Traveling benefits the soul in more ways than one. It allows you to broaden your horizons, open your mind to new experiences, familiarize yourself with different cultures and lifestyles, and perhaps pick up a lesson or two on how to live your life better in every possible aspect. By visiting different cultures you don’t only learn about them, but about yourself as well, you evolve and something inside you shifts. Traveling allows you to pick the best from every world and incorporate it into your life, whether it is from the sphere of diet and lifestyle, beauty or fashion. So, let us dive in and explore all the possibilities in which you can adopt and incorporate these into your own life and come out a reinvented woman.
Simple in Japan
The first thing visiting Japan teaches you is an appreciation for the seafood diet. Rice, fish and other seafood are an integral part of their diet. Given that the average life of Japanese women is 87 years, and it could not possibly all be contributed to great genes, their diet might be something you want to adopt. The second lesson that comes from this magical land is the art of living a de-cluttered life. It comes as no surprise that their hottest export right now is the de-cluttering expert Marie Kondo, who teaches you how to fold clothes like a pro and get rid of everything that does not bring you joy.
Now, when it comes to fashion, there’s more than one pearl of wisdom to take away. While it is true that Japanese girls used to be slaves of some very unique and quirky fashion named Harajuku, a fashion movement Japan is well-known for, more and more people are turning to simple and stylish trends. They spend up on key pieces and look after them, and an admirable number of girls are adopting the so-called Capsule dressing which is slowly transcending from fashion to a lifestyle. It represents a fashion philosophy on which you base your wardrobe around only seven to ten key pieces and simply dress them up with accessories, a kind of an upgraded version of the minimalist fashion. While their fashion may be going minimal, the steps of a Japanese skincare routine are in double digits and judging by their youthful skin and porcelain complexion, this might be another trick to incorporate.
Casual like the Aussie gal
If amazing beaches, laid-back lifestyle, and casual and bohemian fashion and beauty are what you crave, Australia is the place to be. Australians are blessed with over 10,000 beautiful beaches and as such, hitting the beach is something of a national institution. The world famous Bondi Beach near Sydney is famous for its golden sands, and will definitely become one your favorite places in the world. In Australia, you are bound to learn a thing or two about being one with nature, living life to the fullest and reconnect with yourself. Aussies are famous for being one with their surroundings, which explains their general friendliness and a relaxed approach to life. In addition to that, few other people know how to party like the Australians and this is a big reason as to why so many carnivals and festivals take place right on this gorgeous continent.
If Aussie girl beauty secrets are what you are after, the first thing to know is that they take skincare very seriously. They invest in high-quality skin products, starting with powerful sunscreen and moving on to cleansers, toners, skin serums and plenty of moisturizers, as they are well-aware that keeping skin hydrated is the key to its health and glow. If you long to have the body of an Aussie girl – you are in luck, because there is something aside from great genes that can give that to you – swimming. Even if you are nowhere near an ocean or sea, you can always swim at the pool as well as lakes, if you are near one.
Last but not least is the ever-recognizable Australian fashion. These girls rock the casual and bohemian style like nobody else on the planet, from off-the-shoulder high-slit dresses to crop tops and casual wear, and when you see how amazing and effortlessly striking they look you will want to copy a thing or two from their stylebook for sure. Of course, never forget to pick up a souvenir or two, like a Bodum travel mug – without them it is like you were never there, and if you feel nostalgic about Australia, fill your mug with fresh coffee, play some Kylie on your iPod and walk out the house with a carefree smile on your face.
Do it like a French girl
If Europe is on your list, make France your number one priority. First off, any fashionista must see the fashion capital of the world – Paris. The French girls’ sense of style is impeccable and unmatched by no other girl on this Earth. They ooze effortless chic and elegance. The spirit of Brigitte Bardot’s iconic sweater/chinos/ballet flats combo with a scarf tied nonchalantly around the neck is still alive and visible in the streets of Paris. One of their ultimate style mantras is ‘less is more’. The key is to never look overdone or overly styled. Keep accessories minimal and choose fewer patterns – stripes are always a classic. French girls tend to focus on buying quality pieces that are timeless; for them, it’s all about quality, not quantity. Of course, black is always in style. It looks good on everyone, matches essentially anything, and is inherently stylish.
Just as their sense of style borders on minimalistic, so does their beauty regimen. They are not concerned with covering dark circles and imperfections; they embrace flaws and flaunt them with ease and confidence. The makeup is always kept minimal, with a hint of foundation and of course, the French girl staple, the red lipstick. Despite the minimalism, by focusing on one facial feature they achieve a stunning and insanely seductive, yet effortless look, which is something you definitely want to try. Last but not least – no French girl will walk out the door without her signature scent, so if you have not given Chanel a try, now is the time.
The world is your oyster, truly, so make it your life’s mission to see as many places as you can cram in a lifetime. Take the best of every world, and bring it into your own, you will be immeasurably richer for it.
Author: Zara Lewis
Zara Lewis is a full-time mom of two babies and a puppy, devoted to implementing healthy life habits in every aspect of life of her family and friends. She seeks for beauty in everything that surrounds her. Will start a blog about it once. Until then writes her diary occasionally. Romantic soul and tech geek in one body. She enjoys hiking, cycling, yoga and cooking.