For years and years, when Americans traveled, we put on our Sunday best. It was a privilege to travel (whether via train, bus or airplane), so naturally one wanted to dress and act like you’d been there before. Somehow between then and now, it’s unfortunately become customary to dress down when you travel. These days, dumpy business casual wear, and even worse, the college student pajama-and-pillow look has become all too common. Despite comfy temptations, we find dressing in classic duds provide numerous benefits when traveling in public:
1. It shows respect for others. (No one wants to sit next to a slob.)
2. It opens up doors of possibility. (You never know who might sit next to you.)
3. Looking like you belong in first class tends to help in upgrade situations.
You don’t have to look like you’re about to attend a black tie affair … but showing respect for yourself and your traveling companions by looking presentable isn’t just classic, it’s the right thing to do.