For those of you who have ever thought about dressing up on vacation; here you go. I booked a solo cruise and decided to bring some of my girl clothing along. I had everything I needed: a wig, shoes, makeup, and all the accessories.

The cruise was surprisingly only 40 present full. I got all dressed up, and at nine I decided to go out for an adventure. I hadn’t gotten very far when I came across three teenage girls, all around age 15 or so. I thought I looked pretty convincing, but after I passed them I could hear a lot of giggling. I hurried back to the room and sat there embarrassed.

I decided not to let it bother me and try again, going back out. I headed to one of the cocktail bars and found a seat in a corner. It was a little bit darker, so I felt I wouldn’t be as noticed. The waitress was amazing, she referred to me as Miss right from the start and didn’t even blink an eye. I guess they are used to serving some of us on their ships and they are trained in how to handle it.

It felt amazing, so I went outside for a nice long walk in the ocean breeze, in a really nice dress, and I felt amazing. The light breeze and the ship’s movement made the chiffon flow so nice. For one of the first times, I knew that dressing up was meant for me. There were only a few adults who took a quick glance at me and then looked away. One woman made a comment to her husband and the other couple. The others didn’t seem to care.

The following night, I decided to wear a little more feminine-style dress, more fancy. I didn’t hesitate and went out with confidence. I walked around for hours; my only regret was that I hadn’t asked the waitress to take my picture. On the third night, I met a woman and stayed in guy mode. In hindsight, I wished I stayed En Femme the entire time, as I had brought several other very lovely dresses and some new sexy shoes that I didn’t get a chance to wear.

I’m making plans for another vacation soon. As for my advice; I would say go for it. If you’re not in your neighborhood then why care who sees you!

Before I was married, I told my partner of my love for lingerie and pretty things. She said it was no big deal. After we got married it became a problem. We all know that we need to dress. So now, I go on vacations, and I am working up to going out in public more often. I believe it is healthier to be yourself. I hope this helps all of the girls who have doubts and fears.

Sophia

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    Steffi Randolph
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    18 days ago

    It was a cruise, and it sound like it was mostly great.  As for the teenage girls, pretend it’s a starship not a cruise ship.  “Shields up"  I’ve often though of phasors, but didn’t want to make a scene.  Something like, “This dress I’m wearing would look so cute on you.  Much better than the ratty jeans that are so in style."  But, I wouldn’t want to make a scene.

    Lynne Eden
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    Active Member
    18 days ago

    @sophiaklien75  It sounds like you had a really enjoyable cruise, Sophia and your dress in the photo is very pretty. I wouldn’t worry about the teenage girls as girls of that age are giggling all the time about one thing or another. I would say that teenage girls and teenagers in general are too wrapped up in their own world to really notice what the older generations are doing. I’m sure that I was the same at that age. The main thing is to do what you are doing, be yourself and enjoy your vacations. 
    Lynne 

    Kim Hanson
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    17 days ago

    @sophiaklien75 
    this sounds like a great work-around for the problem with your partner.   Maybe someday she’ll realized how much this means to you and decide to join you on a future vacation.   

    Eve Hicks
    Lady
    12 days ago
    Reply to  Sophia Klien

    I know that feeling, my Eve is a definite no for my wife so has to stay hidden from her unfortunately.
    Love your story and I have a similar one regarding a music festival I may share when if I feel comfortable opening up more 🤷‍♂️

    Carla Jonson
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    Member
    17 days ago

    What a great story Sophia. Another place we can go without feeling like we don’t belong is Disney World and especially June or when they have Dapper Days. I have gone dressed and it is such fun being out and about with thousands of people. 

    Terri
    Duchess
    Active Member
    16 days ago

    I have been going out enfemme on and off since 1979 or 80. Needless to say people’s attitudes towards us were very different. My attitude is I really don’t care what strangers think. If I get read it’s no big thing. I just enjoy the experience of being my true self.

    Terri
    Duchess
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    16 days ago
    Reply to  Sophia Klien

    Life is too short to worry about what strangers think. Thank you Sophia

    Chanel Dubois
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    16 days ago
    Reply to  Terri

    @Terri you are 100% correct….i remember many years ago how difficult it was. We were not accepted almost anywhere….

