5 Questions You Should Never Ask Frequent Travellers | Clozette


Frequent travellers are often the object of envy and curiosity because, honestly, who wouldn't be curious about someone living the jet-setter life we all aspire to have? But while we are brimming with questions about their next destination, how they manage their work schedules and more, there are definitely queries that are best left unasked. Curious? Read on to find out which questions you should never ask frequent travellers and why these Qs shouldn't even cross your mind. 


"Why do you spend so much money on travelling?"


5 Questions You Should Never Ask Frequent Travellers: Travel Spend


Ah, here it is, the most common question. It's often a misconception that people who often travel have a lot of greens in their wallet. However, the true reason is that these people value experiences more than material possessions. They know that money is the root of happiness but they know how powerful of an enabler it can be. And more often than not, frequent travellers work as hard as they play, giving them entitlement in owning their spending habits. 


"Why don't you visit other places?"


5 Questions You Should Never Ask Frequent Travellers: Return Visits


This is another common question asked to frequent travellers, especially when they're a known return-visitor to a certain destination. Don't get us wrong; it is a valid inquiry. However, instead of asking this, why not ask them what makes them go back to one place over and over? Those who love to travel know what it feels like to fall in love with a different culture and consider a foreign place their second home and you should focus more on asking about that than their decision to keep coming back. 


"Which country has the worst...?"


5 Questions You Should Never Ask Frequent Travellers: Negative Recommendations


We usually turn to frequent travellers for travel advice. We also put a lot of trust in their itinerary suggestions. But while it's great to ask them for a country's best, you should definitely avoid steering it to a negative direction. Never ask what the worst country is when it comes to food, stays, sights, and more.


This is because a frequent traveller's mindset treats everything as a worthy experience, good or bad. They may warn you against scams or risks in every destination, sure. But to label a certain trip or destination as 'the worst' defeats their continuous pursuit for diversifying and broadening their cultural perspective. 


"Why do you buy so many souvenirs?"


5 Questions You Should Never Ask Frequent Travellers: Souvenirs


It surprises people that most frequent travellers really leave space in their luggage for shopping. And yes, these jet-setters sometimes even go to lengths of bringing an empty bag or luggage just dedicated to souvenirs. But while this may seem over-the-top to others, calling out travel bugs on their array of trip memorabilia is just a big no-no. 


Similar to why you should never ask frequent travellers about their trip spend, these souvenirs represent more than just coins and bills spent on a whim. Each trinket has a story or an association to a place or memory that is unique to their every adventure. So rather than asking them about how much their souvenirs cost or why they buy so many, ask them about the anecdotes behind each one instead. 



"The locals shouldn't mind if I do this, right?"


5 Questions You Should Never Ask Frequent Travellers: Interacting With Locals


One of the common mistakes people do when they travel to other countries, especially those with major cultural contrasts with theirs, is to act entitled. They often wear their 'respect my culture' badge proudly, using the excuse of being a tourist as their shield. And with it, they forget to return the favour of respecting the culture of the country they are currently travelling in. With this comes their attempt to justify and seek validation from frequent travellers that their actions are okay. This is because others expect that because they travel so much, they easily get away — and are probably used to —  channelling 'typical tourist behaviour' often. 


Well, get ready to be disappointed. Frequent travellers fall in love with cultures and their nuances so much that they have high regard for every aspect of those. Expecting them to defend one's entitled perspective on travelling would just lead to some (potential) scolding and schooling. In fact, these kinds of travellers immerse themselves in other cultures so deeply that they embody a different kind of discipline. They know that as much as locals are willing to extend patience because you're a tourist, crossing a line or even tiptoeing around it is never an option. And surely, they'll tell you that, too. 


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There's no denying that sustainable brands are gaining traction right now more than ever. In Singapore, more and more eco-conscious labels are emerging. Two of the most promising ones are modest fashion brand Lully Selb and swimwear label PINKSALT. Keep on reading to meet the women behind these up-and-coming sustainable fashion brands in Singapore and know more about what goes behind the process of building their labels.


Lully Selb


Founded by Nurulhuda (Lully) and Selma Bamadhaj (Selb) in 2015, the fashion brand is becoming a go-to place for women who love modest fashion. "I wanted to create a brand to be the voice for women who want to break stereotypes of how Muslim girls should look," Selb shares. Even as a young label, their stylish shawls featuring unique hand-drawn prints exclusive to each piece are already gaining international attention and have been receiving rave reviews across South East Asia and the Middle East. "The VIP prints collectors club is a hit, and we’re continuously growing our community of print lovers," Selb says. 


Lully Selb

Designs by Lully Selb


As fashion graduates, their work process is very intuitive. "We begin with gathering inspiration and visuals for each collection. From there, the process is fluid. We experiment a lot with tactile materials and tools as both my partner and I believe in creating with our hands," Selb shares.


Lully Selb

Founders Nurulhuda (Lully) and Selma Bamadhaj (Selb)


The duo has always been an advocate of sustainable fashion and their label is one of the more popular sustainable fashion brands in Singapore. Their most recent campaign is called #DreamwithLS, which aims to support local and regional artists by featuring their work as prints for the next collection. When asked what's next for the sustainable brand, Selb shares that they are collaborating with Batik Art from Yogyakarta in Indonesia. "We are currently collaborating with them to produce some unique pieces to showcase their talent and support their traditional craft, eventually helping them become entrepreneurs themselves."


PINKSALT


A result of a coincidental meeting and shared passion for fashion, PINKSALT is a sustainable fashion brand in Singapore that offers modern swimwear and resort wear label that continues to make waves regionally. Both founders had to step out of their comfort zones to build the brand from scratch. Co-founder Belinda Lee went against the grain and pursued a career in fashion in her 40s. "I attended the Apparel Design and Product Development diploma course in Fashion at the Textile and Fashion Industry Training Centre (TaF.tc) and was excited at the prospect of producing my designs as a business," she shares. Meanwhile, co-founder Su May furthered her studies to eventually get a Diploma in Merchandising and Marketing. As business partners, they've become unbeatable.


PINKSALT founders Belinda Lee and Ng Su May


The brand's trademark of providing swimwear designs that are feminine, stylish and classy became a hit with modern fashionistas. And two years into their business, PINKSALT is moving towards becoming one of the promising sustainable fashion brands in Singapore. "After entering the industry and learning more about how the manufacturing process works, we realised how wasteful the fashion industry is and wanted to do something different starting with our new sustainable collection, which will be launched soon," Belinda shares.


PINKSALT Swimwear

PINKSALT Penn Tankini


What's in store for us? Belinda gives us a hint: "We are working on some interesting designs in cotton jersey material for our next capsule collection and plan to start an activewear line featuring our unique digital prints in interesting silhouettes."


We don't know about you but these sustainable fashion brands in Singapore definitely make us want to purchase with a little bit more mindfulness.


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