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Wearing Maui Jim Sunglasses

3 Men and a Volvo

March 29, 2018

A long road trip from England to Malta.


1,871 Miles, 3 Men and a pair of Maui Jim

by Joshua Paget / for Eyewearthese.com / in Journeys

After purchasing a new car, what a better way to get it back home than a long drive with close friends. We adopted our own ‘Top Gear Challenge’ to get back to Malta with the car. The ferry and open road we’re our companions for two days.

Maui Jim Sunglasses on a Roadtrip | Maui Jim Sugar Beach on dashboard of Volvo in the queue for ferry | EyeWearThese

Maui Jim Sunglasses on a Roadtrip | Sitting in a Volvoon a ferry with Maui Jim Sunglasses | EyeWearThese

Typical British Weather

The car had been picked up, and the journey began. Full of excitement, anticipation and enthusiasm we were off! Not too long into the journey the heavens opened and here came the drizzle. It wouldn’t be visiting England without some rain now would it? We started without the Maui Jim Sugar Beach sunglasses to test the difference with and without. Even the dull conditions looked a bit cheerier through the lenses that provide a color enhancement, a neat little feature. The colors popped a little more than without and that helped on focusing on the road instead of the grey tarmac blending with the grey skies. Furthermore, when the sun did poke through the cloud, our driver for the first leg didn’t get blinded from the glare!

Maui Jim sunglasses on a Roadtrip | Waiting in a queue for the ferry | EyeWearThese

Maui Jim Sunglasses on a Roadtrip | Raining whilst driving a Volvo in England | EyeWearThese

Coming Round the Mountain

Once crossing the channel and traveling through France we hit the beautiful roads through the Swiss Alps. It is such a mesmeric experience to wind round the roads experiencing the juxtaposition of natural and man made features combining into a special a stretch of road. I only wish it was my leg to drive! Not only to be able to take the wheel and thrive from the adrenaline of driving the section, but also to have the sunglasses! The reflection of the sun from the snow on the mountains and peaks was intense. Luckily the driver had the Maui Jim’s on. He mentioned how much of a difference they made compared to his cheaper sunnies he usually has in his glove box. The brightness was nullified and that stopped him squinting and straining his eyes, allowing him to enjoy the road.

Maui Jim sunglasses on a road trip | Mountains through the window of Volvo | EyeWearThese

Maui Jim sunglasses on a Roadtrip | Mountain in the Alps open road | EyeWearThese

Maui Jim Sunglasses on a Roadtrip | Low Cloud through the Alps | EyeWearThese

Maui Jim Sunglasses on a Roadtrip | Sunride through on a roadtrip wearing Maui Jim sunglasses | EyeWearThese

Maui Jim on a Roadtrip | Maui Jim sunglasses with a bowl of spaghetti | EyeWearThese

Maui Jim Sunglasses on a Roadtrip | Many cars on the ferry traveling to Malta | EyeWearThese

Red Sky at Night

As our mammoth journey continued, the sun started to set. This was my leg of the journey and the Maui Jim’s came in a treat. As the sun set, the more it blasted it’s rays through the windscreen. Luckily my vision was unaffected and neither was my driving. It was lovely to be able to enjoy driving my new car in a beautiful sunset. I felt almost like a modern day cowboy riding into the sunset, but driving a car, not riding a horse. Usually I’d start feeling tired during the sunset because of my eyes having to work extra hard to focus. But, I felt fine, more comfortable and confident in driving a little longer.

Maui Jim on a Roadtrip | Red sky at night in a sunset | EyeWearThese

Maui Jim sunglasses on a Roadtrip | sunset from the front of a Volvo | EyeWearThese

Maui Jim Sunglasses on a roadtrip | House and the setting sun on side of the motorway | EyeWearThese

Sail Away

Nearly our last leg of our journey. One more ferry, then a tiny drive back on home soil. The short ferry from Italy to Malta is a nice one, normally I get really good seas to travel on, and this time was no different. The sun was just starting to rise and the excitement to finish our journey was growing. Usually I spend as little time as possible on the deck because I hate the glare from the sea, but armed with my Maui Jim Sugar Beach sunglasses I spent a lot of time looking out over the sea.

Maui Jim on a Roadtrip | Sun rising over the sea onboard of a ferry | EyeWearThese

Maui Jim Sunglasses on a Roadtrip | Leaving the Harbour on a ferry | EyeWearThese

Maui Jim Sunglasses on a Roadtrip | Selfie on a Ferry to Malta | EyeWearThese

Maui Jim Sunglasses on a Roadtrip | Boat on the water in Malta | EyeWearThese

Tunnel Vision

Alighting the ferry for the final step of this Journey and I thought I’d be ahead of the game, put on my sunglasses then when I got out in the open I’d not be ‘blinded by the light’. I did get laughed at by the others for wearing the sunglasses in the darker tunnel, but in fact, my vision was improved. Colors were lightened and the contrast was impeccable, I thought how great it would be when driving through tunnels on the road.

Maui Jim Sunglasses on a Roadtrip | Cars on the ferry on the approach to Malta | EyeWearThese

Maui Jim sunglasses on a Roadtrip | Driving through the tunnel of the Ferry | EyeWearThese

Maui Jim Sunglasses on a Roadtrip | Boats in the Harbour in Malta | EyeWearThese

Standing on the Beach in Malta after being on the Ferry | Maui Jim Sunglasses on a Roadtrip | EyeWearThese

Home sweet home

Finally, back on home soil and ready for the last little drive. All the driving and traveling had come to an end. I must say it was an experience that I quite enjoyed. Made easier with the Sugar Beach sunglasses from EyeWearThese I must admit. All three of us were in general consensus that using them as driving glasses are a great idea. The car and the sunglasses kept up with the changing conditions making the journey easier to enjoy. Even though I enjoyed it so much, I can’t see it being my usual route to England, I think I’ll stick to the plane.


Footnotes: Photographs – G. Scerri | Words – Joshua Paget

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