Swapping your perfume for mosquito spray and your lipstick for sun-protecting balm can be a liberating prospect for some female travellers, while for others the thought of facing the world ‘au naturel’ can be a daunting one.

When I’m travelling, I like the idea of being too busy exploring the sights and sounds of a new destination to be bothered with sitting in front of the mirror slapping on warpaint, or trying to make my unruly barnet look as coiffeured as if I’ve just stepped out of a salon. When I was backpacking, not only was I too busy to fulfill my usual beauty regime, but I was often too hot and sweaty, and knowing that whatever I painted on would melt within seconds of me stepping outside, I usually opted for the natural look rather than that of a garish clown with mascara on her cheeks and blusher on her chin.

My usual beauty regime isn’t a particularly lengthy one, but it’s time consuming enough, and can often feel like a bit of a chore. I love being able to jump out of bed in an undiscovered location, take a quick shower, run a brush through my hair (or fingers, depending on whether my brush is buried at the bottom of my bag), and get on out into the big wide world.




That said, when I go back home to England or visit relatives in France for example, I always wear make up, but a little voice inside of me wishes that I could be as confident with my ‘nude’ face when I’m travelling, as I am with my painted one in my home territories.

So, are you a glamorous traveller who can’t bear to leave her bag of beauty tricks at home, or do you ditch the cosmetics and face the unexplored world in all your naked beauty?

Tell us what you think by voting in our Facebook poll, or if Facebook isn’t your thing, simply place your vote in the comments section below. If you have any simple, time saving beauty tips for globetrotting girls, please feel free to share those with us too, we’d really love to hear from you!

Love: Bye bye beauty regime, it’s been fun but it’s time for a break, see you when I get back home!

Loathe: I might be living out of a backpack, but that doesn’t mean I can’t look good– I’d never give up my beauty regime!