Frequent flyers share their tips and tricks for their fantasy trips.
– KEYS SOULCARE
Going somewhere? (Or, more realistic, having a serious bout of wanderlust?) Travel advocacy and consultancy firm Travel is Better In Color is on a mission to share stories through infinitely diverse lenses. Co-founded by Paula Franklin, the group partners with leading travel experts, influencers, and companies to marry lived experience, exploration, and storytelling. They not only highlight the beauty and power of trekking around the globe, but they also work to make it a safer, more inclusive, and more accessible opportunity for every traveler. (And we absolutely love to see it.)
We asked the firm’s team to share their getaway must-haves to inspire your next trip — whether you’re heading overseas or staying close to home. Get ready to take notes and put in that much-deserved PTO.
“[Working out] shortly after arrival is amazing for jet lag. My current favorite app is Aaptiv. Also, a book that I fully intend to read. I didn’t finish it on my last vacation, but The Ten Thousand Doors of January is an amazing escapist read.” — Paula Franklin | 📍 Los Angeles, California
“For a while, traveling would throw off my fitness groove. I now travel with a foldable yoga mat, jump rope, and ankle weights so I can get a workout anywhere — even if it’s just a weighted walk around the terminal during a layover.” — Naledi K. Khabo| 📍 South Africa
“I always travel with stationery so that I can leave thank you notes for all the nice people I meet along the way. A playlist of local music, from old to new, to set the stage for the trip also makes for a nice memento.” — Jeralyn Gerba| 📍 Brooklyn, New York
“I usually have a thousand things running through my mind after a day of socializing or meeting with clients on the road. [The] NYT’s Crossword app, Spelling Bee, has become part of my nighttime ritual to quiet my mind. I know some people are not fans of screen time before bed, but for me, it’s how I mentally prepare for a good night’s sleep. At home, my husband uses a white noise machine, and now when I travel solo, I find myself needing its meditative sound as well.” — Nestor Lara Baeza | 📍 New York, New York
“I always travel with exercise bands so I can get a bit of a workout in — even if my only free time is in a hotel room late at night.” — Sarah Khan| 📍 Dubai, UAE
What’s your fantasy getaway? Where would you go and what would you see? Share in the comments!