While travelling, it’s pretty easy to fall into a downward spiral of laziness when it comes to looking after our appearance. It gets to the point where clean, nice clothes are a thing of the past and we only wash our hair for a special occasion! But folks – it doesn’t have to be that difficult! Must we conform to that smelly, scruffy backpacker stereotype?
Now, girls – you don’t need to spend four hours in front of the mirror applying layers of foundation and burning our fingers on curling tongs – and guys, there’s no need for fake tan, eyebrow plucking and chest waxing á la Geordie Shore! No one’s got time for that! All you need to do is follow these steps and you’ll be a backpacking God / Goddess in no time. It requires minimal effort, I promise!
1. Be Clean
It’s a simple one, yet many backpackers fail to realise that a quick wash is all it takes! Just because you’re living on a budget doesn’t mean you need to be dirty! A quick shower can make you feel alive again. It’s the perfect hangover cure and is a lifesaver in thirty-degree heat. If you’re near the beach you can also use sand as an exfoliant, as it makes your skin feel silky smooth. Just remember to wash it off. And before you ask, no, going in the ocean doesn’t count as having a shower!
2. Be Protected
The sun gives out essential happiness vitamins, so get out there, but make sure you’re protected. Sunstroke sweats and a bright red face isn’t the best look and you don’t want to damage yourself in the future. Make sure that you’re chasing the sun with Factor 30 in your beach bag!
3. Keep Fit
Don’t worry, I’m not telling you that while you’re on the road you should be working out to insanity every morning. That involves way too much effort! All you need to do is go outdoors and explore your destination. Walk around a new city, ride bikes through the countryside or go for a swim in the ocean. It’s pretty easy to exercise when you’re on the constantly on the move. You’ve got this!
4. Be Natural
Looking good doesn’t require much effort when you’ve got sunkissed skin and a beaming smile. Just keep the hair growth under control and girls, remember that minimal makeup is the way forward when you’re travelling, as half the time you’ll be sweating it off or smudging it anyway. All you need is an eyebrow pencil, good mascara and a little bit of lippy that compliments your tone. It will only take you 15 minutes to get ready and you’ll look absolutely radiant. Trust me!
5. Be Blissful
Try new things and grab every great opportunity that is thrown your way. There is no finer beauty than the glow of happiness!