I’m Australian born and bred so it’s hard not to mention that here. We head back as a family once a year. Last year we visited the Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs (Colonel Rose Dr, Kilgariff NT 0873, Australia; +61 8 8965 0038) and it was literally the experience of a lifetime. As I described to friends, it is like having liquid Prozac poured onto you — pure happiness! Despite my begging to adopt one (!), I was advised that a joey kangaroo can grow quite rapidly and won’t adapt well to life in a NYC apt.
When traveling with a little one, it’s so helpful to have a few hacks. I am a huge believer in packing cubes which keep everything organized and tidy. We share one giant bag for the whole family as opposed to individual pieces. I travel as light as possible with Olympia, calling ahead to see what I can borrow from friends, what the hotels have to offer, etc. I think adaptability is so important, and part of the fun of travel is experiencing different ways of doing things; different foods, different sleeping arrangements.
Travel also helps to inspire new collections. Last year, we drove through Sri Lanka in a tuk-tuk that had the best view of the country from an open air back seat with my 4yr, 2yr and 3-month-old baby in my arms. I was inspired to create the Botanist collection, depicting all the gorgeous flora and fauna that we saw.
No matter where I go, I always have to bring my pink Away suitcase. I’m notorious for overpacking (aren’t we all) and I’m always shocked at how much it expands to fit my clothes plus anything I decide to come home with from my trip.
Since I hate checking luggage, I try to only go carry-on. But just in case, my favorite bag is lightweight but has a hard shell , so if I have to end up checking it — say I give in and buy olive oil in Umbria or a bottle of Amaro in Rome — I won’t worry about it breaking in transit.
Upon arrival in my hotel, I like to spray the pillows with the Tata Harper spray and take a hot bath to help with jet lag. A few drops of bergamot and lavender essential oils in the tub helps me to feel centered.
Because I travel frequently, I try to travel really light and bring an extra bag in my suitcase in case I want to bring home a few things. My Away suitcase is my main bag whether my trip is a few days or a couple weeks and it has a built in charger.
I’ve tried all methods of packing – what works best for me is the roll-and-shove method. Everything comes out wrinkled no matter how careful you are, so it’s usually just best to take the scorched earth approach of making it fit however you can.
There are things from our trip to India that will stay with me forever, like visiting the Taj Mahal early in the morning, rowing up to the floating Lake Palace Hotel (Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India; +91 294 242 8800) in Udaipur by boat, walking around the incredible markets in Bombay, partying with the Queen of Jaipur in her palace on New Year’s Eve, and soaking in all of the strange new sights, sounds and foods. I’m aching to go back.
Next on my bucket list is Paris. I feel like this would be a wonderful 30th Birthday treat. I rarely ever splurge on myself and what better way to break out of my comfort zone than to book a solo trip to Paris.
My parents made travel a priority from day one. We spent every summer and holiday vacation exploring new places. We traveled all over eastern Europe, the British Virgin Islands, France, Italy, Canada and beyond.
Last year I made a list of places I wanted to travel to within the next few years, and I ended up crossing so many off that list that it was one of the most exhilarating travel years I have had to date.
We are starting to plan a little bit of travel for 2019 and I am pushing for Amangiri (1 Kayenta Road, Canyon Point, UT; +1 435 675 3999), the resort at the Arizona/Utah border that looks insane; Amalfi Coast; and Goldeneye in Jamaica (Race Course, Oracabessa, Jamaica; +1 876 622 9009). I love sunshine.
Some of my favorite spots are closer to home. I love traveling down to Palmetto Bluff (19 Village Park Square Bluffton, SC; +1 866 706 6565) in South Carolina. It’s where my husband and I got married and we still go down with family a couple times a year to unwind.
Travel is a huge part of my life and feeds my energy and inspiration. From Bali to Morocco to India to Sedona to Tulum to Aspen and more, I’m always drawn to bohemian, exotic, spiritual and colorful places.
My elderly Chinese Crested dog, Blanket, is an emotional support animal and Delta is ultra-accommodating. If I’m lucky, Blanket scores her own seat. I love to write on a plane so this works out nicely.
The Local Foreigner does an outstanding job picking out the most curated and niche destinations around the world. For our honeymoon, they sent us to Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island in Australia, which was such a cool introduction to the country (we sipped bevvies with kangaroos, so double win).
Go and trek with my women in Nepal, USA Coast to Coast (I recommend you do it on your motorbike). Stay in tents and truck stops. Take some mace and a knife (learn how to use it). Pack last minute and pack no more than two of everything.
I’m one of those people who stresses out a lot when traveling so I like to be extra organized: I keep my passport, greencard and boarding pass in a cute little Saks Potts pouch, and always make sure I include a comfy hoodie, my headphones and my precious inflatable foot rest in my carry on (it’s a life saver if you travel in economy class).
I am the founder of the travel website Fathom, which means I spend most of my waking hours thinking about travel. Fathom celebrates everything indie and boutique — hotels, destinations, restaurant, artisans — which is what I’m naturally drawn to.
I love traveling with my Louis Vuitton classic duffle that I got as a birthday present last year. I feel as though it’s so classic and has this traditional charm, that when I use it, it makes me feel like I could be really jetting off anywhere.