    Terri
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    16 days ago
    Reply to  Chanel Dubois

    @Chanel Dubois

    Terri
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    16 days ago
    Reply to  Chanel Dubois

    @chanel 
    I remember one time in a department store being followed by a security guard and calling the police. I left just as the police arrived. It was scary. 

    Kimmie TNLady
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    16 days ago

    @Sophia Klien Congratulations Sophia.  It is always good to get out as yourself.  Don’t give up on a female accepting you for who you are.  I’m sorry your wife changed her mind after marriage.  The same happened to me and my first wife.  I was in two long term relationships that didn’t work out and I told my current wife about the way I feel and she accepted it and now we go on trips together as a couple of girls having fun and seeing new places.   Sending y’all lots of love.

    cardigangirl
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    16 days ago

    This bit struck home “Before I was married, I told my partner of my love for lingerie and pretty things. She said it was no big deal. After we got married it became a problem. " In my case it wasn’t specifically lingerie, but same idea. I have wondered many times how it became a problem, I suppose theory and practice are two different things. Congratulations on being brave enough to holiday as a girl. I fantasize about the idea, but doubt it will ever happen.

    Rowena
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    15 days ago

    Thanks for sharing your trip…and courage to be who you wish to be. Doing something like you did is something I dream of, but circumstances keep that dream at a distance at this point. You go girl…you go girl!

    Erika King
    Lady
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    15 days ago

    While on vacation I never go out dressed bu I do bring a nighty to sleep in
    Erika

    Rhonda Lee
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    1 day ago
    Reply to  Sophia Klien

    I’m not as hooked on nighties as many, but my SO always packs one for me whenever I travel, with or without her, which I find adorable and loving, so I enjoy wearing them just because they were packed specially for my enjoyment. She puts one out on the bed for me every night at home. She does NOT like me to wear bras or panties to bed (preferably no bra ever) but I’m happy for whatever she is willing to offer. She knows I won’t give up on wearing bras during the day, as I feel they are essential,… Read more »

    Rhonda Lee
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    12 days ago

    @Sophia Klien Thanks for sharing! I have been on many crises as Rhonda, but none alone. I might find that difficult. My SO and I will be taking a cruise departing for Alaska from Vancouver late August, meeting up with about 10 other CDs and their wives/SOs, or some traveling alone but usually with a bunkmate. I have had great fun on the cruises.  I now leave home without any drab clothing, as there is no room or need for it. On one cruise I left the ship en drab for an excursion. I had a terrible time getting off,… Read more »

    Terri
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    12 days ago
    Reply to  Rhonda Lee

    I would love to go on that cruise! I don’t know if I will be able to. I’m in NY and it would be quite a trip. My wife would never go. If you can send me the info I would greatly appreciate it.

    Rhonda Lee
    Baroness
    Active Member
    11 days ago
    Reply to  Terri

    @terrim  I tried to send a link to the page where I advertised the cruise in a Pretty TGirls newsletter. That didn’t work. I’ll see if I can pull one out of my Tri-ess chapter’s newsletter. Failing that, I can just describe it. I live in NC so it is quite a distance for us also. Getting back is the hard part. You probably have an airport closer to you than I do. It takes me 2 hours to get to Charlotte. Allowing for getting there 2 hours before the flight, and the time it takes me to dress makes… Read more »

    Rhonda Lee
    Baroness
    Active Member
    2 days ago
    Reply to  Terri

    @terrim  Hopefully you got the info. I have not booked flights yet. But I did book a room in Victoria at the Inn on Laurel Point, which faces the water and has a terrace with chairs and furniture so you can relax and view the ocean. I discovered there are sea planes that leave from the port where the ship arrives, so am hoping to book a flight that will save me a few hours rather than take a ferry and still get a view of the channel as I cross. The ferry sounded more interesting than going to the… Read more »

    Lauren Mugnaia
    Duchess
    Active Member
    12 days ago
    Reply to  Rhonda Lee

    @Rhonda Lee Hi Rhonda, you’re going to be right here in my own stomping grounds!  I am a member of the archive group that meets monthly up at the University of Victoria. Lets try to get together girl!
    Hugs,
    Ms. Lauren M

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