Alex Block chats to The Idle Man

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We recently caught up with Russian travel blogger and photographer, Alex Block to hear his opinions on men's style, building your Instagram and more.

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We caught up with Russian travel blogger and photographer, Alex Block. Alex's passion for travel begun at an early age and has only become stronger in the years that followed. His wild stories and awe-inspiring photographs have earned him a strong following of readers, not only in his native Russia, but from all over the world.

Keep up to date with all of Alex's activities on Instagram | his blog

How’s your year been so far? Any major highlights?

I started this year with a big journey to Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Thailand. It was the long-planned dream journey. Now, after a few months, I understand that it was the experience not only of seeing the places, but also about seeing myself. About goals and how to achieve them.

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What song have you got on repeat at the moment?

Coincidence, but it's Coldplay – Adventure of a Lifetime.

What’s the most important thing about a guy’s style to you?

Style for me is much more about the way you behave, move and present yourself, the way you speak and think, the way you invest into yourself. Massive brands are doing a really great job in bringing affordable trends and fashion to the high street. You don’t need too much money to maintain your style and upgrade your wardrobe.

What fashion advice do you have for a man?

Think about your hairstyle and your face, invest in a good moisturiser and always be well rested. Also, don’t neglect personal shopper opportunities. Major shops offer this service for free without any obligations. A good personal shopper can help you to find new things that you never thought could fit you.

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What’s the one thing you never want to see a guy wearing?

I’m not conservative and try to accept anything as it is. But probably socks with sandals, not the best idea!

1 tip to grow your Instagram account

Keep a schedule and post regularly. Your Instagram friends will be pleased to see your great pictures at predictable time.

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Worst dating experience you’ve had?

A few years after graduating school, my teacher invited me for a date at KFC. It wasn’t that bad, but definitely weird. Never again!

Any major plans for the rest of 2015?

All major things are done so I simply want to celebrate and have a good time.

Who’s the most stylish man on the planet for you right now?

David Beckham and fashion blogger Adam Gallagher are both really good.

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What are your travel packing tips?

Never overpack, you will be fine with your basic wardrobe. Try to take familiar clothes which you are comfortable with, especially shoes. Think twice about taking high fashion and expensive clothes with you. A thin down vest (like Uniqlo) is very handy for different climate zones. A good sports shirt is very nice to use on flights or trains. Jeans are not always the best option.

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