If you have a beard you are probably already aware that there are pros and cons of sporting a beard whilst travelling.
To keep your beard looking its best it is best to invest in a beard trimmer. This will allow you to keep your beard neat and trimmed with the minimum of hassle, although you may need to take a travel plug adapter if you are planning to travel abroad. Beard trimmers can be light and portable and you can minimise which attachments you pack to help keep your luggage lighter.
Having a beard can help to cover up areas of skin which might have blemishes such as acne or scars. A beard can add a level of gravity and maturity to your appearance and is very fashionable, providing you with a hip look with the minimal of fuss, just think of all the current celebrities who now have a beard. No more razor burn from the daily routine of shaving, with all the associated moisturisers etc you need to keep your skin in good condition. If you are travelling to a cold region your beard can also add a level of protection from the cold, helping to keep you warm.
Having a beard can cause a few problems though, when you are first growing it it can be an incredibly itchy experience. The initial few days of growth can end up making you feel scruffy, whilst you are waiting for your beard to take shape. Another thing to consider is that if you had your passport photo taken whilst clean shaven, you may have difficulty whilst passing through customs. A beard can also make you feel too hot if travelling to sunnier climates, and you need to be aware whilst eating that residuals of food may get caught in your beard-never a good look!
If the above points are enough to put you off sporting a beard you may need to consider a lightweight portable shaver to take on your travels. But the ultimate reason for having or not having a beard is personal preference.