long your flight is… it’s a soft, cotton tee! Dress it up with a nice jacket or get really cozy with a zip up hoodie or sweater. A soft tee shirt is a staple in every traveler’s closet. Hunting for your own perfect tee? Make sure to find a fit that’s slightly loose that makes you feel comfortable and unrestricted, and in a fabric that breathes and is oh so soft.

Airport Essentials: What To Wear and Pack When You're Flying

A Polished Mid-Length Coat

Nothing dresses up even the most jet lagged traveler than a midi-coat. Throw it on after going through security and you’ll be looking calm, cool and collected. We love using a midi-coat as a makeshift blanket on those chilly flights too! Looking put together and also down right comfortable? A total airport essential style win.

Airport Essentials: What To Wear and Pack When You're Flying

Relaxed Jeans

Jeans that fit well and are a relaxed fit are our favorite staple piece to throw on when heading out to the airport! They’re just as comfy as they are cool when paired with a pair of sneakers. But they’re also not too casual if you’re lucky enough to get upgraded to first class!

Airport Essentials: What To Wear and Pack When You're Flying

A Cozy Scarf

When it comes to staying warm and comfortable in the most uncomfortable of places, we love our favorite cozy scarf that doubles as a warm blanket on cold flights! Made with baby alpaca wool, it’s packable and keeps you warm and comfortable at the same time. We like to opt for a neutral color so it coordinates with all of your outfits and can double as a nice covering if you need to use it when entering religious sights!

Airport Essentials: What To Wear and Pack When You're Flying

Silk Eye-Mask

An un-interrupted rest on a red eye flight is heaven on earth! That’s why we love Moonlit Skincare’s silk “Let Me Sleep” eye mask. We love that its interior pitch-black paneling blocks out distracting light to increase melatonin production. Imagine popping it on after you get settled into your seat and waking up in a new country! 

Airport Essentials: What To Wear En Route

The Perfect Toiletry Case

A standard airport essential that’s ready and waiting in every Dame Traveler’s carry on – a toiletry bag that can hold every little item needed. This vegan toiletry case by Matt & Nat can handle all the TSA approved beauty items you have in your bag, and look good while doing it! 

Airport Essentials: What To Wear and Pack When You're Flying

A Cool Leather Jacket

If your destination is a little warmer, opt for a slick leather jacket to up your airport style. Pop it on over your casual tee and relaxed joggers, and you’ll look effortlessly comfortable and ready to take on the world.

Airport Essentials: What To Wear and Pack When You're Flying

The Ideal Travel Backpack

There’s nothing quite like having the peace of mind knowing that all your things are exactly in the right place. And that’s why we’re obsessed with The Pakt Travel Backpack. Designed for real travelers, by real travelers – this backpack is waterproof, carry-on friendly, features top access (perfect for grabbing your laptop or passport when in a rush!), an external bottle pocket, comfy as all heck shoulder straps, lockable zippers, and so much more. Simply put – one of our must have airport essentials. There’s no other travel backpack that is this intentional, streamlined and made for explorers! 

Airport Essentials: What To Wear and Pack When You're Flying

Neutral, Comfy Leather Flats

I love a buttery soft leather shoe, like this one for long haul flights. They’re insanely soft and lightweight, pack up easily and go with just about everything. I always choose shoes that can be dressed up or down for travel. And these fit the bill and then some! They’ll easily work for sightseeing in the city or dressed up for a nice dinner.

Airport Essentials: What To Wear and Pack When You're Flying

Warm Socks

Coziness is the key element of every item a seasoned traveler hunts for! We’re obsessed with this Globetrotter Set, filled with the ultimate-soft alpaca socks to pop on, a hypoallergenic travel blanket and a snuggly eye mask. The alpaca wool is incredibly durable (and sourced sustainably!), and so much softer than any other fabric we’ve encountered. It’s one of the airport essentials you’ll always be glad you packed!


Airport Essentials: What To Wear and Pack When You're Flying

Silk Pillowcase 

Add a bit of luxury to your airport experience with a silk pillow case. This plush item takes up basically zero space in your carry on and prevents wrinkles and breakage in hair… so you can count us in! While most cotton pillowcases you’re given on a long-haul flight are absorbent and cause creasing, a 100% mulberry silk does not – letting your skin care items do their best work. It’s a little treat we love to give ourselves when en route! 

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Have you nailed your airport style? What pieces do you always turn to?

Looking for more travel style inspo? Check out our “what to pack” series and “how to not look like a tourist in” series too!

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The Best Gifts for the New York City Lover

They say New York is the city that never sleeps. They call New York “the big apple,” a concrete jungle, a feast of culture and life. But those who call Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs home… the heartbeat of this city is enthralling, addicting and… truthfully, soul enriching. Visitors who have also fallen in love with New York know its undeniable charm and grit. If you happen to be shopping for a lover of NYC, we’ve curated a list of some of our favorite items and gift ideas. Here’s our gift guide for lovers of New York!

Brooklyn Airline’s Tote

New Yorkers know the feeling well. “I Hate Leaving New York.” Brooklyn Airline’s cheeky tote bag will make New York lovers giggle.  Give your New-York-loving friend a laugh and this handy, screen printed gem of a tote bag so they can wear their favorite city with pride.

