Hannah Hickok likes to journey a lot she’s making it semi-permanent. The STYLECASTER deputy editor will transfer from New York to Paris in October, however her globe-trotting has already taken her far past the City of Light.
The Massachusetts native credit a teenage Outward Bound journey with sparking her love for journey and her style for, as she describes it, “embarking on slightly scary adventures.” These days meaning journeys to far-flung locations, from Dubai to Rome to Amsterdam to St. Lucia, and alongside the way in which, she’s mastered the artwork of constructing journey full of delight, not strain.
Her secrets and techniques? Keeping a unfastened, “almost lazy” method to trip-planning that leaves loads of room for serendipitous experiences — oh, and a novel method to packing that’s assured to stop any last-minute freakouts. We requested Hannah to share all of the locations she’s been, what’s subsequent on her journey bucket listing and why even a less-than-perfect journey continues to be 1 value taking. She is, fairly actually, dwelling the dream — and he or she is aware of as a result of it was hers as soon as, too.
STYLECASTER: What sparked your love for journey?
HH: When I used to be 15, I went on a 22-day Outward Bound canoeing/backpacking expedition on the Allagash River in Maine, and it helped me understand my very own capability for independence and self-sufficiency — that in all probability planted the seed of an adventurer in me. Then at 19, for my first semester of faculty, I studied overseas in Dijon, France, together with about 20 different freshmen. I used to be homesick as hell, however that constructed character and expanded my world. I studied overseas a 2nd time in Athens as a junior, which was principally a trip in comparison with these more difficult experiences after I was youthful!
SC: What is it in regards to the expertise of touring that you simply love?
HH: I like that it resets your day by day routine. Leaving behind the familiarity of residence could be uncomfortable however invigorating, whether or not it’s for every week or a month. The finest journeys contain nice meals, tradition and dialog, however even a less-than-perfect journey — if nothing else — makes you cheerful to come back residence. And what’s higher than appreciating your on a regular basis life?
SC: What’s your method to planning your itinerary?
HH: I’m a reasonably low-key — some may say barely lazy — traveler. I hardly ever do exhaustive advance analysis or put collectively a jam-packed itinerary. I normally have a few objectives in thoughts, like a sort of meals I need to strive or a neighborhood, church or museum I’ve heard is a must-see. Other than that, I drift and see the place the day or my host takes me. Stressing on trip defeats the aim, and protecting issues unfastened actually takes the strain off and retains you open to new experiences.
SC: What’s 1 place you suppose everybody must go — bonus if it’s a well-kept secret?
HH: This isn’t a secret, however every time I meet an American who hasn’t been to New Orleans, I inform them how a lot they’re lacking out on. That metropolis is a nationwide treasure of vibrancy, tradition, nice meals and pure pleasure. For a much less well-known choose, I like to crow in regards to the virtues of Maine, having spent a lot time there rising up in New England — its nationwide parks, forests, seashores, boardwalks and lobster rolls are really to not be missed.
SC: What are your prime 5 favourite locations — that you simply’ve been to?
HH: New Orleans for the meals, folks and music.
St. Lucia as a result of it’s wild, lush and unique.
Amsterdam as a result of it’s stunning, historic and bohemian.
Rome for the artwork, historical past, meals and folks.
Grand Canyon for its uncooked magnificence and mind-boggling bigness.
SC: And the subsequent 5 locations you need to go and why?
HH: So many! In the long run, I’d love to go to India, Singapore, Guatemala, Senegal, New Zealand … however my final bucket-list vacation spot is Machu Picchu. These are all locations family and friends have been and raved about, however truthfully this listing might go on for a really very long time!
SC: What are your no-fail packing suggestions each frequent traveler must know?
HH: My very best tip is to begin early and break it up! I get away my carry-on every week earlier than my departure and add just a few issues day-after-day. That manner, there’s no night-before freak-out about packing all of sudden.
Make an inventory and truly seek the advice of it earlier than you allow, so that you don’t, you understand, overlook your passport.
Keep it to a carry-on every time doable: I promise you don’t want these additional garments, sneakers or magnificence merchandise as a lot as you suppose you do!
Have a devoted journey toiletry bag with duplicates of all of the fundamentals, like toothbrush, contact case and answer, aspirin, allergy meds, and many others., with the intention to simply seize it and go.
Fold up a canvas tote bag and pack it in your baggage; that manner you should use it as an additional bag at your vacation spot for day journeys or procuring with out going over your carry-on bag restrict.
SC: Not gonna lie, I’m tremendous jealous about your upcoming transfer to Paris. How did that come about?
HH: My first journey to Paris was for Thanksgiving break after I was learning overseas in Dijon, France, as a freshman. It was pure magic — not simply because we had been in Paris, however as a result of I used to be reunited with my household for the primary time after 3 months of great homesickness!
My subsequent time in Paris was final yr, when my fiancé and I obtained engaged, so, in fact, it was very romantic. We joked and fantasized lots throughout that journey about not going again to New York or returning to Paris long-term. A yr later, the chance arose when he was accepted to a grasp’s program there — one thing that wasn’t remotely on our radar throughout that journey.
SC: That’s superb — what do you envision your day by day life will likely be like there?
HH: I’ll be going freelance, so I hope that my life received’t contain an excessive amount of of a day by day routine, apart from spending time writing in libraries and cafes. I’m excited to step away from the 9-to-5 company life-style for some time and discover ardour initiatives, be impressed by my environment and have much more artistic freedom and adaptability to journey. Always engaged on that bucket listing!
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