I’m just going to come out and say it guys, I don’t like traveling. I know that as a blogger, that might be shocking and even taboo to say, but it’s the truth. Ironically, based on my recent Instagram feed, you would think that I love traveling as I’ve been doing a lot of it lately. But it was actually all coincidence: I went to Hong Kong/Macau to visit my Dad for Chinese New Year, then Mexico City for my best friend’s bachelorette, and then LA for a blogger trip. I’ve never been more happy to be home in my Brooklyn apartment. Now I realize that traveling can definitely help with fresh content, who doesn’t like seeing a fabulous outfit in an exotic setting? But after weeks of doing it, I’ve really come to realize that it’s just not for me. I am a homebody at heart, and I crave the comfort and routine of being at home. Traveling makes me feel all out of sorts, and there is the added stress of bringing my entire wardrobe with me. As you guys have been following me for a while now, you know that my outfits are pretty complex, and I like to match everything down to my socks. So when I travel, I inevitably have to give up some of the smaller details of my outfits due to space constraints, and that kills me a little bit inside.
When it comes down to it, I don’t feel like myself when I’m traveling. I feel anxious, stressed, and tired. As a blogger, there is the added pressure of feeling like I have to take photos when I am traveling, thus causing the entire experience to be unenjoyable. I feel like it’s a missed opportunity if I am traveling and not getting photos, but then I am stressed the entire trip to get good photos. So it’s really a lose-lose situation for me. I also don’t have the “wanderlust” gene, and am truly happiest when I’m at home working on my blog and living out my regular routine. So perhaps my view of the world is limited and I’m too focused on myself. When I was younger, I used to feel guilty or weird when I wasn’t enjoying a vacation and homesick, but I’ve come to accept that as part of who I am. I truly admire travel bloggers who do this for a living – it is seriously so stressful to me to be in a new place and have to worry about shooting great photos while also trying to “enjoy” yourself.
For this casual winter outfit, I paired a chunky turtleneck sweater from Chicwish with suede leggings from Lysse. This is the kind of look I would live in on my days off when I’m not shooting or have blog events. This sweater is so warm and cozy, and I love the pom pom detailing on it. These leggings are seriously super comfy and fit like a glove, plus the suede material make them perfect for Winter weather. I completed the outfit with lace-up combat boots, round sunglasses, and my Chloe Drew bag for a street style worthy look.
I would love to hear your thoughts on travel in the comments below. Anyone a homebody like me?!
Thanks for reading,