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Carly Lockwood, Marketer at Remote Year

Carly Lockwood is a creator, marketer, and builder of both online and offline communities. As a marketing consultant for Remote Year, she definitely understands the need and love of travel more than the average bee. After two long years jaunting around the world (working remotely – this wasn’t just an Eat, Pray, Love moment!), Carly now resides in beautiful British Columbia. She is currently on the hunt to orchestrate a lifestyle that allows her to travel to the land of empanadas a few months out of the year and still keep her home base.

Follow Carly Lockwood on Instagram @carlylockwood

Off the top of your head- 3 favorite hotels, anywhere in the world. Go!

  1. The Fairmont Hotels! They are nostalgic for me as they remind me of cozy winter trips up to Lake Louise and Whistler.
  2. I know I have done something right if I am staying at any Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.
  3. On a local note, the Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino, BC. This oceanfront boutique hotel is the coziest damn place you will ever stay in. With floor to ceiling windows, you can watch the waves crash right onto the rocks below. Tip: go during storm watching season!

What hotel room design element can you not live without?

Air conditioning.

What is/are your favorite “douchey offices” while traveling?

I have spent quite a few weeks working from a hammock by the ocean! My friends at Remote Year started an IG account called @digitaldouchebag – you will see only the douchiest of places we have had the opportunity to work. 

You travel for work- a lot. How did you get into doing what you do? What advice would you give someone who wants to get into the travel industry, or have travel as a critical part of their job?

The demand for work flexibility is becoming more and more common. I would suggest applying the “remote” filters and reach out to startup and tech companies that are implementing these benefits. As for advice, the “on the road” lifestyle is not for everyone. Talk to people who are doing it and understand both the up and down sides of it.

What is your most used travel emoji?

The poop face

If you could swap suitcases with anyone in the world at baggage claim, who would you swap with?

GREAT QUESTION. Anyone with better style, clean clothes and probably and most importantly, a clean record really.

If you’re going to a new place, and your friends have not been there, what do you consult for advice?

I tend to go straight to the nearest cafe or bar for a beer (become a fast local). From there, you ask the barista, the bartender, meet new local friends, and really dive into the insider scoop on where to go and, more importantly, where the tourist traps are. Human-based referrals always lead to off the beaten path adventure.

Best Travel advice you’ve ever received, and from whom?

Before leaving on my epic journey, my step-dad advised that I act like a sponge: absorb every experience, interaction, smell, taste etc. On a more practical note, someone told me to travel with noise-canceling headphones and plane, bus and train rides have never been the same.

Anxiety and burn out are big topics these days. How do you combat them, and how do you use travel to do so?

Such an important question! Regardless of how my Instagram looks, I went through some long periods of anxiety and feeling depleted.  The upside is you get to face all the emotions, but with incredible views.

Listen to your body and build a workout, meditation or “me time” regime. It’s important to have a little bit of routine, especially when your environments are constantly changing. A few friends had remote therapists, which was extremely helpful to them.

Do you have any favorite travel hacks?

I am always the last person to board the plane. This may make people anxious as people tend to line up right away – even though we all have our assigned seats. I do this so I can scan the entire aircraft for any vacant rows to sprawl out in. If I see one, I simply take the window seat, buckle up and wait for take-off before I stretch my legs out across the row. I promise I am not an asshole!

Travel can be about the little luxuries…like a super amazing cup of coffee. Where was the best one you’ve had?

Vietnam has the best iced coffee. Hands down.

Beach or City or Mountain?

Where the mountain meets the ocean.

In-flight cocktail?

No. Hydration is very important. ( I can hear my mom smiling at this)

Window or Aisle?

Window – most underappreciated view!

Celine Bossart, Writer & Content Creator

Céline Bossart is a New York-based freelance writer and content creator in the spirits and luxury travel spaces. Her written work and photography have been published in BillboardHarper’s BazaarELLE DécorTown & CountryLiquor.com, and more. In her spare time, Céline enjoys traveling, smashing the patriarchy, sipping fortified wines, and nerding out over cocktail history (preferably all while wearing a silk bathrobe). Follow her adventures on Instagram via @celineb0ss

Off the top of your head: list 3 favorite hotels

  1. Rosewood Mayakoba on the Riviera Maya (because why wouldn’t you want to cruise around a lagoon to get to your sexy villa).
  2. The Ned in London (because it’s just pretty- on top of having excellent bar programs).
  3. El Palauet in Barcelona (because it’s super whimsical and brings together modern luxury and old world architecture).

What is the most unique hotel amenity you’ve ever encountered?

I once stayed at the W London and they had a gigantic mobile bar that you could order to your room (it was called Mega Bar — like minibar, but huge. Get it?). Anyway, they rolled it up to my room and made me a cocktail and it was pretty cool. The disco ball inside was a nice touch.

What hotel room design element can you not live without?

Pillow variety. There’s nothing worse than having 4 to 6 of the same damn pillow. Everyone has their preferences! I also enjoy a good USB port or universal outlet literally anywhere in a room. Those always come in handy if I happen to have forgotten adapters.

What is/are your favorite “douchey offices” while traveling?

I want to say the pool anywhere, but I’m a crotchety old grandmother type at heart and I can’t see my screen when it’s sunny, so that’s an issue. I love working at bars. The lobby bars at The Ned and the Blakes Hotel in London are awesome, and the bartenders are super friendly. Is that douchey? It’s the best I can come up with. Also, I’m a better writer after a cocktail or two.

