Here's How You Can Explore Each Continent Without Flying | Clozette


Riding a plane can be fun, exciting, and not to mention, convenient. However, when you’re stuck in the cloud for long hours, you tend to miss out on a lot that’s happening down below. Did you know that flying can have a lot of disadvantages that can be quite a hassle? If you can't endure the discomfort of being up in the air, here are other ways how you can explore the world and travel without flying.

 

Europe


Travel without flying through this red train rushing past snowy tracks


Because countries in this continent are mostly connected by land, you can easily travel without flying around. You can choose to book a ticket for a point-to-point or hop-on/hop-off buses that will take you to different major cities. If you’re looking for more spacious comfort and you’re willing to splurge a bit, then trains might be for you. Riding through the tracks will give you a breath-taking view of Europe’s most beautiful landscapes. If you’re travelling overnight, some have sleeper cars that would give you space to rest comfortably. 


North America


A yellow van driving through Arches National Park in US


There are countless ways to enjoy North America. You can opt to travel without flying and take one of the many bus and coach services that run through the major cities instead. Like in Europe, North America’s rail network is also extensive. If you’re one who likes going off the beaten path, take the train to reach even the most rural destinations. If public transportation doesn’t fit the bill, then go the “usual” route and rent a car. Since most of North America is a driving destination, you’ll have a better experience driving across it. This way, you can take your time to stop by the mesmerising national parks and quirky inns on your way.   

 

South America


Travel without flying and ride on of these cruise ships in the Bahamas


Because flights around the continent can be quite expensive, tourists tend to go about South America by land. Unlike in Europe, the train network here isn’t as vast. Because of that, people’s favourite mode of transportation around the continent is a bus. Crossing through different countries could take long hours, but it’s worth trying out for a unique travel experience. Ferries and boats are also an option. There are foreign boats that would take you from Colombia to Panama. If you’re a sea-loving gal, skip the mainland altogether and the book a luxurious cruise around the Caribbean Islands.



Africa


Vans driving through a desert in Abu Dhabi


If you travel without flying, you can fully experience Africa’s dramatic landscapes. One of the most convenient ways of travelling around the continent is by booking overland safari tours. It can be a bit more expensive, but it definitely makes the trip without hassle. However, if you want to go at it on your own pace, there are hop-on/hop-off style buses that can pick you up and drop you off where you’re staying. If you’re willing to splurge, then hire a driver or rent and drive a private car yourself with some friends. This way, you can be a bit more spontaneous and flexible as you explore the land.

 

Asia


A boat along Halong Bay in Vietnam


Despite air fare getting cheaper and cheaper nowadays, there’s still no better way to explore the largest continent than by land. If you’re planning on crossing across China to Central Asia, then riding along the Silk Road by rail is your best bet. Travelling by train is also the best option if you’re wandering around South Asia. If you just want to explore the surrounding region more, then you can just go ahead and travel by sea. Different cruise lines offer itineraries that stop over all the important ports in East and Southeast Asia. This way, you can even reach island-countries separated by sea.




Before anything else, make sure to list down all your target destinations. Do your research and see if there would be visas required for entry and so on. Some nationalities, for example, are required to apply for a Schengen Visa to get to travel most of Europe. Meanwhile, in Africa, some countries grant the visa as you arrive in their border. It’s important to map out your routes and book your rides beforehand to avoid problems when you actually visit. Alternative travelling might take a while, so just sit back and enjoy your getaway. 



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It's a good day for animal rights and welfare advocates as another big fashion brand pledges to support their cause. Not long after Gucci, Burberry and Versace announced that they won't be using animal fur in their future collections, Prada is set to go fur-free. Today, Miuccia Prada went public with the decision saying that "the Prada Group (including Miu Miu, Church's) is committed to innovation and social responsibility" and that moving forward they will be "focusing on innovative materials [that] will allow the company to explore new boundaries of creative design". 



The shift in operations came after a discussion with the Fur Free Alliance. For their upcoming Spring/Summer 2020 collections, the Prada Group will no longer include any designs featuring fur. As a gigantic name in the fashion industry, the brand's move cements the new era where luxury is redefined to be ethical and sustainable. 


