There is something freeing about being on holiday. It’s not just the sense of freedom away from the normal annoyances of the rat race back home; it’s a sense of limitless possibilities. We’ve all gone away and found ourselves entranced by the wares on offer, depleting our travel fund within the first few days because we just can’t resist the urge to splurge. And given it’s usually a treat you only get a couple of times a year, where’s the harm?
If you’re going to shop, then you might as well travel to somewhere where the shops on offer are truly amazing. Fashion fans might be well accustomed to buying online or juggling the cost of shipping, but nothing will ever compare to being in a fashion-forward place and sampling the goods before you buy. Endless rows of high-end, high-quality luxury for you to run your hands over and consider buying, all accompanied by that sense of freedom from the norm that makes travelling such a delight.
While it’s perhaps not the best idea to make your desire to shop a sole reason for visiting an area, there are ways and means of combining all the things you want. Below are a list of destinations that make for truly spectacular destinations no matter what your reason for going, but have an extra something for the fashion conscious to enjoy as well!
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Located on the Kowloon Peninsula and overlooking Victoria Bay, there’s no doubt about it: Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the most popular destinations in Hong Kong. Imagine looking at that technicolour wonderland from the window of your Tsim Sha Tsui hotel, thinking of all the stores that are just waiting for you to visit.
Oh, and what stores! Hong Kong has cornered the luxury end of the market well, with plenty of high-end brands setting up stores around the country, but particularly in the tourist-rich Tsim Sha Tsui. Not only that, but there’s plenty of authentic local markets to indulge yourself with too.
There’s no doubt about it; if we’re talking fashionable destinations, then it’s impossible not to mention Italy as a whole, but specifically Milan.
The city manages to meld together the old – such as the Duomo di Milano as pictured above – with the new in impressive ways. The ancient streets and old-world charm sit alongside the exciting fashion brands that have made the city home, especially during the annual Fashion Week. There’s plenty to explore both in terms of the shopping and the history, so whether you make it a weekend break or stay for longer, there’s no doubt you’ll find something to delight in Milan.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Finally, a few words on the newcomer to the fashionista’s destination list: Dubai. The souks are some of the most intriguing and beautiful shopping experiences you can find, offering an insight into the rich culture that surrounds this area.
If you’d prefer to stick to known labels, then the Dubai Mall is everything that you could need under one roof. The huge mall – which comes complete with its own indoor aquarium – is home to all the big, high-end designers, as well as outlets and smaller boutiques that you could spend your entire stay exploring. Do try and catch some of the local culture too, of course, but there’s more than enough here to get you flexing your credit cards!