What 3 songs are on your OOO playlist?

This one is hard because I listen to different stuff all the time depending on my music phase. My default is anything by The XX. But here are three specific songs I’m into right now:  Best Friend by Sofi Tukker, shedontknowbutsheknows by Tove Lo, and My My My! by Troye Sivan

Travel can be about the little luxuries…like a super amazing cup of coffee. Where was the best one you’ve had?

I will never forget my experience at Coutume in the 7th Arrondissement in Paris. They let me do a stage there as a coffee roaster for a few months, so that was pretty cool.

Anxiety and burn out are big topics these days. How do you combat them, and how do you use travel to do so? Any favorite hotels for this, specifically? 

I actually have Lyme disease and am in pain/exhausted literally all the time; I think it’s the little things that help me keep on keeping on. I carry around two sleep masks (one gel and one silk) for airplanes and other modes of transport. I also like to keep protein bars on me so that I don’t have to resort to eating quick and easy garbage. Currently, I’m hiking almost 200 miles along the Camino de Santiago, so I have a bunch of those in tow along with some plant-based protein from this brand that I really love, Truvani. In terms of using travel itself as a means of combating my fatigue or physical woes, I generally will take advantage of spas or hot tubs/steam rooms within my accommodations whenever I get the chance. I love a good massage or soak.

You travel a lot for work – what are your tips for making it as easy and relaxing as possible? Any favorite hotels to stay in that help accomplish this?

Never underestimate the power of self care. For me, this comes in little presents to myself that keep me looking forward to taking care of myself while on the road. Usually that’s new travel-sized beauty products either from Birchbox, duty free, samples I’ve been sent, whatever it may be; new baby moisturizer, a new shade of blush, a sugar scrub; it literally doesn’t matter. I just like the idea of cracking open a fun little treat after a long travel day. Travel-sized candles are great too and can instantly make a hotel room feel a bit more serene and cozy.

What’s your go-to outfit for getting through security quickly, and still looking good?

I have this awesome cashmere hoodie from Leimere; it’s soft and lightweight and layers easily. I’ll wear that under a leather jacket along with a big travel scarf that can double as a blanket (I always WITHOUT FAIL am freezing cold on airplanes). So you just throw the jacket and scarf on the belt and move on with your life. I also don’t care what anyone says or thinks about Uggs. I will travel in those until the day I die.

What is your most used travel emoji?

It’s not travel-related, but probably the black heart. It’s goth and minimalist and chic. (EDITOR’s NOTE: this is our @safaratravel favorite, too!).

If you could swap suitcases with anyone in the world at baggage claim, who would you swap with?

Victoria Beckham for obvious fashion reasons. She also probably smells great.

Who is your dream “co-pilot” (travel partner- dead or alive), and why?

My boyfriend. He’s the best human being to travel with and the greatest adventure partner ever; his shoulder is also very comfy to sleep on while in transit.

If you’re going to a new place, and your friends have not been there, what do you consult for advice?

I honestly just use Google Maps. I’ll search for whatever I’m in the mood for (e.g. coffee, cocktails, whatever it may be) and I’ll take however much time is necessary to narrow down the nearby options to what I determine to be the coolest. And then I go find out for myself (I have to say my intuition is usually pretty on point). I’ve found some really great places that way, and there’s a satisfaction in knowing that I chose it without the influence of anyone else’s opinion. Sometimes though if a hotel has a good concierge, I’ll chat with him or her to get a feel for what’s going on nearby in terms of restaurants and bars, et cetera. They’re always very dialed in (it’s their job, of course).

Best travel advise you’ve ever received, and from whom?

Probably my dad. He’s traveled for work his entire career and throughout my whole life, so I inherently believed growing up that life on the road was normal, and that rang true for me in my adult life. It’s certainly not for everyone but it’s definitely in my DNA (my parents actually met on an airplane). Anyway, his philosophy is that you just go — to him, it’s not really a question. And you make it a lifestyle.

What is your favorite travel book – for at home, or abroad- and why?

Shantaram. It’s 900+ pages, so it’s a commitment (and it’s heavy if you’re reading the physical book), but so worth it. I read it while backpacking alone for three months back in 2012 and it rocked my world.

What’s your favorite room service experience ever?

It’s gotta be the Mega Bar at the W London.

If you could quit your job and follow the “Mamma Mia” dream (ie open a small hotel in a foreign land or on a remote island), where would you do it?

Well, I’ve been very lucky in that my job itself is basically a travel movie moment constantly. But if I were able to just go rogue and open a place of my own wherever I wanted, I’d likely choose Marrakech or Istanbul. Those are two of my favorite places on earth.

Lost luggage, or lost phone? 

Luggage (get that $$$)

Airplane food- Y/N? 

Yes (if biz class)

Fantasy mini bar/fridge item? 

Bottled cocktail

Babba C Rivera, Founder of bybabba & Forbes 30 under 30

Babba C Rivera is the smart, successful woman who also happens to be gorgeous, abnormally stylish, AND nice AF. She’s an award-winning Brand Marketing Professional (Forbes 30 under 30), with experience working in fashion and tech in Stockholm, Berlin, and New York, and has been featured in publications like Vogue and The Coveteur.

