We took some new threads with us on the road as we #runtheatlas! When picking out travel clothes, we look for brands that have versatility, breathability, comfort, and of course - packability. We like to pack light, so the items we bring must to serve many different functions and be comfortable enough to wear on the plane. We tried the following items and they stood the test of travel.
Olivers Apparel offers a fresh take on modern athletic classics, steeped in the independent spirit of California. The brand has excellent customer service and offers the perfect capsule wardrobe for travel. As California locals, we always love spotlighting the fresh local brands from the Golden State.
We tried the All Over Short which blends style and performance. These shorts are active enough for a run and also have a clean, streamlined, professional look that pair well at brunch with family and friends or a stroll into the cafes. The All Over Short has a nice fit that is the perfect length. The zip-lined pocket ensures that your keys and cards stay safe, an important feature when choosing travel gear. Flattering enough for casual wear and physical activity, it is no wonder these shorts have been so popular amongst travelers like us!
These shorts are an essential for summer travel. They are easy to move in, perfect for taking to the beach or trail and stylish enough to wear onto the plane or around town. Here, we are sporting the shorts around town in La Jolla.
You know those moments on the plane when the cabin becomes super chilly all you want to do is climb into something warm and comfortable? The Transit Hoodie is comfortable and plush, perfect for staying warm on your trip. It is made of French Terry fabric that is soft, absorbent, and built to last. â
These Transit sweats are great for evenings in and long plane rides. The unique Transit Merino Fleece fabric blends Merino and cotton. Since we are in airports and planes so much, we appreciate the quality materials used to make these sweats comfy and cozy. Although these sweats probably are not the best for heavy athletic use, they are great for warm ups or cool downs after a run. The relaxed yet slim tailoring makes them the perfect piece to transition from airplane to city, or workout to on the town.
What are your must have travel clothing staples? Comment below!
Our final stop on our Brazil tour was Salvador, home to Afro-Brazilian culture and endless colonial Portuguese architecture. The streets are filled with streams of colorful lanterns and flags, cobblestones blocks (or the sweet sounding word in Portuguese, "paralelepÃpedos").
âEach street is filled with energy and surprises, from heart pounding drum players, to playful capoeira dancers, to vendors selling Michael Jackson t-shirts. Indeed the King of Pop filmed is 90's jam "They Don't Really Care About Us" on these very streets! There is so much to see in this city, it truly requires a few days on your Brazil itinerary to even scratch the surface.
The cityâs past is marked by stories of Portuguese seafaring and the heartbreaking history of the African slave trade. The lively Bahian capital offers a unique fusion of vibrant cultures these days.
If you are able to step away from the brilliantly hued center- a living museum of 17th- and 18th-century architecture and gold-laden churches- then try to reach the glorious palm lined coastline down the road. â
The UNESCO site of the Pelourinho old town can be explored on foot or with a walking tour. As the first capital of Brazil, from 1549 to 1763, Salvador de Bahia witnessed a fusion of European, African and Amerindian cultures.
It isn't a trip to Bahia until you have tried moqueca - the coconut fish stew that is served teeming hot with simmering yellow broth. After dinner, you will see many vendors selling PÃ£o de Queijo, a delightful after dinner snack.
A night on the town is not complete with our an ice cold caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail served on the beaches, bars, and streets!
"SaÃºde" as we say in Portuguese and hope you get a chance to visit Bahia very soon!
Powdery white-sand beaches. Verdant rainforests. Stylish, rhythm-filled metropolises. Charming colonial towns. This captivating country enraptures. Stunning biodiversity. The greatest collection of plant and animal species found anywhere on earth. On our trip, we were lucky enough to experience a bit of all of the above.
Our adventure didn't stop. One minute we were ascending rocky cliff tops to panoramic views, the next we were bodysurfing stellar breaks off palm fringed beaches.
Rio De Janeiro
We will start with Rio, where our trip began. Looking out from the 710m peak of Corcovado, we saw why Rio is called the Cidade Maravilhosa. There is a cinematic quality to this scene- lushly forested mountains fringe the city, shimmering beaches trace the shoreline and a string of tiny islands lie scattered along the seafront.
Standing atop Corcovado (which means âhunchbackâ), Cristo Redentor gazes out over Rio, a placid expression on his well-crafted face.
Rio's Famous Beaches
âThere is the classic Copacabana Beach- a magnificent confluence of land and sea- the long, scalloped beach extends for some 4km. Then there is Ipanema Beach, its fame and beauty unabated since bossanova stars Tom Jobim and VinÃcius de Moraes introduced the world to its allure in the 1960s. We like both- don't ask us to choose.
Tijuca is the exuberant green 39-sq-km tropical-jungle preserve, with beautiful trees, creeks and waterfalls, mountainous terrain and high peaks. We could even see monkeys and toucans among the foliage.
The spirit of the people is what also sticks with you. There is a lust for life. A woke-up-on-the-good-side-of-the-bed vibe.
Brazil is famous for its festas, and we opted for a taste of the old world, by hitting up
PetrÃ³polis' beer- and schnitzel-loving Bauernfest. Petropolis and the surrounding region are packed with breweries, including Cervejaria Bohemia in the heart of town (Brazil's oldest brewery, with its own beer museum). The fantastically shaped peaks of Parque Nacional Serra dos ÃrgÃ£os are just a short drive out of town. Drink up!
âThere is a reason why this city is known as the "marvelous city". It will truly surprise you and take your breath away from the mountains to the sweeping coastal views. We hope you get a chance to visit Rio De Janeiro very soon!
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