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In Praise of Travel Clothing

My friends my wife Elena is frugal and careful with money. I was a big spender when I met her. Slowly she has weaned me from this bad habit. She was reviewing our account and found a number of expenditures for the purchase of travel clothing. She considers this an extravagance and questions the merit of such an investment. I consider travel clothing a wonderful investment for anyone who travels a number of times each year. Every time you go to the airport, you get charged $25.00 to check one piece of luggage. Checking a second piece of luggage could cost one $75.00. If your bags are overweight get ready for another charge. On a round trip this could add a couple of hundred dollars to the price of the ticket. Once you get past this cost, the next problem is cleaning your clothes during the trip. If you choose to use the laundry service in your hotel, get ready for “sticker shock.” The bill could easily escalate to $100.00. If you walk down the street to the local laundry the bill could easily be $50.00+. This leaves you with the option of getting a lot of local coins and going to a washateria that locals use. This is not my idea of how to spend a vacation.
With travel clothes you wash them right in your hotel room. They dry quickly and look great! They are rugged and very light. If you pack carefully you could get all of your clothes into a carry on and not have to hassle with checking luggage. Ex-Officio and Tilley’s make excellent travel clothes for both men and women. You will invest a few hundred dollars but recover your investment quickly with cost savings. This also allows one to follow the old saying: “Travel light and you’ll come out bright!”


About tatamkuluafrica

I am a man who has lived n 6 of the 7 continents. I first arrived in Africa on April 18, 1981. Africa has been a part of my life since. I spent 8 months living in a Xhosa village in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. I was given he nickname Tatamkulu Africa. In Xhosa it means "Grandfather Africa." In April of 1994 I was allowed to vote in the first democratic election in South Africa..I was honored to be part of such a historical moment. It was a beautiful and a magical day.

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