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Versatile Vacation Menswear From Madda Fella

In keeping with our preference to ‘pack light, pack right’ for travel, each item we take has to really earn its place in our suitcase.

If a piece only goes with one outfit, or suits one occasion, or doesn’t wear well enough for more than one day – it won’t make the cut.

Our most-loved are those truly versatile, ‘wear with anything’ pieces, so it’s no surprise we are fans of Madda Fella’s menswear, including the Castaway Collection below.

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Castaway Shirt

Madda Fella Castaway Shirt

This shirt ticks all our boxes, you really can’t go wrong. The vintage inspiration means it always looks smart, but the relaxed cut and soft double-brushed cotton mean comfort is guaranteed too.

Loose and airy, you can roll the sleeves up on a balmy evening or layer over a t-shirt in a chilly breeze. Throw it on over your beachwear for sun protection or as a lunchtime cover-up. Team it with jeans, chinos, shorts…the possibilities are endless.

Madda Fella Castaway Shirt

Perfect for the beach, city breaks, cruising and more, it’s hard to think when you couldn’t wear this!

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Castaway Hoodie

Madda Fella Castaway Hoodie

Made from double-brushed soft cotton, we love this hoodie for those cooler days or evenings when you just need that extra layer.

Lightweight, it’s a definite ‘summer’ hoodie yet lacks nothing in comfort. It would be perfect to travel in, and it rolls up snugly when you need to pack it or throw it in your backpack.

The chest and sleeve buttons mean you can customize the fit as the temperature changes so it transitions really well from day to evening.

You could wear it anywhere, but we think it would really fit the bill on a cruise as it’s always chilly when you’re at sea, even in hotter climates.

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Castaway Drawstring Short

Madda Fella Castaway Drawstring Shorts

These Castaways are designed to be that pair of shorts you can live in every day.

Perfect for the beach, wandering around the town or just lounging at home, they’re the ultimate in comfort when you don’t need or want to try too hard.

A flattering length with practical pockets, you can match them with a t-shirt or button down, flip-flops or brogues and you know they’ll look great.

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To view full details of the Castaway collection and much more, visit MaddaFella.com.

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Just Back From: Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina

View over mostar at night

Helen took an October twin-centre break to the Balkan region, staying first in Dubrovnik in Croatia before moving on to Mostar, a sourthern city in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

My Highlights

Meeting local people who were so open, warm and friendly. We stayed Airbnb close to the Old Town and the accommodation was excellent. The people we met were so willing to share their hospitality, their stories about the war and their hopes for the future.

Mostar at night

My Top 5 Things To Do

1. The Old Town and the Stari Most bridge are very lovely and atmospheric but very touristy. The views from the bridge and the terraces are beautiful. When you think that all the bridges were destroyed during the war in 1992 it’s remarkable that the old bridge has been replaced exactly. Check out the 2017 Cliff Diving Championships which were held in Mostar to see the famous bridge diving.

2. We took the free walking tour to find out more about the city, which obviously means understanding about the war.

3. Hum Hill; the cross on the hill above Mostar and the gun placements from which the Bosnians were bombed.

4. Kravice waterfalls – just stunning. In fact we took a full day private tour for just 30 Euros each and saw so many stunning sights including: Medjugorje, where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared; an old hillside village Pocitelj; Blagaj – once a thriving town from the 15th century and home to the Dervish Tekke Monastery plus the source of the Buna river; and the underground secret hangers of the Yugoslavian army where they used to keep 25 MiG jet fighters.

Kravice Falls

5. Eat in the atmospheric Old Town and you won’t be disappointed. Our favourite for atmosphere, welcome and food was Tima – Irma.

My Top Tip

Mostar is increasingly on the tourist radar but going in mid-October everything was still open but much less crowded and cooler. Around 24c and sunny, which was perfect for travel and sightseeing. Many people take a day trip from Dubrovnik but Mostar deserves better than that, I would say at least two full days. We walked a lot in Mostar into the local areas and at night and we felt very safe.

Good To Know Before You Go

Euros are accepted everywhere and there is a fixed rate of exchange to the local currency. There are plenty of ATMs in Mostar.

3G is widespread in Mostar but patchy in the countryside.

