1. What do you do and how much do you travel for work?
I'm a Marketing and Business Development strategist focused on tech, consumer brands, hospitality and health + wellness. My clients and projects span across the US and Europe. This means relatively long flights and multi-day trips to attend conferences, host meetings and organize events. I would say I spend about half of my time away from home.
2. Have you always traveled a lot?
Even though work trips make up a big part of my travel schedule at the moment, I have been a globetrotter from a very young age. I was born and raised in Poland, but I spent at least 3 months of every year away from home exploring the world with my family and attending school in Germany, France, England and the US. Since university, I've lived in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and London.
3. How long have you been working on Travelle?
Travelle has been in my head for quite some time, but I made the decision to launch it at the beginning of 2015 and I went public with the website in March 2016. While it's still in its beginning stages, the response so far has been very positive and I'm excited to continue building it out!
4. What inspired you to create it?
The inspiration behind it stemmed from the early days of when I started to extensively travel for work. Despite all the experience I had with moving around, I came to realize that business travel is a very different animal when it comes to preparing for trips, managing my days while away and navigating new destinations.
In the first months of a new job, I was really struggling to maintain my quality of life while away from home. I was constantly scrambling to get organized, knowing that while away my usual routine would be put on hold. I didn't know how to find a manicure where I was headed, whether or not I'd get to work out, and if I needed to bring all my beauty products or if the hotel would have me covered.
My body suffered. I discovered that minibars often are packed with junk, room service menus don't always have good healthy options and when I was in a hurry, I ended up eating whatever was in front of me. The frequent flights also wrecked havoc on my digestion, skin and my choice of clothes as I didn't know how to find the balance between looking sharp and feeling comfortable. I felt like a slob!
Getting things down took a lot of effort, time consuming research and experience and I want to share it with other travelers and serve as a resource to improve their lives while on the road.
After all, how we travel, is how we live these days. So let's travel healthy and beautiful.
5. How do you find all the information that you share with your readers?
A lot of the information I post on the site comes from my own personal experience. Over the years, I have accumulated quite a number of tricks that make travel more enjoyable, and I now manage to maintain my health, quality of life, and personal style no matter where I am in the world.
With experience, I discovered hotels that have great facilities, beauty products and dining options, healthy snacks that don't make me bloated, skincare tricks to prevent breakouts and clothing brands that make fashion forward, versatile and easy to wear pieces for traveling. On-demand beauty and wellness apps services popping up left and right allow me to book exercise classes and blow drys wherever I am, which means I can conveniently find what I need in a new city to look and feel great.
Whenever it's possible, I loop in the experts to provide more in depth detail on how to look and feel good on the road. I spend time with people in the beauty, fashion and wellness industries, and experienced travelers that go to specific locations or events and have a good sense of how to best prepare for those trips. Whenever possible, I publish interviews with them so that my readers can benefit from their unique experiences too!
6. What is your favorite outfit for a day of travel?
As I write this on my flight from New York to Raleigh, NC, I'm wearing black fitted trousers by Vince with a touch of lycra, a tank made of breathable fabric and a gray blazer which is made of very high quality material and doesn't wrinkle. I paired that with Ash leather zip-up sneakers and a gray Givenchy bag that has a strong zipper and both a long and short strap, and Rimowa in-cabin luggage.
When I take overnight flights, I usually replace the blazer with a soft cape or oversized sweater so I can treat it as a soft blanket for naps. A soft scarf is also great to bring along as the temperature on the plane can fluctuate quite a bit so layering is key.
7. Do you ever check bags or do you manage carry on only?
I almost never check bags. I managed to travel to Mexico City, Acapulco, Portland, San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, London and Warsaw during a 3 week trip with a carry on!
In general, I pack clothes that I can wear morning to evening, like knee length dresses that I can wear to meetings or to explore a city and then easily dress up with heels and nice accessories for a dinner or event. Skirts are also great because you can combine them with different tops and end up with numerous completely different outfits. For shoes, I bring a pair of black and tan shoes which go with just about anything, and one pair of flats for between meetings.
More and more brands make beautiful activewear which you can easily wear as an outfit and also work out in. I pack those for just relaxing in the hotel, taking walks during downtime and going to yoga classes or the gym.
8. What is your favorite travel destination?
There are so many beautiful cities and hidden gems that it's hard to choose one. It's actually quite rare for me to go to the same places repeatedly unless it's for work as I like to explore new destinations as much as I can. I can tell you though that recently I have been discovering beautiful areas in Brazil and Mexico and I can't wait to see more.