Packing for a trip is always important, but packing fashionably is often overlooked. That’s where Alex comes in. As an avid traveler with a background in fashion, she started TravelFashionGirl.com to help all of the wanderlusting souls look and feel better about their style while traveling. We asked Alex to tell us more about her interests, travels, and fashion knowledge, and here is what she had to say:
-How did you get into fashion? When did you first become interested in fashion?
I first became interested in fashion at age 13 and longed to one day own a retail shop. With this childhood dream, I studied at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, my hometown, and worked in the fashion industry for seven years before I left my life to travel.
- How did you decide to mix fashion and travel? What led to the inspiration to create TravelFashionGirl.com?
As a long term traveler, I was frustrated that I did not have any skills that I could use to get work while traveling – such as carpentry or jewelry making. I wanted to find a way to apply my personal knowledge with a life of travel.
Frustrated with my own Round the World packing mistakes I realized there was a lack of female oriented resources for women that were interested in more than just practical travel gear.
A light bulb went off in my head and I spent a year planning Travel Fashion Girl testing out different packing styles and travel gear. Through trial and error and in speaking to other travelers I researched what worked and what didn’t.
I’m happy to say that my efforts “paid” off as the reader response has been more than I could have ever imagined :-)
- How long have you been traveling?
In January 2013 I’ll be celebrating my five year travel anniversary. I plan on continuing my lifestyle for at least a few more years if possible and hope to establish a location independent income.
- What was your motivation to leave your job and start traveling?
When my job of 6 years let me go I was devastated. My job was my life and it completely defined who I was. Five years prior, I had made a promise to myself that if I ever stopped working for the company I would take a few months off to travel. After a life changing experience in India, I never looked back.
- Do you find that most travelers are or are not fashionable? (I know that I’m not!)
I don’t think traveling is about being fashionable. It’s more about feeling like yourself. Many people are more concerned with following the traditional packing rules that they neglect the little things that make them feel like rock stars in regular life. Whether it’s a favorite pair of jeans, a little bit of lip gloss, or a dash of cologne, it’s important to not sacrifice everything about you to fit into a “mold” of what a traveler should look like.
- What’s your favorite aspect of travel?
My favorite aspect of travel is freedom and fate. Living life for yourself and taking whatever comes your way – whether a travel buddy or exciting adventure – is a surreal experience that you will always treasure.
- What is your favorite destination (or favorites)?
My five favorite countries are India, Thailand, Peru, Guatemala, and Egypt. I am particularly fond of South East Asia.
- Where in the world do you really want to visit that you haven’t yet?
Although I’ve traveled briefly through western Europe I am interested in spending more time here as well as Eastern Europe. After spending the last year between Central America and South East Asia, it’s time for a change of pace for 2013.
Also, while I have done a few cross country trips in the USA for work I want to do a proper road trip across the States. I want to try all the food joints shown on the travel channel and eat my way across America!
Thanks for the great information, Alex! If anyone wants to learn more about Alex or traveling more fashionably, you can check out TravelFashionGirl.com. Or visit her travel site at Wanderlust and the Girl, visit her facebook page, follow her on twitter, or view her pinterest boards.