Eaten by an Elephant and survived, they float, they keep sun and rain at bay, they look good and they last forever. Made in Canada from high quality materials with great attention to detail, Tilley hats have become the must have accessory for the discerning traveller.
Here are Alex Tilley's 10 Commandments of travel:
1. FIND A HOUSE SITTER
Make arrangements with a friend to check your home periodically while you’re away. Just keep your fridge empty so they don’t eat all your snacks.
2. PACK LIGHTLY
You don’t need 10 pairs of shoes. Pack one or two versatile pairs. Yes, we’re talking to you.
3. CARRY ON WITH A PIECE OF MIND
Carry on with peace of mind. Put a few pieces of clothing in your partner’s luggage and vice versa, in case your luggage gets lost. Just remember not to wear their underwear later on.
Wear loose clothing on the plane since the body tends to swell up in the air. Why do you think we don’t make skinny pants? That, and you’d probably look ridiculous in them.
5. MAKE NEW FRIENDS
Since language can be a barrier, it’s easier to communicate with strangers through pictures. Show photos of your workplace, friends and family to stimulate conversation with your new friends.
Release your inner explorer. Get your hair wet and your feet dirty. Kiss the soil atop the mountain you just conquered. Okay, maybe just pat it.
7.DON'T DRINK THE WATER
Unless you’re in Switzerland. In that case, drink as much as you can.
8. BEWARE OF PICKPOCKETS
Use your secret Tilley pockets to stash your cash, passport and whatever weird objects you don’t want us to know about.
9. SPEAK THEIR LANGUAGE
At least try to. The locals will respect you for it…or laugh at you for it. Either way, you’ve made an impression.
Come on, what’s the point of traveling if you can’t do it with class?