Following launching tech unicorn Uber in Sweden, she moved to NYC to be their Head of Partnerships, and ran the company’s largest consumer partnerships with brands like Evian, Rag & Bone, and Lyst. She left Uber after 4+ years for a position as Director of Brand Marketing at a then-unknown luggage company called AWAY, and after she helped scale it to a household name she set out to found her own business- all before hitting 30.

Babba now works to merge the gap between the agency world and the uprise of fast-moving, direct-to-consumer brands with her company, bybabba – a next-gen Brand Marketing Agency, based in New York. She’s also a Board Member of game tech company Leo Vegas and cool girl accessories brand ATP Atelier. In her “spare time” (ha), she is a wife, the Co-Founder of women in business network HER USA, and dog Mama to the adorable @blue.official. Babba is Swedish and of Chilean descent, but has called NYC home since early 2015. Constantly on the road, we asked for her to take time to share her travel tips and tricks to help us all.

What hotel room design element can you not live without?

I cannot live without a good hotel bathrobe! Staying in hotels for me is a form of self-care and nothing feels more like self-care than coming home after a long day and putting on a cozy robe and a face mask.

What 3 songs are on your OOO playlist?

Only Love by Ben Howard, Riptide by Vance Joy and Slip by Elliot Moss.

Travel can be about the little luxuries…like a super amazing cup of coffee. Where was the best one you’ve had?

Café Fabrique in Stockholm, Sweden is a favorite spot of mine for a delicious coffee and cinnamon bun.

Anxiety and burnout are big topics these days. How do you combat them, and how do you use travel to do so?

I believe it is about taking advantage of those little moments you have during the day to really check in and recharge. I download meditation sessions on my phone via Headspace before takeoff and take the offline moment in-flight to focus on calming. I also have a full skincare routine during my flights! I use Verso’s hydration sheet masks, Vintner’s Daughter serum with a floral essence and the Tata Harper essential oil rollers for anti-stress.

You travel a lot for work – what are your tips for making it as easy and relaxing as possible? Any favorite hotels to stay in that help accomplish this?

I always try to stay in hotel rooms with a bathtub or really luxurious showers, nice robes and an amazing staff. Bank Hotel in Stockholm is definitely a new favorite for me- their staff is incredibly accommodating. Nobis Hotel in Copenhagen is another favorite. Both hotels have great bath amenities and a super helpful staff. On top of that, they both have great restaurants within the hotel which makes it easy (and so convenient) to host business meetings at the hotel, over breakfast or lunch.

What’s your go-to outfit for getting through security quickly, and still looking good?

I love sets! My go-to right now is the Rag Doll set, paired with furry Gucci slippers. The set is wool, so it keeps me warm but it is still breathable and the slippers are so easy when going through airport security.

What is your most used travel emoji?

👋

Who is your dream “co-pilot” (travel partner- dead or alive), and why?

Blue! She brings a source of zen to any destination.

Alone or with someone else?

Someone else.

In-flight wifi- good idea: yes or no?

No!!

Fantasy minibar/fridge item?

Kombucha and milk chocolate.

Favourite travel app?

Blinkist! The app summarizes books into condensed 25-minute podcast episodes.

Alexis Cuddyre, VP Brand & Creative at ADAY

Alexis runs brand + creative at ADAY, a direct-to-consumer brand creating consciously designed, versatile essentials that we love for while traveling as well as everyday. ADAY is setting a new standard for clothing by fusing minimal, season-less shapes with technical fabrics and a sustainable supply chain. Prior to this prime gig, Alexis was Creative Director at a global branding agency where she worked with brands like IKEAVodafone, and Diesel . She even managed time (how??) for a few side hustles, including Bespoky- an app she brought to beta with AllSaints – and OMG I’m Getting Married, her personal wedding blog turned mini business.

Alexis was born in LA, but spent the majority of her childhood abroad, including 10 years in Hong Kong, 3 years in Dublin and 3 years in Seoul – all before she went back to the states for university. She’s lived in London for 12 years now, making it the longest she’s ever been in one place… her heart still lives in Asia though 🙂 

Follow Alexis Cuddyre on Instagram @alexis.cuddyre

What is the most unique hotel amenity you’ve ever encountered?

On-site veggie patch at Tafika Safari Lodge in Zambia

What hotel room design element can you not live without?

I love a good bathtub tray. My husband planned a weekend away and the best part was walking into the bathroom and seeing the latest issue of Vogue on the rack. He didn’t get it 😉

What is/are your favorite “douchey offices” while traveling?

Rooftop bar at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, however, the humidity totally destroyed my laptop so not recommended. Karma? No, I would go for Hilton Head and working while watching the sun rise over the marsh with a cup of coffee in my HK mug.

You travel a LOT for work (you were between NYC and London for a while!) – what are your tips for making it as easy and relaxing as possible? Any favorite hotels to stay in that help accomplish this?

Carry-on only, and keeping duplicate wardrobe staples in both locations is a life saver. For about 2 years I spent enough time in New York and London to have a place in both cities, so I kept life staples in each flat – my core ADAY pieces, a pair of Nikes, Weleda face wash + cream – all made going “home”  simpler + lighter.

What’s your go-to outfit for getting through security quickly, and still looking good?

Without fail, my ADAY cooler days culottes and something borrowed shirt, worn open as a jacket, over our dream harder tank. Allbirds + an Everlane duffle are also mandatory for me….I’m a walking 100% millennial cliche, but hey 🙂 They’re all machine washable, wrinkle resistant, and super comfy.

