Today I am Dreaming Of… Yangshuo

When: October 2014

What: Yangshuo in the Guillin area of China was my favourite stop on our 3 week tour. I loved our cruise down the Li River as well as our day bike riding and rafting!

Who: Me, the Peaches girls, new friends on our Essential China G Adventures Tour!

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30 Day Travel Wardrobe

30 Day Travel Wardrobe
What to pack when you are travelling for 30 days? Unlike my last big trip to China which was strictly backpacks only, for this trip I took a big roller suitcase so I had the liberty of packing more clothes. I was heading into temperatures of 25 degrees down to minus 5 degrees, so warmth was clearly driving my thoughts as I packed (the day before too – so not like me!)
I chose the colours navy and maroon with a hint of purples and plums as my travel wardrobe colour theme. My knee high leather boots are plum coloured, and I took my navy flats. For heels/evening wear I chose black leather booties and for beach walks I took my Havaianas. I also took some sneakers for walking and hiking.
I took my favourite blue jeans and some navy jeans that I recently got from Rivers Australia, plus a navy mini skirt I also got at Rivers. I threw in 3 pairs of leggings, 2 black and 1 navy for lazing about in and to wear under skirts and dresses.
I took 5 different dresses that could be worn with leggings and boots, with flats or booties and cardigans and jackets or on their own with flip flops on warmer days. All featuring the navy, blue, red, maroon, purple colour scheme.
For tops I took a few different short sleeved and sleeveless blouses and tees that can be worn over singlets and/or under jackets and cardigans. I took a thin navy cardigan ($6 from K Mart – bargain!) and a maroon knitted cardigan. I also packed a long sleeved navy top and a jumper with sequins sewn into the knit.
Took a thickish maroon blazer and my go everywhere all weather black shell jacket. Two scarves that match the colour scheme were thrown in as well as two purple/burgundy beanies and a pair of charcoal possum fur gloves. Three plain tank tops for layering, 2 pairs of pyjamas and a pair of walking pants completed the winter wardrobe!
I was surprised to have some room left over, which means I can do some shopping while away. Already hit up Walmart and got two $10 tops for layering as I felt I didn’t have enough for keeping warm in the sub zero temperatures!

Liking, Loathing, Noticing

Liking: Air conditioning and ceiling fans… with temperatures soaring into the 40 degrees Celsius range, thankful for ways to cool down!

Loathing: Lack of sleep. At the busy end of my work year, so much to organise and little time means many of my colleagues, just like myself are seriously burning the candle at both ends.

Noticing: Tiredness definitely affects my motor skills, I seem to drop things and break things, knock body parts on various protruding pieces of furniture when I’m tired and stressed!

Liking: Upcoming holidays! Christmas time with The Artist, so looking forward to some quality time together.

Loathing: Price increases at holiday time. Why do flights to anywhere from Australia seem to cost so much! And hotel mark ups… The Artist thinks everything over $100 a night is expensive. Ha! These days that would barely get you a night in a hostel.

Noticing: The internet really knows you, like some creepy stalker guy you may have dated back in the 90s. One search through google and every page and social media site is bombarded for ads for the very thing you searched for! Remind me not to search for any feminine products, that can stay off my facebook thank you!

How To Pack for 31 Days Away

What do you pack for a 31 day holiday? When you are traversing two continents? When you will encounter temperatures from 7 degrees to 37 degrees celcius, with snow and extreme humidity? When you will do 7 flights (9 if you lose your passport)? When you will be sunbaking, hiking, shopping, dining out, going to the theatre, visiting temples, attending conventions, trekking through jungles, walking on glaciers? When you can only take a backpack (as stated by the tour company)?

Gosh if there was such a simple answer. I feel I’m getting pretty good at packing for overseas trips now. Tip No. 1 – Check the forecast and climate details of your locations. I needed a thick warm jumper for the Canadian rockies, but also need soft light cotton dresses for South East Asia. I was covering all weather, all seasons and due to my tour company on the second half of the trip, could only take a backpack (much prefer a suitcase).

So I was limited in what I could take, for sure. And also wanted to do as much shopping as possible! Tip No. 2 – Sometimes it pays to send a box of goodies home through the post rather than paying exorbitant airline fees for extra bags. Especially if you are away for a number of weeks and don’t want to carry stuff around.

In terms of packing clothes, I chose the colour pink as my accent colour to go with a range of neutrals – black, white, grey and denim.

I took a grey knitted jumper, a black long sleeved top and a hot pink cardigan.

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For tops I took two black and white print tees, a dark pink singlet/tank top with a love heart in studs, a black textured singlet/tank, a plain black and a plain pink tank/singlet. I took a silky sleeveless blouse with a pink leopard print pattern.  

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For Bottoms I took a pair of dark denim shorts, dark denim jeans, black jeans, black leggings, a denim skirt and a pair of peacock feather patterned pants.

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I took my warm purple parka, a black cotton dress and a maroon and black patterned dress.

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I was lucky enough to stow the parka and one pair of jeans in my boyfriend’s bag after the first 2 weeks, before travelling to Asia as he was heading home early. Made some more room for shopping!

Accessories and Shoes – I took some black thongs/flip flops, pink patterned flats and sneakers. My first task was to buy a pair of converse in the USA, which I did. If not I may have taken an extra pair of walking shoes. I also bought 2 pairs of flats too. The clutch bag was used to store jewellery in it in my bag, then doubled as a handbag for dinners out. I took one scarf for sarong/wrap/scarf/blanket purposes. Bought lots more in Asia too.

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Thailand and Malyasia by Instagram

Despite losing my passport, having a bag stolen, losing a bankcard and being held up by police with machine guns I had a great time in South East Asia!

Volvic Water from France, in Thailand. Reminds me of travelling in France – every time.

Cocktails on a Beach in Ko Pha Ngan. It’s the done thing in Thailand.

Bottles Beach, Koh Pha Ngan. A deserted piece of paradise.

Koh Samui airport is one of the nicest I’ve been too.

Hotel pool in steamy Bangkok.

My new passport, after the losing passport debacle. Absolute debacle.

Trying to fly in tropical lightning storms – Bangkok

Lady boy shows – Koh Samui

Butterfly farm – Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Cameron Highlands tea plantations – Malaysia

A jungle hike to see a Rafflesia.

The towers in Kuala Lumpur.

Recent Overseas Purchases

I do like to shop… and I do like to travel, so shopping while travelling is a win win situation for me. Especially when amazing bargains can be found.

The only dilemma is carrying what you buy. My bags get so stuffed it is impossible to carry them! Oh and if you have the unfortunate debacle of having a backpack stolen. True story for another day.

This trip I was savvy and sent a box of shopping home from the US, since I still had to backpack my way around South East Asia.

 

Here are some of my recent buys!