THE OUTDOOR SHIRT
Posted on 03 March 2015
Give the formals a break
Today we launch the best travel companion you will ever need. The Outdoor Shirt - available in full sleeve and half sleeve versions, the shirt is made of 100% cotton and comes in an earthy olive khaki colour. It is made of a rugged twill fabric which will keep you warm when up in the mountains , comfortable when dozing off in air-conditioned cabins, and breathes easy on sunny afternoons. A utility shirt. It is a perfect blend of style with sensibility. And fashion too. An executive after all needs to take a week-end break away from formals.
The shirts have been carefully designed for your comfort and convenience –
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THE OUTDOOR SHIRT FULL SLEEVES is an all purpose shirt. It can double up for long distance air and train travel. Also recommended for motor-cycle riders. And of course in the chill and when walking through the bushes. And who says mosquitoes are found only in the cities?
THE OUTDOOR HALF SLEEVES shirt is of course a summer shirt. But it is more. Would you want to be seen sipping a cocktail on the beach on a picnic in a full sleeves shirt. Or when visiting Scott Market in Rangoon? Or on the driver’s seat of a 4 wheel drive? You can also wear the half sleeves in the city, on weekends, relaxing with family and friends
- The half sleeve shirt has a touch of added fashion – shoulder flaps or epaulettes – they won’t ask for your pass when you enter into the army club anyplace in the world
- And extra pockets at the bottom. What luck, all of four pockets where you can pack in everything you can think of – maps, pamphlets, keys, money, medicines, chewing gum, travel papers, goggles, mosquito repellant, even a tot of gin with tonic water ( who wants to pick up malaria on a trip?). Anything else you need to carry?
TRAVEL TIPS : Dos and Donts
Never to leave you in the dark, here are some of our best kept travel secrets
Avoidable in most parts
Do check out on local practices
- In a London restaurant it is considered rude to wave to the waiter and ask for the bill. Wait patiently for him to appear. Never mind if you miss your train.
- In a group, going Dutch is quite common, in northern Europe. This can mean separate bills or splitting the bill equally. Even if you are invited as part of a group, you may be expected to go Dutch. In southern Europe it can be considered rude to ask for your own bill. It is best to find out in advance.
- In the US, waiters make a living on tips not on salary and so tipping is mandatory. Not so in Japan, where it can be taken as an insult. Makes sense to find out in advance.
- Self service is not the same as a buffet. So if you take assorted vegetables from the food bowls, you can get billed for each item separately. In Italy, if a vegetarian asks for a plate of assorted vegetables you will be billed for each item separately though what you get is just one dish.
- In Colombo you can be hauled up if seen smoking at a street corner
- Cuban Cigars, even purchased elsewhere are banned in the Unites States
- In some countries exercise restraint when bringing in religious books or at least put a jacket on the cover page.
- Pepper spray is seen as an efficient safety device in India but banned in the UK and Singapore out of fear of public safety and misuse.
- Myanmar follow strict laws when it comes to gambling, so be careful, even playing cards can land you into trouble.
- In many countries, women are expected to keep their head covered. In fact, even a male can invite attention if walking around in shorts. If a morning walk is a must in Tripoli, check around before venturing out
- You must carry a gift when you meet a person in Japan. The wrapping should be more expensive than the gift. But do not pack in white or red colour since that is not auspicious
- In Japan you can as well slurp noisily from your soup bowl. And in China express satisfaction with the food, with a loud burp. In some countries you can even lick your plate, not just your fingers.
- Don’t be alarmed if you see men rubbing each other’s noses or even touch each other’s nose. It is a form of greeting, not delinquency.
- A business traveler who is sensitive to local customs will make a better impact on people he meets during the visit. It is worth the while to do an Internet search on the destination country – text search words to use include etiquette, local customs, habits. And in Hanoi, do not look at a hoarding of Ho Chi Minh and ask : “ Is he a popular film star?”
It’s all about the money!
How to carry forex is usually a hassle, even for a seasoned traveller. You can save good money by taking the trouble to make some enquiries on best way to handle payment before departure to your destination country.
While cash in local currency is good for immediate and quick transactions, this runs the risk of theft and moreover the leftover cash has to be converted back at an additional cost for the exchange. On the other hand, it is not practical to use a card all the time nor is it safe to unduly expose your card.
Avoid buying local currency from money changers in India, who do provide a range of foreign currencies. It is a rip off. Best is to carry only Dollars or Euro out of India and change on arrival. We recommend in non developed country markets that you convert this to local currency with a money changer. Of course you have to be careful. Kerb rates can vary but best to take the help of a local.
PrePaid Cards are great for employee travel budget allocations and if you are travelling through countries using multiple currencies. However again a limited amount and a pre set budget for its usage are advisable as the balance conversion is unprofitable.
Between debit and credit cards, credit cards are a safer bet to use abroad. Firstly they let you avail of perks like upgrades and access to airport lounges while not exposing your entire account balance to ATMs . But avoid withdrawing cash on the card as 4% to your bill will be added by the banks.
In any case we advise you keep what you do not need immediately in a locker, and if you must do carry it on your person ( which is what the outdoor shirt is all about). Do not keep in your bag. We have seen more than one tired passenger being relieved of his bag and losing his possessions including passport -- and this in the world’s top airports.