Sophia Phieros

6 Comments

  1. Cynthia Kruger
    March 28, 2017 @ 5:48 pm

    Love the way you write. These are super handy tips as well. Thanks for sharing xxxx

    • Sophia
      April 8, 2017 @ 2:45 am

      Hello Cynthia 🙂
      Thank you so much for the wonderful comment! I really hope they help for your travels.

  2. Jeremy
    March 29, 2017 @ 3:19 am

    I can vouch for World Nomads. They took about two weeks to process my file and mailed a big fat cheque. They are underwritten by AIG or Travel Guard in Canada.

    May I add that packing cubes are essential, I pack all my clothes in one cube and that’s all I need.

    • Sophia
      April 8, 2017 @ 2:42 am

      Hey Jeremy, thanks for the comment.
      Oh yeah, I believe packing cubes are great!
      Perhaps I will invest in a couple at some point in our travels.
      So glad that World Nomads came through for you. Hope that you get back up into your travels in no time!

  3. SB
    March 30, 2017 @ 4:38 am

    Great article! The only thing I’d add is that with toiletries – specifically hair care products – the tip to rely on what’s provided by your accommodation really works best for just a few hair types (generally people with straight or somewhat wavy hair). I went by similar advice when I came over to Korea, assuming that I’d be able to wear my hair straight and just buy local products as I needed them. As a result, I didn’t pack anything for hair care other than my straightening iron and a couple of tiny travel-sized bottles. When I landed, I found that 1) in Korean humidity, my hair would start frizzing and going wavy minutes after I’d finished ironing it and 2) almost nothing available domestically really agreed with my curly hair. Any style I tried (braided, nearly concealed under a hat or huge headband, etc) ended up looking like pretty much the same enormous cloud of frizz.

    If you have a hair type that is not common in the area you’re traveling to (ex. curly hair in East Asia), reliable hair care products are absolutely worth their weight in your checked luggage. It’s still important to take stock of what you really need vs. what’s just nice to have (you might find that a styling product is more important to have on hand than that shampoo you like), but don’t assume that your hair will be happy with any random product on the road if that’s not the case at home!

    • Sophia
      April 8, 2017 @ 2:39 am

      Hey SB,
      Thanks so much for the comment. I have to agree with you. I too have issues with the humidity even though I only have wavy hair. It can seriously be difficult to deal with. And a lot of the time the local products do not cater for curly hair types. I think when it comes to skin care, hair care or personal products, it really is an each to their own situation. If you are willing to carry around a liter bottle of conditioner around for 6 months then go for it. 🙂
      I have been using the Lush bar shampoo and conditioner for about a month now on our travels and it has been great – given my hair a nice bounce to it. But I must say, I don’t like it when it doesn’t dry properly before I pop it back into my bag. But that could just be my OCD. 😛
      Great point, I will be making a note of that in the blog.