Member Since: 4/1/10
I travel a lot.
Most of my travel is business related and I fly back the same day, so I just get on the plane in a fine tailored suit, and sensible shoes.
When I travel for personal reasons I still dress nice.
I don't wear one of my suits, but I will wear nice slacks and a dress shirt or fashionable sweater. In a pinch I will wear jeans, but offset the casual look with fine leather dress shoes and patterned silk socks.
What I don't get are people who show up to the airport like they just got out of bed. Flip flops, uggs, pajama pants, tshirt. It is hard to tell if they are homeless people who wandered in from Brooklyn, or if they are fellow travelers. They generally carry a lot of shit onto the plane with them. Pillows, movies, music, snacks, water, etc, etc, etc...
Me? A book at most. I check my bag like a civilized man. Carry at most a good novel. I sit peacefully on the plane with a cocktail and a book, or sometimes just a cocktail and my own thoughts. No pillows, blankets, movies, music, wedging of knees against seat, folding into akward positions to get a crappy nap. No, I sit there, like a grown up.
Is this how some like to present themselves to the world?
What if you engage yourself with another traveler who could be a beneficial relationship, this is how you say, "Hi, this is who I am? A fucking Schlepper?"
No, you probably aren't engaged by others because of yor presentation.
Dress nice when you travel.