Traveling Beauty

by Rachel Ashwell

Gypsy at heart but a homebody in my soul...

Regardless of my life long fear of flying, I moved 6,000 miles from my English roots a forever ago, and strategically placed my stores across the county, causing me to be a reluctant member of the "jet set" club.

In truth, I am a fearful flyer.  I have a specific routine and requirements of travel.  Not so much diva, but hi-maintenance.  I rarely fly at night and never take off in a storm.  I must have a window seat.  I usually interview the pilot before we take off to ask about the conditions of flying for the route ahead.  I have been known to abandon a flight if I don't get good feelings from the pilot.  I'm quite exhausting to travel with, although I say very little as I am super busy listening to the engines and looking out the window for oncoming planes.

I only book a hotel where the room can be accessed by stairs, as I am completely afraid of elevators too. Because of the cumbersomeness of my travel, I keep my travel baggage to the minimum, so I  can change plans as needed depending on my fears.  I pack lightly so that I can keep my bags on the plane, in case a quick getaway if needed.  For me, our RASCCouture travel bag is the perfect solution. Big enough to pack a lot, but not too big or heavy to lift into the luggage hold… and it’s so pretty too. Every season I design a new one, I have quite the collection and I appreciate the distraction of beauty, while I journey the world, in trepidation.

5 Things I Can't Travel Without:

  1. 1.Blue jeans
  2. 2. Leather jacket
  3. 3. Cowboy boots
  4. 4. Music
  5. 5. A top with glitter for an emergency fancy evening



  • Thank you for sharing with this fellow homebody how you traverse this world! I appreciate the special care you give yourself. I love the Rosey Bouquet duvet. It is absolutely gorgeous! The matching weekender is a must-have for me. A bag this beautiful is certain to calm my nerves whilst away from home.

    Stacy - Sweet Life Farm on

  • I just love you, you make me laugh with your flight itinerary stuff! I am a big fan of you, have been since you first started, the shabby shic makes my world a happy place! Thank you for you and all the inspiration! XO oh and I will be getting my new bag????

    Victoria on

  • Hi Rachel! This bag is so lovely!
    I am moved by your transparency and I applaud you
    for actually flying! I too have fear of flying and at this point cant say Id ever fly.
    I too have had many fears and still have some although I am continually learning to put my trust in Him… every area of my life.
    I am blessed by the beauty that you see and share with us.
    Thank you sweet Rachel for giving and blessing my life

    In His love,

    Deborah on

  • I feel your pain my darling ! I like to be in control of my traveling whereabouts and flying I am not. I Pray and if I get a funky feeling I will abandon as well. I do not travel a lot due to this issue. I did fly off to Texas just so I could make a trip to The Prairie and Magnolia Market.
    I have many of your bags and use them for my beach retreat weekends. You are a kindred Soul as my favs are jeans, cowboy boots, leather and silver jewelry.
    Thank you for the most recent sale !!! Happy Traveling’s to You and Many Blessings xoxo

    KMArie on

  • I feel like I could have written this blog, word for word! There are those of us who have a very true understanding of your fears. Thank you for your sharing your lovely creativity…I have a deep appreciation for all of your designs and products. This bag being one of them.


    Bonnie on

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