A Gift Guide for Lovers of New York

Contribute to the Greater Good with Social Goods

Based in NYC. Social Goods makes bold statements with their awesome designs and every purchase you make includes a donation to a nonprofit driving real change for the issue at-hand. And to better support the work happening on-the-ground, they offer the ability to connect directly with that nonprofit. From additional education and financial contributions to taking action in your community, you can continue to support in a number of ways thrugh purchasing from Social Goods! Some of our favorites are the New York Woman Tee,  the New York Woman Sweatshirt and the New York Tough Hoodie!

Gear by Lower East Side Artisans, New York x New York

New York x New York is the real deal and I absolutely love their products. From stickers to Ts to mugs, their logo makes a statement and we are here for it. Via their website:

“NYNY began in the Lower East Side in a small lounge on Eldridge St, it was one of the last remaining cultural outposts in a neighborhood that has been hit hard by gentrification (colonization). The party began as a way of connecting the past, present, and future of the city — a space for a New York-born generation, the kids of immigrants to the city, and for anyone tied to the community-centered experience we remember as hip-hop. The word was spread about the party through text message only, we trusted that if you got the password and the video flyer, then we could trust you to pass it on to the right people too.

As time has passed the legend has grown and the once underground party that brings you the real NY vibe now sells out shows wherever we go, from Miami to Hong Kong to Tokyo. Home to resident DJ GETLIVE! and superstar guest DJs from Clark Kent to Vashtie to Kid Capri. We’re staying active in 2020 — dropping apparel collabs and expanding our global brand platform with digital experiences. All while laying the groundwork for live activations as soon as the world is ready for us. Be a part of it — NEWYORK NEWYORK.

“New York In Bloom” Book

Only New Yorkers really get to see the city burst into life in all the seasons. But without a doubt, spring is something special in the city that never sleeps. That’s why we’re obsessed with “New York In Bloom” – the perfect hardcover photography book that highlights beautiful floral, botanical details found nestled in the city’s iconic architecture. It’s the perfect coffee table book for a New York lover’s living room.

A Gift Guide for Lovers of New York

Joya’s Foxglove & Âmes Sœurs Candles

For New Yorkers, both native and new residents alike, our apartments are a sanctuary we curate carefully and intentionally. With smaller square footage, each and every item must have a purpose… and have something beautiful to offer. That’s why we’re obsessed with Joya’s candles. They’re gorgeous and their Foxglove candle has a delicious scent we love – think the perfect blend of citrus orange, salt meadow grass, oak, musk and jasmine. As is their Âmes Sœurs candle (which translates to “soul mates”) – the perfect addition to set a cozy, romantic vibe at home. And both are beautiful to look at to boot!

A Gift Guide for Lovers of New York

Baronfig’s NYC Softcover Notebooks & Copper Rollerball Pen

New Yorkers who love an old school notebook to write down their goals, dreams and keep themselves on track will adore Baronfig’s New York City Softcover Notebooks. The hand drawn illustrations of “commute life” in the city are adorable and relatable in the most humorous way! If you’re shopping for a cute set, we love their Copper Rollerball Pen to go with. City slickers know there’s know there’s nothing like whipping out a sleek and sturdy pen to use, no matter if you’re signing off on a receipt or signing your first book deal.

A Gift Guide for Lovers of New York

Pretty City New York

New Yorkers and New-York-obsessed travelers alike will adore this photo journalistic look into the world of “Pretty City New York.” We’ve been obsessed with Instagrammer Siobhan Ferguson’s photos of some of the world’ most famous cities in the world. Through the pages of this book, you’ll get a look into the hidden gems she discovers in the city that never sleeps. Think artisan boutiques, market scenes, quaint alleys and the nooks and crannies of New York that typical tourists may not be aware of. It’s sure to make you want to book a trip to the Big Apple!

A Gift Guide for Lovers of New York

Apolis’s Detachable Handle Market Bag

There isn’t a single market bag we love more than our customizable Apolis tote! Each bag is water resistant (perfect for those rainy bodega stops), made from 100% natural golden jute fiber and made to last. It’s the sturdy, trusty tote bag that can handle any grocery run… and you can feel good purchasing it. The female artisans who handcraft each eco-friendly bag receive Fair Trade wages, annual profit dividends, and a retirement fund.

A Gift Guide for Lovers of New York

Brooklyn Soapworks

We’re absolutely obsessed with Brooklyn Soapwork’s streamlined skincare and handcrafted bar soaps! They pack allllll the skincare you’d ever need in a bar – meaning less waste and more sustainability and incorporate all the same premium oils you’d find in high end skincare lines. We happen to love that each bar is made with love in the good ol’ BK to!

Gift Guide For Lovers Of New York

A Simple NYC Tee

Nothing shows your love for the city more than a classic, simple and cute t-shirt touting its name! This special edition NYC Tee is made from organic cotton slub and embroidered with a custom New York design. But what really makes us proud to wear this comfy and adorable tee is that 50% of the sales go to the NYC Fund for Public Health in their efforts fighting COVID-19. It’s a fashionable way to give back to those who have directly saved lives in our city!

Gift Guide For Lovers Of New York

Adventures Close to New York City

For those who love the city but need a break from the hustle and bustle, we love love this Easy Weekend Getaways in the Hudson Valley & Catskills guide by Carly Fisher.

 

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