As you all might have read on my Instagram by now, I safely arrived (by boat, how amazing is that) in the utterly romantic Venezia with Disaronno to hopefully rock the red carpet tonight. Wish me luck!
As a huge traveling addict, I have always dreamt of going abroad for a longer while than a 2-3 week holiday. Most people (read: most of my friends) take there chances in between graduation and finding a job, but since I got a job practically straight after spending my last hour in the school-desks, I never really got the chance to do the same.
Now that I do everything on a freelance basis, I figured I could do the things I do from just about anywhere. Even though I have always dreamed of going to New York, or a romantic city like Paris one day, I decided to do kind of a winter-escape and pick Los Angeles instead.
Honestly, I am scared to death (and I do not even know what I am scared for/of), but super excited I am finally taking this step (or should I say jump?) at the same time.
After a crazy Fashion Week period in September, I am leaving for LA on October 15 and will be back in Amsterdam in January.
PS: I took this picture at Abbot Kinney Blvd last month, so far one of my favorite streets in the LA area.
With the Fashion Week season coming up, Schiphol and I are going to super best friends for a month or two. The positive side of our friendship is that it will take me to Stockholm, New York, London and Paris. The downside is that I will have to kill a lot of airport waiting time.
Killing time asks for a perfectly packed carry-on, with only the most important necessities. Traveling light is my way to go and I am slowly but surely getting the hang of it. Besides all the obvious essentials, like your passport, boarding pass and phone, moisturizer, etc., these are the things that I like to include to make time fly by while waiting for take-off.
Multifunctional scarf and socks
The scarf needs to be big, light and foldable, so it can be used as a blanket as well as a pillow. Socks added means ready to go asleep (which I often manage to do even before take-off).
Stuff to read
Whether you are a magazine or book person, reading and flipping through pages makes minutes feel like seconds. I tend to go for magazines, because they way less than books and they are not as hard to leave somewhere to drop the kg’s when you are done. An iPad with some books downloaded on it is workable too.
For me, my most brilliant ideas start with something I think of when I am forced to sit in the same place for a few hours.
Headphones (and a phone/mp3-player to plug them in)
I have tried tons of different ones and I used to be really into plugs, because of the simple fact that they take less space in your bag. But this retro Citiscape from Philips produces a crazy amazing sound, completely isolates the snoring plane neighbor I always seem to have and it is comfortable enough to keep on during my usual long naps.
Also, in case you were wondering, I do keep an airport playlist:
Haim – Forever (trying out all the sunglasses at the airport).
Frank Ocean – Super Rich Kids/Thinkin Bout You (waiting in the chair, ready for take off).
Lianne La Havas – Age (flirting with pilots passing by while drinking latte in the coffee corner).
Anthony Starble – We Need To Be Loved (staying zen during big delay announcements).
Kaskade – Atmosphere (for all the sunny destinations).
Quadron – Hey Love (heading to the gate that is always a bit further than expected).
Bastille – Pompeii (looking out the window seeing the destination from above).