However, even as Prada goes fur-free, questions are still being raised about the environmental impact of faux fur, which is usually made with synthetic material. It's been known that the microplastic particles in clothing can make their way to the ocean and pollute nature every time plastic-based garments (like nylon and polyester knits) are being washed.  



After Prada's denouncement of fur, International Fur Federation Chief Executive Mark Oaten issued a statement saying that he's "surprised that a brand who care about sustainability are banning a natural product like fur" and that "Prada customers will only have plastic fur as an option, which is bad for the planet." In recent years, the debate on what type of fur is worse for the environment has been heating up. And with competing studies being presented, it looks like it won't be settled anytime soon. But maybe, we should entertain the idea of foregoing fur — in whatever form — altogether.



According to a report by Quartz, it's looking like the Alpaca fibre can be a good alternative. It's just as warm and durable, and it comes in a selection of colours. The best thing about it is that it's eco-friendly and cruelty-free. Alpacas are larger than goats and can produce more fibre. They can also maintain a steady population growth and because they live in a much less hostile environment, shaving off their furs won't result in mass death unlike the goat herds in the harsh Mongolian terrain.  


Sure, going absolutely fur-free will deprive us of that traditional bold and luxurious aesthetic but a new era is here and we have to adapt. After all, if Prada goes fur-free for animal welfare then shouldn't we be also concerned with fishes, turtles and planktons that can potentially be harmed by synthetic faux fur?



We'll just have to wait and see how the Prada Group handles these new concerns and challenges. But with the progress that the fashion industry has made so far, we're hopeful for a positive outcome. 


(Cover photo from: @prada)






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There are many rules to follow when you're visiting the "happiest place on Earth" — no outside food allowed, selfie sticks are banned, adults are not allowed to dress up as Disney characters and so on. While most rules are common practice, forbidding fans from wearing costumes may seem strange at first — but the reasons behind it do make sense. First, the resort is concerned that ill-intentioned people might dress up as Disney characters to lure children into following them. Second, it's to preserve the integrity of the characterisation (no mean Cinderellas, please!). 



However, Disney-goers have found a clever way to still dress up as their favourite characters sans a costume and it's called Disneybounding. Typically, this means having to interpret a character's signature ensemble using modern clothes or creating an outfit inspired by the colour palettes strongly associated with them. For example, if you want to dress up as Winnie The Pooh, you could wear a red shirt with an ochre skirt. It's all about capturing the essence of the look.



The term was coined by major Disney stan and style blogger Leslie Kay who gained popularity for her website for all things Disney called "Disneybound". Years after posting her first Disneybounding outfit, this style genre has become so popular that it went from niche to mainstream fashion. Wanna try it out? Here are some Disneybounding tips to get you started.


Determine the dominant colour



Most fictional characters, especially animated ones, will often have a signature colour or print associated with them. For Queen Elsa of Arendelle, it's teal. For Marie from the Aristocrats, it's always going to be baby pink. For Moana, it's orange geometrical patterns and the list goes on. Look closely at the character's ensemble and see which colour primarily pops out and work with that shade. It's the easiest to follow among all the Disneybounding tips on this list.


Wear iconic accessories



Colours are not the only thing that marks a character, particular trinkets are also what makes them distinguishable. Wearing a signature artefact is an easy cheat to putting together a great Disneybounding outfit. It could be in the form of a scarf, bag or shoes so you can be as creative as you like.


Go for colour blocking



One of the Disneybounding tips that you should never forget is that you don't need to emulate the costumes completely. Even something as simple as colour-blocking can already be great for the look. Pick several shades present in a character's costume and layer them up. Usually, these shades are already complementary so it's like taking style advice from the characters themselves.


Do it with a partner



Whether you're dressing up as the evil stepsisters of Cinderella with your bestie or as Beauty and the Beast with your bae, there's no doubt that Disneybounding is more fun when you do it as a pair. You can even go as the same character but in different style variations.


(Cover photo from: @utakowo/@littlesweetkaren)


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