What is your most used travel emoji?

 ➡️

Best travel advice you’ve ever received, and from whom?

Both Meg & Nina (ADAY co-founders) champion the “find a job you don’t need a holiday from” which has helped me approach life, work, travel, and space in a completely new way.

Anxiety and burn out are big topics these days. How do you combat them, and how do you use travel to do so? Any favorite hotels for this, specifically?

A recent visit to Zambia literally forced me not to check email (or Instagram) for 5 days because we were so remote that we didn’t have any service. It’s a bit extreme, but if that’s the only way you’ll shut off, I’d highly recommend it. Tafika Lodge runs amazing walking safaris and super minimal campgrounds which run entirely on solar panels, so when the lights go out, you literally have to go to sleep, or tell stories in the dark 🙂

I also still very much value the traditional holiday. Bleisure (or whatever people call it these days- ie “business” x “leisure”) is wonderful, but total time off is healthy, too. My friends and I have a group called #ShitsOnTheMove (yes), where 1 person every quarter plans a top-secret weekend away. The rules are simple = stick to the budget + no time off work, often carry-on only. The rest of us just show up at the train station ready for an adventure. (EDITOR’s NOTE: We LOVE this!! Stealing the idea…). I’m the type of person who gets as much pleasure out of planning a holiday as I do when I’m actually on it, but at the same time I sometimes have crazy expectations, and can’t ‘just let go’ and enjoy the moment. Having someone else take care of all the details means I don’t have to worry about anything + can just focus on spending time with friends.

Alone or with someone else?

Both.

Lost luggage, or lost phone?

Lost phone. Sounds lovely.

Fantasy minibar/fridge item?

Face mask.

Nicholas Campbell, Founder of Narcissus Arts

Nick Campbell started his company, Narcissus Arts, with the goal of making art more accessible for people he knew – the first time art buyers and art lovers in their 20s and 30s, who can afford to spend maybe a few grand or up to 10k, but who are typically ignored by an industry that seems to cater only to oligarchs and millionaires. Prior to founding his business, Nick gained experience in the Contemporary Art World in pretty big deal places like the Victoria MiroWhite Cube galleries in London, and Christie’s Auction House in New York. He also says sage stuff like, “I think art, at its best, provides viewers with a bit of escapism.” We couldn’t agree more, so we decided to ask him for some notes on some of his artful escapes.

Nick has been featured in publications like The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and the BBC amongst others (but also, on Safara!). He was chosen as the UK’s best art consultant under 35 by Spears Magazine in 2014, and on British GQ’s “Self Made List” as a top entrepreneur in 2017. He’s also a member of the ‘New 100 Club’, which is a collection of the top 100 young art collectors worldwide.  And there’s more- but it’s a lot. He’s a busy dude.

Nick was born and raised in London, but is constantly on the road – from San Francisco to Costa Rica to New Delhi and beyond, he’s been there, or is planning to go there asap…. Given his naturally curious mind and aesthetic eye from being in the Art World, we asked him to dish on his favorite hotels, where to sit on a cheap flight to Ibiza, Jude Law, and more. Read on!

Follow Nicholas Campbell on Instagram @nickcampbellna

What is the most unique hotel amenity you’ve ever encountered?

Personalized bicycles.

What hotel room design element can you not live without?

A bathtub.

What is/are your favorite “douchey offices” while traveling?

By the pool of the Setai, Miami. The rooftop of Soho House, Istanbul, the lobby of the Imperial in Delhi

Art being your main passion – what hotels have memorable art collections that are worth a peek, whether you’re staying there or not?

The Thief (Oslo), The Dolder Grand (Switzerland), Cavalieri (Rome)

If you could outfit any 3 hotels in the world with Narcissus Arts’ works, what would they be?

The new Peninsula that will open soon in London, the Four Seasons in Singapore and the Delano in Miami as it needs a facelift.

What’s your best tip for finding under the radar / unique galleries while traveling?

Contact me.

This is a work Nicholas has purchased for his clients – “Melvin Sokolsky’s iconic ‘Side Kick’ photograph from @peterfettermangallery

What is your most used travel emoji?

Smiley face with heart eyes.

If you could swap suitcases with anyone in the world at baggage claim, who would you swap with?

Jude Law.

Who is your dream “co-pilot” (travel partner- dead or alive), and why?

Richard Ayoade as his hatred of traveling would be endlessly amusing.

If you’re going to a new place, and your friends have not been there, what do you consult for advice?

Personally, my go-to is the Conde Nast Traveller ‘City Guide’. They never fail to be on point and up to date.

Best travel advice you’ve ever received, and from whom?

When going to Ibiza, always pay extra to sit at the very front of the plane.

Anxiety and burnout are big topics these days. How do you combat them, and how do you use travel to do so?

I’m lucky that I can fall asleep almost immediately when traveling, so I, in fact, tend to use the actual voyage as my downtime.   (EDITOR’S NOTE: this is pretty annoying, huh! That’s the one super power we’d love….to be able to sleep anywhere, any time;)).

This is the new Barcelona Beach House

Do you have any favorite travel hacks?

Always be polite and always give it a go, you’d be surprised at how many times you can get an upgrade, or at least get a better seat- just by being nice and asking.

Travel can be about the little luxuries…like a super amazing cup of coffee. Where was the best one you’ve had?

Costa Rica. Even on the side of the road, the coffee is excellent.