I grew up traveling and I still love to travel. Sometimes for business, since we have stores in Toronto and soon in NY, but also my family is in France and in the UK, and my wife is from Mexico. I’ve learned to travel very light, but with 2 kids under 3 years old, it’s almost impossible.
Now, everything is on my phone and I hate it. I want to hold something in my hands, and what if the Cloud just disappears someday? So, I started collecting and organizing the Instax pictures from each trip into framed collages. Each time we go on a trip, a new collage goes up.
I’m a sucker for compartments and realized that the best bags for me happen to be diaper bags. I may not be a mom yet, but I love how many pockets they have and there are some seriously stylish ones out there.
This is my family friendship bracelet that I originally bought in Capri on a trip long, long ago, i.e. before I had kids or a husband, but now we all wear it. Fun fact: it inspired the entire rainbow collection in The Last Line.
The feel of your favorite city along with the meals you had there, the shops you loved, the museums that stopped you in your tracks, the travel accessories you can’t live without — this is what I love about travel.
I always carry my laptop, phone, chargers, a magazine or two to finally catch up since I don't have much time for that usually, our perfume that we launched last year Savage Rose - it's a perfect small roll-on that you can take everywhere to freshen up, my sunglasses, and some snacks — especially bubblegum and candy on flights —can never have enough!
I keep photos and postcards on a board in my office, as well as the media passes and invitations I've received while traveling for fashion weeks all over the world. Looking at it keeps me inspired and connected to all of the amazing work and travel I've been so fortunate to do so far.
I always bring a vibrator when I travel. My favorite is The Womanizer: the best vibrator hands down. It uses a suction cup instead of vibrating pulses, so it doesn't de-sensitize your clitoris. This allows for a higher chance of orgasm or multiple orgasm ;).
The Amangiri in Utah is beyond anywhere I've ever stayed. An unforgettable vacation, full of the most minimal, yet chic design, and zen-ness everywhere you look. Of course I also brought my camera along to photograph the beautiful scenery.
The best way to learn and grow as an individual is to be in a new or uncomfortable place or experience. I believe that taking yourself out of your day-to-day to experience the vast differences around us generate knowledge, awareness and a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
I lived in Tel Aviv for a few years and it is the most incredible place in the world. There are people everywhere at all hours (like NYC) but they’re friendly and relaxed (not like NYC) all the time. The food is amazing, the beach is amazing, the culture is amazing, what else do you need?
A long weekend at The Whitby in a junior terrace suite designed by Kit Kemp is heaven. LMD creates all the flowerscapes for both The Whitby and The Crosby Street Hotel. Sometimes a staycation is all you need to recharge your battery.
The colors in old town and Getsemani will hit you immediately. The magic of the city is intoxicating, and it definitely cast its spell on me the very first day. You will take a billion photos and all will be amazing.
The Beverly Hills Hotel is my favorite hotel in the world. It’s where I go to relax, clear my mind and spend a night when I need a staycation. PLAYLIST. also has an incredible partnership with the BHH where we collaborate on monthly programming.
Okay, so I travel a LOT. Last year, I logged over 100,000 miles and this year, my 6-month-old son, Brooks, has already traveled with me to 10 different states! Next up, I'm taking him with me to Barcelona in August when I head out to get Shakira ready for tour.
One of my favorite experiences was backpacking through Thailand and Bolivia — seriously amazing experiences (don't miss swimming with sharks in Thailand. Scary? Yes. But so worth it). Since I had to carry everything on my back,
I have started staying at the same hotel every time I visit New York City, which has let me get to know the neighborhood and make me feel more at home. Plus, the restaurant in the hotel, Maialino, is amazing (and also does their room service which is a great perk).
I grew up with a steady diet of stories and photos of my great aunts and great grandmother traveling to all these crazy places before it was really done. In many ways I believe that I am living in the wrong time for travel, (though the right time for women), as I long to be back in an age where you had elegant trunks and went by train in an amazing outfit.
I stayed at Hotel Casa San Agustin. It’s a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the old town that manages to preserve the authentic Colombian style; while seamlessly incorporating contemporary details. There’s a large courtyard in the center of the charming hotel, surrounded by palm trees which makes it very peaceful. Overall, it was a comfortable, luxurious, and elegant stay.
I grew up in Tel Aviv so going to Israel is important to me, especially since my parents immigrated to the United States. One new favorite boutique hotel is The Norman. It's a combo of two restored 1920's buildings which captures the timeless elegance of the era.
The area is filled with artists and young kids, and Its also the one place where the Israelis and Palestinians live side by side and eat at the same spots and it just feels so good. In my dream world, I would rent a little apartment there and go back every year with the whole crew.
I try to spend as much time as I can with my husband and children in Phuket on our boat. We have discovered some beautiful small deserted white beaches going down to Malaysia. The water is turquoise blue and the weather is always warm.
We spent our winter break in Iceland and I'm hard at work on my Select City Guide, but due to the lure of my couch and the 300 bottles of wine i drank over the break, It's not quire ready So while I really thought I could introduce it today, you're going to just have to look at some really pretty pics of a really incredible country. I'll let you know when the guide is posted!
Legend of Lido was inspired by the act and art of travel, so naturally we could go on and on about some of our favorite spots. But if we only had to name a few, Mexico City, Cartagena, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming would be our selects.