Yep, you heard me! On an Older Women, Cheap Travel trip, we rarely wear shorts! And, isn’t that what almost all tourists expect to wear when they travel to warm countries? But, we are not tourists; we are visitors and visitors have respect for the local culture.
Women of a certain age in some countries, sometimes any age over puberty, rarely wear shorts in public. Even in hot, hot weather, even in the water! Here is a photo of some Indian friends of mine on their first visit to the United States. See what they are wearing to go tubing?
Yes, in India, women wear saris to go swimming at the beach! They wear salwar kameezes (Indian pantsuits) for walking and hiking and, even in Mexico, in some places, women do not wear bathing suits at the beach (there you can wear shorts) and in the city, they wear pants or below the knee skirts, but no shorts.
I think it is very important to wear what other women wear wherever we are traveling. Nothing like drawing attention to a bunch of older women than a couple dozen naked legs hanging out from our too short shorts or our entire bodies barely covered with a couple scraps of cloth at the beach while women in hijab walk by and cluck at us.
And there is nothing like the positive attention and respect we get as a group of foreign women when we dress properly and respect local traditions.
And, the one last advantage to not wearing shorts is that, for many of us, we won’t be so embarrassed to show our friends and family the travel photos that we appear in!
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