What is your favorite travel book – for at home, or abroad- and why?

Bill Bryson ‘Notes From a Small Island’. It’s an amusing read

What’s your favorite room service experience ever?

I’m a simple person, a free bottle of something, preferably in an ice bucket for when you arrive can never fail to impress.

If you could quit your job and follow the “Mamma Mia” dream (ie open a small hotel in a foreign land or on a remote island), where would you do it?

A Riad in Marrakech is the dream.

Alone or with someone else?

Alone

In-flight wifi- good idea?

No

Window or Aisle?

Window

Bryan Kinkade, Publisher at AFAR Media

Bryan’s career in digital media, marketing and advertising spans over 15 years working on some of the world’s most influential travel brands. Prior to joining AFAR, Bryan was the Travel Director at National Geographic Adventure, Sales Director at the New Yorker, and most recently had served as the Associate Publisher at Outside Magazine. Basically, he has lived the dream travel media career! Obviously we wanted to pick his impressive travel brain for his tips and tricks…

Though super busy being a big deal Publisher of a major global travel media company, Bryan also takes the time to be active in many philanthropic initiatives with organisations involved with conservation (specifically re: water), and sustainability. He has served on several boards including the Association for the Promotion of Tourism to Africa, Benefit Committee of the Africa Foundation, and GreenTeam USA. Bryan is back and forth between the big apple for work and Hastings-on-the-Hudson (where there are far more trees!) where he lives with his wife and 8 year old son.

Follow Bryan Kinkade on Instagram @bkinkade001

Name 3 hotels that you love.

Casa de las Olas, Tulum

Scribners Lodge, Catskills

Anvil Hotel, Jackson Hole

What is the most unique hotel amenity you’ve ever encountered?

The Amangani in Jackson Hole had a wonderful little wooden carved bison as a gift to all the kids that stayed there.  Such a small touch but one that my son still cherishes and we talk about 4 years on now.

What hotel room design element can you not live without?

Illy coffee maker in the room.

What are your favorite “douchey offices” while traveling?

Any porch or veranda looking over crystal clear waters.

Where would you go to digital detox or just generally to get off the grid?

Isla Holbox, Mexico (a car-free island north of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, between the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, that’s on a Nature Reserve) for a longer stay, or Phoenicia, NY for a quick weekend reboot.

What 3 songs are on your OOO playlist?

Bruce, Bruce, Bruce.  (EDITOR’S NOTE: he means “The Boss”….or Springsteen for the youngins;))

What is your most used travel emoji?

At work, eye roll dude. When traveling – sunglasses guy.

What do you always bring with you in your carry-on?

AFAR Magazine, a New Yorker, plus one random new mag picked up at the airport. I like to roll the dice.

Have you or would you travel alone?

YES! Solo travel breaks down barriers, local access opens up to you more, and conversations are initiated when you’re solo and not staring at a phone or at your travel buddy. 

If you’re going to a new place, and your friends have not been there, what do you consult for advice?

Very biased but honest answer – AFAR.com.  It might not cover everything there is to see in a place – but there’s always going to a be a local/secret gem that you wouldn’t find out about otherwise.

What’s your favorite room service experience ever?

&Beyond Ngala camp in Kruger – sipping on champagne and enjoying Namibian oysters while being visited by a mother elephant taking a drink out of our plunge pool.    (EDITOR’S NOTE: !!!!! Jealous).

Who is your dream “co-pilot” (travel partner- dead or alive), and why?

Robert Young Peloton.  The dude has talked his way out of kidnappings in Colombia, partied with militias in Somalia, and navigated his way through the world’s most dangerous places with an intrepid spirit and open mind. There are a lot of conflict zones and countries in flux I’d love to visit, but only with RYP as a co-pilot!

Anxiety and burn out are big topics these days. How do you combat them, and how do you use travel to do so?

Digital detox and traveling unplugged can absolutely change the way you look at the world, interact with your family and reflect on your priorities while traveling.  Whether for a long weekend or your next week+ trip, I’d so strongly encouraging everyone to #travelunplugged.

Do you have any tips or tricks for beating the dreaded jet lag?

Ambien.

What is your favorite travel book – for at home, or abroad- and why?

On holiday I’m a sucker for crime/spy/mystery paperbacks – usually the first one I see at the airport bookstore or left behind at the lodge/hotel etc where I’m staying.

What’s your go-to outfit for getting through security quickly, and still looking good?

Ever since Levi’s started adding some stretch to their jeans I can leave the sweats behind on red-eye flights and stay warm, comfy and hit the ground ready to go.

Rank the following, from most to least important to you, re: what you seek in a hotel experience:

Unique, comfortable, architecturally intriguing, close to things, dope minibar, has a pool, doesn’t break the bank, locals hang out there.

If you could quit your job and follow the “Mamma Mia” dream, where would you do it?  

Near a solid surf break in Latin America.

Rapid Fire Round:

Beach or City or Mountain?  Mountain

Alone or with someone else? With someone

In-flight wifi- good idea: yes or no? TERRIBLE idea.

Lost luggage, or lost phone? Phone.

Airplane food- Y/N?  Yes.

Fantasy minibar/fridge item? Local IPA.

Early check-in/ late check-out?  Early.

Favorite subscription service you’ll never delete?  Amazon.

In-flight cocktail –  Vodka.

Favorite travel app – Fishbrain.

Window or Aisle?  Window. Always.

