Selecting the Best Glasses for Your Next Trip

How long has it been since your last holiday? Given the restrictions and hardships occurring as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we’d say it’s likely you haven’t been on a holiday of any substance for perhaps a year and a half? 

During the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve all had to adjust to a new ‘normal.’ This has meant a complete halt, for most of us, to travel overseas. As much as we like to holiday in our home country’s, there’s nothing quite like visiting a new culture and surroundings that are alien to us. 

As we start to see the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, we can now look ahead to a return to some of the positives we missed out on over the past 18 months. You’ve earned that holiday you are about to go on, and now might be the time to book it.

Now that guidelines have become less restrictive, your next break may well be on the horizon. This will no doubt mean you have a number of possible locations and types of holidays planned. 

If you are a wearer of glasses, then your choice of what types to wear, and pack, is, of course, impacted by whatever trip you are taking. That’s why we suggest you check out the best resources to locate the ideal eyewear for your specific needs.

With that in mind, we’re big fans of Zenni, who offer a great range of glasses for different purposes and needs, and you can find more information about them here. 

To help you make the right decisions, and to assist you in possible purchases, here are some tips that we hope will help you.

Glasses for Sunny Holidays

Make sure to pack a good pair of sunglasses for your trip to sunnier climes. We’d recommend you have two pairs. One that is perhaps for ‘clumsy’ occasions, such as a visit to the beach, and a second, more resilient pair for your trips around town. 

Make sure both of these offer the relevant UV coverage but also remember to keep topping up your sun cream and don’t stay out too long in the direct sunlight. 

Glasses for Sporting Holidays

If your holiday is of the sporting variety, you’ll want to have a pair of sport-specific glasses. It is no longer the case that you’d partake in your sporting activities while wearing the same glasses you might generally be using. Now the range for sports is expansive, and you are never too far away from a pair that is perfect for your particular needs.

Using glasses for sporting use that are not designed for the purpose can, and does frequently, lead to headaches and discomfort. We suggest you look to get a pair of tough-resistant sporting glasses. Oakley offers a good range that uses large lenses so that you have great visibility for those tough overhead tennis smashes. 

Always make sure that when you select the sporting glasses that you pay more attention to comfort than style. 

Glasses for Hiking

Though the idea of a hiking holiday scares us to death, we prefer to lounge by the pool (by the way, there is an ideal pair of glasses for this also). Some love to get some serious miles in during their hiking holiday. Glasses for hiking are a specific type that has improved a great deal in recent years.

The key elements to look for in hiking sunglasses include a good amount of anti-glare protection, durability for all that time outdoors, and additional kit such as a leash, as it’s likely you’ll have to take them off and on frequently. 

Once again, style should come second to function, but the range of options available in this niche is wide enough to offer you both. We’d recommend Smith Outliers for this task.

Glasses for the Beach

Now, when it comes to sunglasses for the beach, you can afford to be a little more focused on style than function. However, that doesn’t mean you should skimp when it comes to UV protection. 

In terms of style in your choice of sunglasses, you can elect for all manner of frames and lens types. We are particularly fond of tinted options at present, and you can always opt for retro Aviator style sunglasses for maximum style points. For whatever reason, these never go out of fashion.

Try to find a pair that has protection against scratches and damage caused by both sand and sun. Also, water-resistant is a good idea as you may occasionally forget you have them on when you take a dip in the pool or the ocean. 

Glasses for the Walk Around Town

If you are planning a city break that is more landmark viewing and nice coffees on street corners, then you can concentrate solely on picking a pair of sunglasses that oozes style and sophistication.

In this case, you should consider what frames suit your face type, we all have different face shapes, and those in the know have long since worked out what works best with each of them. Pick one accordingly.

You should still pick a pair that can survive being dropped on the floor a few too many times (that extra glass of chardonnay will do that to you), and also work out what color frames work best with your skin type.

This pair, as opposed to those referenced before, is all about making a statement. You don’t have to stick with the tried and tested pair of sunglasses you currently use. Invest in a new pair to help make your holiday even more unique. Consider it the start of a new adventure, and therefore be brave with your decision-making. Make a splash!

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With any luck, you might be able to find a pair, or two, of glasses that cover all your needs, and be sure to be prepared for any eventuality. Be ready for any direction your well-earned holiday takes you in!

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