This season it’s all about packing that bag and making a beeline for the next big adventure. The balmy days have given way to short-notice travel plans and intimate destination dreams. Everywhere you look, it’s all about holidaying and holidaying in style and at Viari, we are not far away from the travel truck either. While everyone else is scouting the usual, we’re adding up our destinations to the ultimate accessory to carry – yes, this can only mean that we’re into the best support systems when it comes to taking the high road. Without further ado, take a look at the bags that define our personalities and our travel dreams – and they come loaded with two essential benefits – fashion and function.
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Nothing beats rough and rugged when it comes to Africa. The adventure junkie in you will do tiny cartwheels as you venture into the deep forest reserves of Maasai Mara only because it hosts the “Big Five” – Lion, Leopard, African elephant, African Buffalo and the Black Rhinocereos. Lay in the tented camps and lodges and plot the next leopard sighting as you take that hot highway to one of Africa’s greatest wildlife reserves.
He: The Monsoon Bag, perfect for carrying a waterbottle, an iPad and a pair of clothes as you go on that jeep into the jungle. The roll-up design of the bag gives you enough space to carry an umbrella, a wind-cheater, your trusty binoculars and a sleeping bag for those long nights out! Well-prepared is half-finished!
She: The Trooper Bag makes sure you carry that small makeup kit, a pair of aviators and those denim shorts to stay on trend on the safari. Unlike other travel bags, this one comes with two big compartments on the outside which carries all your bare essentials like a torchlight, your DSLR and a pair of binoculars while the concealed zipper compartment on the inside is perfect for those personal journals, insect-repellents and add-on batteries.
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Small, picturesque and extremely romantic, Positano is Italy’s best kept secret. Situated on the Amalfi coast, this fishing village is famous for – the sun, sand and taking long walks into the layered coast – eating local produce and drinking lots of famous Limoncello. The coastal view is breathtaking and your day will not complete without a trip into the sea on a ferry for some much-needed me-time!
He: The Connaught Bag is simple and functional – wear it with your casual khakhi shorts and a checkered shirt for that laid-back look. Plus carry your Kindle and dangle your wayfarers for that fun vibe! Made from the softest cow banjo leather, this cute backpack also features a unique fold-over mechanism that makes sure your travel is manageable and luggage-free and the adjustable shoulder strap is easy on your body!
She: The Museum Tour bag is so small but it can pack in quite a punch! The bag goes perfectly with bright-coloured shorts and a crop top. Add in a pair of brogues and a statement neckpiece and you’re done for the day! The bag is good enough to carry a coin purse, a wallet and your favourite gloss and the thin straps just add drama to your look!
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Capital of Catalonia, fondly called Barca – Barcelona is known for its rich cultural insights and excellent World Heritage sites. We’ve also heard that its home to some great local brands and flea markets – of course, shopping is the next best thing to do in Barcelona. Walk down Las Rambla with a trip to the La Boqueria market, gaze lovingly at the Gaudi architectural delights and watch some great live music performances at concert halls like Apolo and Razzmatazz.
He: The Empire State Bag keeps style young and refreshing. Wear it with cargo pants, a casual rock tee and leather loafers for a feel-good holiday! The bag is just the one you can use for a weekend and it comes with a shoe bag and two zippered compartments to carry all your bare essentials, from your daily journal to your extra big makeup kit!
She: Treat the vibrant city to your ever-colourful life as you saunter around town in a bright red gallery tote. The big bag with ample space to carry all your shopping stands elegant as you wear it with a bold maxi dress and add lots of chunky jewellery. Complete it with a pair of gladiator sandals and a cocktail ring for some extra love! Perfect to carry as cabin baggage, the bag can hold a pair of clothes and your toiletries – it also includes a shoe bag, a bottle holder, a key strap and an exterior pocket for your mobile!
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Aptly called the Vegas of the East, Macau is every nightlife traveler’s manna. With big towers and mega casinos and extravagant restaurants and hotels, this one for those who are always on the fast lane. Stay at the Venetian, capture the ruins of ST.Paul Cathedral and saunter around the Historic Centre of Macau and the Grand Prix Museum. Order your favourite cocktail, buy a few chips and head to the many casinos for a night of fortune and fun – the night has just begun!
He: The Jazz Bag is just about right to carry your nights essentials when you heading into the top casino in town. Wear it with your shiniest shirt and a pair of straight-cut denims. Make sure you add a cool belt and apply lots of gel on your hair! The bag features an exterior pocket, a key strap, and an adjustable shoulder strap to make your travel and casino-hopping easier. The well-organised interiors carry your tablet or iPad-mini and all that extra cash – perect for a night out!
She: Posh and functional, sexy yet practical, the Broadway Bag is just what the doctor ordered for you at Macau. Wear it with a sexy peplum dress and your favourite louboutins for that perfect casino look! The bag also includes a mirror and the key strap – allowing for your travel to be fun yet stylish! The two zippered compartments hold all your travel must-haves – from wallets to makeup pouches to your trusted flats!
Ho Chi Minh City
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Was earlier known as Siagon and is known to be the one place where you get the best Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup). But these are not just the reasons to visit Ho Chi Minh City, there are many more – from the War Remnants Museum to Scooter Tours, from the Bonsai River Cruise to District 1’s Ben Thanh Market, the city is abuzz with things to do and places to see. Make sure you savour some of the local delicacies like Fertilised duck eggs and fermented scorpion wine while you achieve some spiritual guidance from the numerous temples and pagodas that you find in every corner of the city!
He: The Storm Bag makes sure you see Saigon in style – wear it with knee-length shorts and a plain tee as you saunter around the city. A canvas belt and a top hat can give you extra brownie points. The overnight bag carries a webbing strap, a key strap and nickel-free hardware in a brushed antique brass finish, for a weathered, vintage look. The three big exterior pockets and a special waterproof-lined compartment make this the perfect bag for the travel addict.
She: Neon shades work very well with your favourite LWD (Little White Dress) and so the essential Neon College Satchel works wonders for you this season. Add in a pair of embellished sunglasses and bold cuffs or stacked up bracelets to create a fun look! The satchel is perfect for those flea markets and cycling trips and endless rides on the rickshaws as you explore the city. The bag in Buff Nova leather comes with adjustable straps, a coin purse and a key holder, and easily fits your camera, wallet and a few souvenirs you will buy at those flea markets.