Georgia Zeavin, Brand Consultant and Creative Producer

A California native, Georgia has been braving winters on the east coast for 10 years. After her most recent role as the Executive Producer at Lemonade Creative, she branched out on her own as a brand consultant and creative producer for a breadth of fashion and lifestyle clients in NYC. She’s worked with rad brands you may have heard of, like Goop, Virgin Atlantic, J.Crew, Negative Underwear, HBO, and more. Prior to producing, Georgia was a brand strategist at Horizon Media and curated national partnerships for Gilt Groupe.

Though her career as a “multi-hyphenate” has her working on everything from tablescapes to strategy plans, her true love is traveling with a pen and camera in hand. She is passionate about storytelling and story receiving equally, and finds that the best tales are told over a good plate of food in dim lighting.

Follow Georgia Zeavin on Instagram @georgia_cassidy

Off the top of your head- 3 favorite hotels, anywhere in the world. Go!

La Reserve de Beaulieu in France for the wildly overpriced club sandwich and the immaculate attention to detail. The Kamaroti Suites on Sifnos in Greece –  everything about the island was magic, including this boutique hotel. Ventana Big Sur: I am a California native and getting away to Big Sur was a family favorite for us. I haven’t been back in some time, but it’s such a special place.

Where would you go to digital detox, or just to generally get off the grid?

I just took a big trip to Peru. During my month down there, I trekked the Cañón del Colca. No cell phones, no wifi, just you and a truly breathtaking landscape. So far, that has been my favorite digital escape, but I have a few more “off the grid” places on my list for 2019!

Have you or would you ever travel alone?

Yes – I actually just did a big 6-week solo trip in South America this summer. I think if you are lucky enough to find the time, space, and means to travel for an elongated period of time alone – it’s incredible. The perspective you get from 30k feet, without the soundboards and the constant communication is invaluable. I’ll be writing a lot more on this topic soon!

What is your favorite travel book – for at home, or abroad?

Hemingway always reminds me of my Dad, who was my favorite travel partner, so A Moveable Feast would have to be one. Recently, I read Donna Tartt’s A Secret History while traveling between Shelter Island, CA, and NYC. I’m a little late to this one, but I am a huge fan of her writing and this book is definitely one you can get lost in during those hours in transit.

Travel can be about the little luxuries…like a super amazing cup of coffee. Where was the best one you’ve had?    

The best cup of coffee I ever had wasn’t at a luxurious coffee shop. I was staying at a bed and breakfast in Jardin, a small town in the coffee country in Colombia. Every morning, our host would make a beautiful breakfast spread and coffee. Usually, the best coffee that is grown in this region is exported, but that’s slowly changing. Our host made us a french press every morning with freshly grown coffee, most likely from less than a mile away, infused with anise, cinnamon, cardamom, thyme, and panela. I have yet to taste anything like it!

What do you always bring with you in your carry-on?    

First and foremost: dark chocolate. I am a chocolate addict so I need it on me at all times. EO Hand Sanitizer, three different chapsticks, my journal, Andalou Naturals Micellar Facial Wipes, one of four books I’m reading, and usually Porta 400 film and my Olympus Stylus Epic.

If you could quit your job and follow the “Mamma Mia” dream (ie open a small hotel in a foreign land or on a remote island), where would you do it?    

This is a really hard one. I have about six places that come to mind… but I might have to say Portugal.

What’s your go-to outfit for getting through security quickly, and still looking good?    

For me, comfort is a huge priority. I can’t get on a plane in jeans. I usually go the athleisure route, and today it’s easy to feel put together and comfortable with brands like Outdoor Voices, LNDR, and Nagnata. Most of the time I’m in black on black, wearing leggings with whatever Nike sneakers I’m feeling, a cropped tank, and a Uniqlo zip-up. I get super cold on planes so I usually have a pullover handy as well.

In-flight Wifi? No

Window or aisle? Window

Early check-in/late checkout? Late checkout!

Lost luggage or lost phone? Depends on what is in my luggage…

Alice MacKinnon, Plant-Based Chef

Alice is a plant-based chef, cooking teacher, and product consultant living in London. After heading to culinary school at the age of 21, Alice went on to work with the Jamie Oliver group in London, before consulting with some of the UK’s best-known food brands. In 2015, Alice headed to Los Angeles to deepen her love for plant-based foods, where she taught and learned under Matthew Kenney.  Alice can make raw, vegan desserts that taste wonderful- and can make anyone laugh over a glass of wine or two. So we decided to ask her for a few tips on how to stay well while traveling- if not every day. Read on for her wisdom:

Follow Alice MacKinnon on Instagram @alicemackinnon1985

DIY plant dies while cooking in LA

What supplements/ vitamins etc do you travel with that are lifesavers?

Magnesium, for restful sleep + relaxed muscles post-flight.

Essential oils for the flight – I love DeMamiel Altitude Oil, it smells amazing and completely alleviates stress.

Good quality probiotics. 

What’s the best TSA-approved airplane snack?

An avocado. You can grab a sachet of salt and pepper from any airport now, and its filling.

Where would you go to digital detox, or just generally to get off the grid?

To Norfolk, England, where my family has a home (there’s limited WiFi and it’s extremely peaceful) – just being there is a tonic! Or I’d do Panchakarma (an Ayurvedic therapy) in India, but that’s more of a commitment…

One of Alice’s favourite restaurants in LA, try Shima in Venice, and definitely order the spiced ginko nuts!