A Word Of Caution

Road signs are not great and there is still some concern about unexploded land mines. The countryside is beautiful, but a guided tour will take you to places you probably couldn’t find alone.

Pocitelj

We read about people waiting hours to cross the border, which may be the case in the height of summer, but we found that with Google Maps we could find the quieter border crossings and often there was no queue. The roads we travelled were all good quality and with plenty of petrol/gas stations.

Anything Else?

You will need comfortable shoes for the cobbles of the Old Town and if you venture further afield.

What I Wore And Packed

To travel in I wore:

  • Capri pants
  • Shirt
  • Geox shoes
  • Pashmina/cape

And I packed:

  • Jeans
  • Capri pants
  • 4 x long-sleeved t-shirts
  • Jumper
  • Black ankle boots
  • Scarf
  • Packable jacket
  • Packable daysack

I also carried my RedDog BagPod which I love for travel; it’s light, has lots of pockets which makes it easy to find everything, and looks smart too.

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Posted by Helen – WhatToWearOnHoliday.com

Just Back From: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik

Helen took a twin-centre break to Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina for an October week away. The Croatian leg was spent in the city of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic coast, before visiting Mostar for the remainder of the trip.

My Highlights

Walking the city walls and the stunning views.

The friendly locals

Stunning fresh fish to choose from.

The Three Island Tour by boat.

My Top 5 Things To Do

1. Walk the city walls (you can even abseil down if you fancy it!).

Stunning views from the city walls

2. Visit the Rector’s Palace and museum.

3. Take a day’s sailing trip around the Elaphiti Islands, stopping off at three of them. With lunch and wine included, this tour is excellent value for money. Transport to and from the boat is also included in the price.

Boat trip to the Elaphiti Islands

4. Do a walking tour with a local guide – we found the tour about the war was particularly good.

5. Take the cable car for stunning views over the city and beyond. You can even enjoy a
cocktail at the top.

Views from the cable car

My Top Tip

If you like museums and also want to walk the wall, then the Dubrovnik Card is a must buy. There is a choice of 1, 3 or 7 days and you will save money – to walk the walls alone costs 150 Kuna.

Sightseeing in Dubrovnik

Good To Know Before You Go

Talking of money it is best to use the Croatian Kuna, and it’s easy to get from ATMs (of which there are many in town) or exchange currency at a bank. You get far less for your money if you choose to pay by Euro, although this is also accepted widely.

The water is safe to drink from the taps.

And there is 4G cover everywhere.

A Word Of Caution

It is very expensive in Dubrovnik!

Taxis are expensive so factor that in if you stay any distance from Dubrovnik. Check the water taxis as they can be a lot cheaper, or do as we did and stay close enough to walk to the Old Town. However, know that everywhere you will be walking up a lot of steps.

Anything Else?

Comfy shoes and stamina are vital because apart from the Main Street everywhere else is
up steps.

Steps everywhere

Don’t go in the height of summer it is just too busy; this summer they had 17,000 tourists
in one street at one time, as it is a major cruise ship destination. Going in October, everything was still open but much less crowded and also cooler. Weather of around 24c and sunny was perfect for travel and sightseeing.

What I Wore And Packed

To travel in I wore:

  • Capri pants
  • Shirt
  • Geox shoes
  • Pashmina/cape

And I packed:

  • Jeans
  • Capri pants
  • 4 x long-sleeved t-shirts
  • Jumper
  • Black ankle boots
  • Scarf
  • Packable jacket
  • Packable daysack

I also carried my RedDog BagPod which I love for travel; it’s light, has lots of pockets which makes it easy to find everything, and looks smart too.

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Posted by Helen – WhatToWearOnHoliday.com

Just Back From: The Edinburgh Fringe

Edinburgh's Royal Mile

Helen is just back from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the biggest celebration of arts and culture in the world.

Held every August in Scotland‘s capital, the three week festival showcases creative energy from across the globe. With over 50,000 performances of over 3,000 shows, at nearly 300 venues across the city, there really is something for everyone.

My Highlights

The buzz is electric and with so many nationalities represented both amongst the visitors and the performers, this is a time to move out of your comfort zone and try new things. It
feels like a party all the time.

