— July 16, 2014 —
Summer travel is on our minds on this beautiful Wednesday. While planning for a holiday has never been easier thanks to the Internet, it is often difficult to decide on where to go and what to bring along to a holiday... #firstworldproblem
No advice is better than those coming from an expert traveler one can trust, so we spoke with Fei Chang (Taipei born fashionista who grew up all over the world and now calls Hong Kong home) of xoxoFei to find out what's topping her list of Asian travel destinations, tips on holiday packing, great finds from her recent travels, and why we should all go on a trip with a chef!
ES: What are your top 3 summer destinations in Asia?
Fei: MALDIVES - because it's always a good time to be in paradise. BAGAN, MYANMAR - for a unique, magical experience. And SEOUL, KOREA - everyone knows the food and shopping is great but I also love the overall vibe of the city.
White sandy beach, crystal clear water, exclusive island resorts... what's not to love about Maldives?
A picture is worth a thousand words and "magical" is probably an understatement when it comes to Bagan in Myanmar
The amazing shopping (with shops that stay open nearly 24-hours a day!) and food scene makes Seoul a top Asian destination for a city weekend getaway
ES: It is always a challenge trying to fit everything you need for a holiday. What’s your advice on packing? What are some key essentials to include to cater for any spontaneous activities/occasion that may arise?
Fei: I am a little obsessive about holiday packing, in fact there's a whole section of my closet that is only resort wear to make the packing process easier! I recently wrote about my summer travel essentials on my blog and I think it's important to plan ahead and pack light, because no one wants to stress about a missing dress or be overwhelmed with last minute choices while on vacation. Plan one daytime outfit and one night outfit per day, remembering that separates can be mixed and matched, and items have multiple uses, such as one-piece swimsuits doubling as tops and kaftans doubling as dresses if you bring along a nude slip.
ES: What are some of your favourite purchases from your recent travels?
Fei: I love these wide brimmed hats that I found in random shops in Capri and Positano, I bought a few of them at a go and they're the perfect summer accessory.
Fei: I also love collecting delicate gold jewelry, especially when I'm in Greece and I tend to go slightly overboard.
ES: Which famous person would you want to go on a trip with and why? And where would you want to go?
Fei: Definitely a chef, maybe Mario Batali and we'll go on an indulgent food trip all around Italy and Spain.
Plan a holiday with a fellow chef or foodie and eat like a pro in any city!
Check out xoxofei.com for more inspiration on living, shopping, eating and beyond or follow her on Instagram @xoxofei to take a glimpse into her fabulous lifestyle filled with stylish outfits, delicious food, amazing travels!