Have you or would you ever travel alone?

Absolutely. I love traveling alone. I like doing whatever I want without having to discuss the details!

Best Travel advise you’ve ever received?

Food wise, if there’s a more expensive restaurant on your list but dinner isn’t an option, try going for lunch. There are often lunch specials that tend to be cheaper, and if you go mid-week it’s quieter, too.

Also – ALWAYS pack earplugs and an eye mask. Game changers. 

Do you have any tips or tricks for beating the dreaded jet lag?

Don’t eat on the plane. Just drink A TON of water, more than you think you need. It really works. Eat before or after the flight. 

Alice’s healthy “nut pulp” cookies (made from leftover homemade nut milks) are a treat for the eyes, as well as the taste buds)

Travel can be about the little luxuries…like a super amazing cup of coffee. Where was the best one you’ve had?

In Tanzania, at Nomad– a moving safari camp. Every morning they bought fresh coffee and fresh shortbread to your room. It sounds small – but I still dream about that shortbread. The camp had no electricity, but you barely noticed because the attention to detail was extraordinary.

What’s your go-to outfit for getting through security quickly, and still looking good?

I wear the same thing for every flight! Vince slip-ons, Lululemon pants, and a cozy sweater. I always have a big scarf because I am usually cold.

In-flight wifi – good idea? NO. Enjoy the offline time.  

Airplane food? NOOOOOOO.

Window or Aisle? AISLE! So you can get up to walk around, and go pee after all that water you’re drinking.

Cha-Cha Matcha in NYC is one of Alice’s favorite pit stops for a caffeinated pick me up- or a soft serve matcha swirl

Ted Gushue, Photographer and Digital Strategy Consultant

Ted Gushue is a Digital Strategy consultant and Photographer living in London and working around the world for brands like Porsche. But he’s also like the cat who has nine lives…except he isn’t a cat, and he’d probably hate that we just wrote that. Ted is your (above) average ex-New Yorker multi-hyphenate – he had his hand at successful DJ-ing and wrote for The Observer, worked in marketing at Grandlife Hotels (which owns The Roxy, amongst others), and then become the Editor in Chief of Supercompressor and later moved to LA to be Editor of Petrolicious– one of the world’s most popular classic car websites (2MM unique visitors a month!)….all before even turning 30. Ted is a trained photographer, writer, and editor, and has shot for publications like Architectural Digest.  He loves Aperol spritzes, traveling by the seat of his pants (200k miles last year would be a conservative estimate!), Slim Aarons, a great blue suit, and of course his Leica. His favorite car is a Porsche 911 S built in 1976.

Follow Ted Gushue on Instagram @tedgushue

What is the most unique hotel amenity you’ve ever encountered?

The Peninsula Hong Kong will embroider your initials on your pillow cases – one of the coolest things I’ve ever come across.

What hotel room design element can you not live without?

I like being able to have my shoes polished when I leave them outside the door at night before bed. It’s a small thing that really makes my day. 

What is/are your favorite “douchey offices” while traveling?

My whole life is one long string of lustworthy offices. Today I’m working from a houseboat on the Thames river just off of Chelsea embankement. Yes I am listening to Yacht Rock on Sonos. 

You travel for work- a LOT. How did you get into doing what you do?

I built and ran a few magazines while living in New York which lead to me having to hire a lot of people to do things that I wanted to do. Like go to events around the world and document them from the inside. Picking up my camera again in 2015 really changed the course of my life. It allowed me the freedom to tell a story from end to end. To not just be the writer, but also the photographer and the editor and the publisher – all in one.

What advice would you give someone who wants to get into the travel industry, or have travel as a critical part of their job?

If you are waiting for a dream company that will give you a $200k annual travel budget, you’re not going to find it. You can however train your work environment to let you work from where you need to be happy. I’m happy on the road, but you might be happy working from Barbados while your company is based in Boston. Depending on the nature of your work, there may be a way that you can do that same job while filling in the gaps with your own pocket money.

What 3 songs are on your OOO playlist?

Here’s my Spotify playlist that I keep most updated and listen to every day. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Seriously follow this! Ted was a professional DJ in NYC in a past life…and has the best & most eclectic taste in music).

What is your most used travel emoji?

The Crying laughing emoji, because sometimes my life is so hard to believe (even for myself) that I just have to laugh.

If you could swap suitcases with anyone in the world at baggage claim, who would you swap with?

Photographer Peter Beard.

Who is your dream “co-pilot” (travel partner- dead or alive), and why?

Haven’t met them yet. Traveling alone is bliss. No waiting.

If you’re going to a new place, and your friends have not been there, what do you consult for advice?

I’m quite lucky that I have a really engaged group of people that believe in the work that I’m doing, or at least are fans of what I share on instagram. If I’m in a new place (Bangkok for instance, where I did this interview for you!) I will take a photo of a landmark, and say I’m new in town and want to know whats up. 10/10 times it results in someone fascinating reaching out and meeting up with me for a beer. The world is much smaller than it seems, and the chances that you know someone who knows someone who has been to the little town you’re currently visiting is higher than you think.

Best Travel advise you’ve ever received, and from whom?

“Buy the ticket.” – Justin Shaffer

Anxiety and burn out are big topics these days. How do you combat them, and how do you use travel to do so?

Nothing cures a bad hangover like getting on a plane and fleeing the country, or even better – the continent. 

