If you follow my writing, you know that I have recently spent a considerable amount of time traveling around the Southwest over the past few years. While it’s true I spent my childhood summers in Colorado and New Mexico to see family - miles away from where I grew up in Western Canada - to visit my wonderful Grandmother and family friends, but did not understand how deep our roots went here - and in America - until research and genetic revelations much later in adulthood. It’s funny how some places have always felt so familiar, without logical explanation.
It turns out that hospitality - from boutique hotels to vacation homes - are proving to be the ideal showcase for many talented designers around the country, amateurs and professionals alike, offering spectacular and unique results.
I recently co-hosted the Lux Travel Chat on Twitter, and we discussed what people are looking for in terms of experiences, to connect with local culture. Turns out, this is a high priority for many of you, so it’s no wonder programs like Airbnb’s Experiences or EatWith dining packages are booming.
After working with large hospitality brands around the world, I have spent the last few years traveling extensively around America — mainly to emerging markets — to speak with local business owners, to see what the next generation of hospitality & hotels are doing (boutique hotels, B&Bs, vacation homes, etc) and how they are getting everything right in terms of design, branding, collaboration, experiences and connecting to local culture.
Today is International Women’s Day and there are so many incredible individuals - past & present - to celebrate, along with supporting those coming up behind us. With so many female trailblazers throughout history, I thought I would share some historical female adventurers who made an impact.
I never miss an opportunity to hear someone’s story – especially from someone that I admire – so I leapt at the chance to interview Bozoma Saint John at the WeWork Global summit this week in Los Angeles.