Must admit I always thought travel umbrellas a waste of space. Take a lightweight raincoat, I thought, and in Asia you can buy umbrellas cheap if you need one. Then, 2 weeks ago in Bangkok I got caught in a downpour on my way back to the hotel. I sheltered in a bar for a while but then made a run for it and got what can only be said as… very damp.
So for my visit to China this week I took a Sea to Summit Trekking Umbrella. I went walking along the Great Wall very early in the morning before anybody else was about and rain and mist rolled around me…. Magic Experience!
The umbrella worked a treat. We had climbed heaps of steps in high humidity and I would have otherwise cooked in a raincoat!