My husband brought me this pair of slippers from New Zealand, and I love them so much that I take them with me on every trip.
If you had asked me 25 or even 15 years ago whether I needed to pack slippers - instead of, say, socks, flip flops or some other multipurpose footwear - I would have said no. Nowadays, I toss out extra shoes and skip souvenir shopping so I can bring my slippers with me when I travel. Affordable comfort is more important to me than, well, pretty much everything else.
Over the decades, I've discovered that there are things I can live without, such as hot breakfasts and luxurious hotel rooms, and things I am willing to splurge on, like air conditioning. (After a few days in Stuttgart, Germany, in 97-degree weather, air conditioning is a no-brainer. I'd rather sleep in an air conditioned youth hostel than live through those days at a four-star hotel without A/C or fans again.)
Trip planning is a complex process, and sometimes we forget to budget for those little things that really will make the trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Slippers might not make or break a trip, but they'll make evenings in your hotel room a bit more relaxing. Hiring a local guide might be more expensive than a do-it-yourself tour, but that guide's expertise and knowledge could give you amazing insights that no guidebook can match.
As you plan your next travel adventure, take a few minutes to consider our eight recommended travel splurges. And, yes, slippers are on the list. After hiking the Roman Forum or trekking the National Mall in Washington, DC, there's nothing better than peeling off those dusty socks and sliding your weary feet into a comfy pair of slippers.
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