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There is no activity one looks forward to more than a well-deserved vacation, away from the toil and drudgery of one’s day-to-day life. When planning a pleasure trip, there are two approaches one can take.

The first is to extensively plan every aspect of the trip; destinations, activities, routes; make all reservations months in advance, and pack for every possible necessity. There’s nothing wrong with this methodologysome people cannot properly relax without some measure of structure, even on their holidays. A reputable travel agent or resource like AAA.com can help with planning every eventuality of such a trip, which can be rewarding and packed with activities.

The other approach is to fill the car with gas, the smartphone with your favorite music, a bag with clothes and essentials, and go. This is a more free-spirited method, and it’s not for everyone, but it can result in seeing things and having experiences that you would have never planned if you had approached your vacation in a more structured fashion. Sometimes, the most rewarding experiences in life are found by accident.

With regards to the “just go” method of taking a trip, packing light and packing smart is nearly synonymous. It’s important to pack only the most versatile, practical, and useful items of clothing. Comfy jeans, a sun hat, kicky shorts, whatever fits into the most situations with the least trouble.

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To that end, it’s a good idea to find some comfortable, stylish, functional footwear, suitable for an impromptu clambake on the beach, window shopping in Las Vegas, or visiting the world’s largest ball of twine in Cawker City, Kansas. Reef shoes cover a wide selection of environmentally-friendly footwear, made from sustainable sources, such as the light and pretty Bella Costas Tropic.  The Tropic’s cotton canvas upper (with reinforced suede heel) comes in a variety of colors, many sourced from Guatemalan textile artisans. The comfortable mattress-styled quilted PU foam footbed with anatomical arch support will keep your feet comfortable in a variety of scenarios, and enable you to truly enjoy your freestyle vacation, wherever your whims carry you.

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