My Top 5 Things To Do

1. Free walking tour of the Royal Mile organised by the local council – it really is free!

2. Wander and take in the street performances and leave plenty of time to be spontaneous.

Street performers

3. The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is on at the same time (or at least most of it) and is an amazing experience with its firework display, marching, music, dancing etc.

4. Pop into the Virgin Money Half Price Booth and get tickets for something you wouldn’t normally go to.

5. Walk up Arthur’s Seat and great views of the city, it’s just a short walk from the centre.

Edinburgh castle

Good To Know Before You Go

Weather wise, you will get every season in one day so pack accordingly. Layering is the key to be comfortable throughout the day and night. Avoid umbrellas as with so many people around they are impractical; opt instead for a waterproof jacket with hood.

If you want to eat anywhere in particular make a reservation, or you will be disappointed.

A Word Of Caution

The Fringe programme is huge and takes some digesting. If you are really keen to see someone or something, book before you go. However, there is lots available on the day and often at a lower price, so it’s worth being flexible. The venues are spread across the city so factor that into your schedule or you could find yourself arriving late and being refused
entry.

Helen, and a Scottish piper

Anything Else?

Wear really comfortable shoes as you will be walking a lot.

What I Wore And Packed

To travel in I wore:

  • Capri pants
  • Lightweight top
  • Jumper
  • Shoes
  • Jacket

And I packed:

  • 2 pairs of trousers
  • 3 shirts
  • Shoes
  • Pashmina

When it comes to a bag I used my RedDog BagPod. I love it for travel; it’s great, light, lots of
pockets make it easy to find everything, and looks smart too. I love the key ring and added to my bunjee for my mobile phone it was perfect.

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Posted by Helen – WhatToWearOnHoliday.com

My Top Tips For Getting The Best From Wilderness Festival

Wilderness Festival

I’d been to plenty of festivals before, so thought I would know what to expect. But the UK’s Wilderness festival (held at Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire in August) was definitely different, and a bit of prior knowledge really helps.

If this is your first time going to Wilderness then these tips will help you make the most of your experience:

1. Book anything you really want to see or do well before you get there, as they get booked up so far in advance of the festival. This is especially true for the Banquet lunches and dinners, and Neals Yard treatments.

Food and drink demos

2. The Sanctuary is where all of the therapies, meditation, yoga etc take place. If you don’t manage to get bookings for the Neals Yard treatments, you can book directly at the tents of the alternative therapies – BUT – get there early. My advice would be to book them as soon as you arrive.

3. You pay for all bookings when you make them and not when you go along, so be prepared for a large layout of cash up front. Some do take cards.

4. There are lots of cash machines around the site.

5. The site is vast, and there is so much to see it can be overwhelming. It’s not helped by the fact you can’t buy the programme until you get there. The programme is like a small book, there is so much going on. Take time out to sit and figure out what you want to see and do.

6. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you see the big Saturday Night Spectacle… and the Sunday morning cricket match.

The Saturday Spectacle and Sunday morning cricket match

7. Even if free events are ticketed and full, it’s worth pitching up just in case people don’t show.

8. Take advantage of the eclectic mix at the forum to experience new thoughts and ideas. These are all free and if you get there early enough you may even get to sit on a sofa.

9. The general campsites are a very long walk from the festival and it’s hilly, so be prepared.

10. The car parking for the general camping is also a long walk from the campsite. Maybe invest in a trolley to minimise the number of trips you need to make.

11. Security is tight, and you are scanned in each time. They enforce the ‘no glass’ and ‘limited alcohol’ rules tightly and patrol the campsites, so be sure everything is plastic.

12. Expect the ‘organisation’ to be disorganised – especially on day one when the staff are all getting used to their roles… and just chill; they manage to get it right in the end!

13. If you like to dress up in the weird and wacky feel free to do it here. BUT, if you like your festival dress to be more conservative you won’t feel out of place either. Everything is fine.

Dress up... if you want to!

14. From young families to grandparents and every age in between, there is something for everyone at Wilderness.

I was so frustrated on the first day that things were so disorganised, and not at all what I expected compared to other festivals. But would I go again? Most definitely!

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Posted by Helen – WhatToWearOnHoliday.com