Do you have any favorite travel hacks (ways to score an upgrade, methods of getting your meal first on a flight, etc)?

Bank your points with one airline alliance. I keep Exec Platinum status with American which lets me use the 1st class BA lounge at Heathrow.

(EDITOR’s NOTE: go to waitlist.safara.travel and sign up for our waitlist – then you can access the best loyalty for boutique hotels, too!).

Travel can be about the little luxuries…like a super amazing cup of coffee. Where was the best one you’ve had?

Sightglass Coffee in San Francisco.

What is your favorite travel book – for at home, or abroad- and why?

Everything that Slim Aarons has done. He inspires a lot of my work.

What’s your favorite room service experience ever?

I once had my sunglasses removed from my backpack in my bedroom at the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St Moritz Switzerland and brought down to the outdoor bar where I was eating steak tartare and it had become too sunny. Never before had a hotel offered me that level of service.

If you could quit your job and follow the “Mamma Mia” dream (ie open a small hotel in a foreign land or on a remote island), where would you do it?

Italy, Porto Ercole to be specific. 

Beach or City or Mountain? 

Mountain – I’m the global ambassador to St Moritz so I think I have to say this?

Alone or with someone else? Alone

In flight wifi- good idea: yes or no? No

Lost luggage, or lost phone? Luggage

Airplane food- Y/N? Sure

Fantasy mini bar/fridge item? Sparkling Water

Early check-in/ late check-out? Both

Favourite subscription service you’ll never delete? (ex: netflix/spotify) All of it

In flight cocktail – Y/N? What kind? Bloody Mary

Favourite travel app? Priority Pass lounge app 

Window or Aisle? Window

Negar Mohammadi, Director of Brand Marketing at Vogue

As the Head of Editorial Partnerships and Brand Marketing at Vogue, Negar oversees all aspects of the magazine’s promotion – from the September Issue to collaborations with rad brands like Nike and Comme de Garcons.  She has lived in downtown Manhattan for the past 14 years, and is grateful for her Chicago roots and Persian values in keeping her grounded and kind. Surfing, family, and friends are her top three favorite things, and she balances her busy career with regular (& sometimes rogue!) surf trips with her best friends.

Follow Negar Mohammadi on Instagram @negarmoh

Name 3 favorite hotels off the top of your head!

The Edition Hotel in Miami, Hotel Costes in Paris, and Le Sireneuse in Positano.

Where would you go to digital detox, or just generally to get off the grid?

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Everything you need is there (surf, delicious food) and the best friends you’ll make are in the water where there is no wi-fi.

What 3 songs are on your OOO playlist?

Gypsy by Fleet Wood Mac, Night Moves by Bob Segar, Wild Thoughts by Rihanna and DJ Khalid.

What is your most used travel emoji?    

Surfing girl emoji. 

What do you always bring with you in your carry-on?

Silk eye mask by Slip. Doesn’t matter where you’re staying, once you shut your eyes – you feel like you’re sleeping in luxury.

If you could swap suitcases with anyone in the world at baggage claim, who would you swap with?

Kim Kardashian — Wait, actually Kourtney. I’m closer to her size.

Have you or would you travel alone?

In a world where you’re always on someone else’s schedule, nothing is more luxurious than having the freedom to do what you want, when you want.

If you’re going to a new place, and your friends have not been there, what do you consult for advice?

Instagram!

What’s your favorite room service experience ever?    

French fries at the Hotel Martinez in Cannes — they arrive in the most elegant silver bucket. The presentation pretty much negates all calories.

Best Travel advise you’ve ever received, and from whom?

From Maya (Co-Founder of Safara!) – she encouraged me to travel alone with an open mind and agenda, letting the universe surprise me with its magic.

Anxiety and burnout are big topics these days. How do you combat them, and how do you use travel to do so?    

I make sure to have a trip planned every 6 weeks (hoping to make it once a month). The excitement and anticipation are enough to light me up and help push me through anything. The moment I get on a flight or arrive somewhere new, I feel an immediate wave of happiness that washes away any anxiety or feelings of burnout.

Do you have any tips or tricks for beating the dreaded jet lag?    

Instead of napping when I land, I move my body any way I can – be it a run, or even a set of jumping jacks and other 80s aerobics moves in whatever space I have. Otherwise, I drink tons of water and do anything it takes to get on the local schedule.

Travel can be about the little luxuries…like a super amazing cup of coffee. Where was the best one you’ve had?    

Double espresso from Cala di Volpe in Sardinia. Served with a perfect square of gianduja chocolate.

What’s your go-to outfit for getting through security quickly, and still looking good?    

Black skinny L’Agence jeans, black James Perse v-neck, Common Projects pink sneakers with a big black cashmere sweater – as I’m always freezing on flights. The L’agence jeans have so much stretch in them, they feel like yoga pants.

Rank the following, from most to least important to you, re: what you seek in a hotel experience: unique, comfortable, architecturally intriguing, close to things, dope minibar, has a pool, doesn’t break the bank, locals hang out there.

1. close to things since I love being able to explore on foot, 2. comfortable, 3. unique, 4. locals hang there, 5. architecturally intriguing, 6. pool, 7. minibar, 8. doesn’t break the bank

Beach or City or Mountain? Beach!

Airplane food- Y/N? Hard NO. I always bring snacks

Early check-in/ late check-out? Late check-out – insurance for whatever the night before has brought you!

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