New York-based editor Marina Larroude (she’s actually Brazilian, so already we think she’s incredibly cool) spends her days engulfed in the world of fashion, but it’s her simplistic approach to travel that we really admire. Here, she chats with us about her favorite warm-weather travel staples, her preferred airline, and the growing list of places she hopes to one day visit.
How often do you travel?
I travel for work at least twice a year—for the European shows, and that includes London, Milan, and Paris. I also love to go away and escape the cold weather in New York during the holiday seasons, and so I go to Brazil to visit family and friends. During our summer holidays I like to go spend time with my kids anywhere near a beach, so I can just sit and relax.
Favorite destinations to travel to?
The beach, always! The Caribbean, because it’s so close to New York, and Capri, which is my favorite summer destination.
Where’s your “happy place” to visit?
Parrot Cay in Turks and Caicos.
What brand type of luggage do you use?
I have a Tumi. I use the largest size possible without having to pay for extra charges.
What about your carry-on bag?
I actually don’t like to travel with carry-ons. I usually give all my magazines to my husband to put in his bag and that way I can leave my hands free. Two kids, strollers, baby bags—there are already enough things for me to keep my hands and eyes busy.
Do you bring a camera?
I just travel with my iPhone.
Open Skies. I wish they flew to more cities.
What are your in-flight travel essentials?
Magazines—I save them all for my flight! I also like a good E-book, a Toblerone bar, and sleeping pills in case I cant fall asleep (although I’ve been pretty good and usually fall asleep immediately).
Aisle or window?
Window! I love to sleep on the plane—often even before it takes off!
Preferred in-flight beverage?
Water. Tons and tons of water.
What music is on your travel playlist?
I work full time and have two kids at home, so whenever I’m traveling I like silence and I enjoying have nothing to do for awhile.
Do you have any travel rituals or superstitions?
I pray on takeoffs and landings. If I’m traveling by myself I’ll email or call my husband just before takeoff and again right after I land.
How do you entertain yourself at 35,000 feet?
I enjoy this time to sleep as much as I can and catch up on any new movies that are showing on the plane. I prefer romantic comedies to any intense movies. I also love a good biography—I was re-reading chapters of Grace Coddigton’s memoir on my way back from Paris.
What’s your go-to uniform for the plane?
What’s the one item you never leave town without?
My Celine leather jacket.
How do you deal with jet lag?
Caffeine. And I don’t take naps—I try to sleep at the “current” time.
What’s your exercise routine when you’re on the road?
I like to walk around town as much as I can.
How do you manage your health + eating routine when you’re away from home ?
I try to eat healthy wherever I go. In my regular life I like to have 3 meals a day, with no snacking in between. So as long as I keep that routine I’m fine.
Are you an over-packer or under-packer?
I try to pack what I’m positively sure I’ll wear on the trip…but there’s always that one thing that I didn’t pack that I wish I’d brought.
Do you have a packing strategy?
I make a list of items I’d like to wear based on the events I’ll be going to. Then I pack my favorite basics, along with any new purchases. For accessories I try to keep it simple; one bag for day and one bag for evening that will go with everything. And for my shoes, I just try to edit as much as I can.
What are your favorite items to travel with?
To make my life a little easier I have core things in my wardrobe that I love and take with me to any warm-weather vacation: Muzunga Sisters kaftans, a Missoni dress, Jo de Mer bikinis, an Indian pendant necklace (that I love!), and a few pairs of Ancient Greek Sandals. So If I’m going on a summer holiday these are the pieces I’m taking with me. I don’t like to travel to winter destinations as much, so I don’t have a core winter wardrobe that I could quickly pack and go.
What beauty-essentials do you travel with?
Favorite items to order from room service?
Scrambled eggs for breakfast.
Favorite item from the hotel mini-bar?
Have you ever had a travel disaster?
I remember once taking a sleeping pill for a day flight from Paris to NY. We were on the plane, ready for a takeoff, and then there was a tech issue and we had to change planes. It took hours and I could barely stay awake!
If your luggage was lost, what are the 5 items you’d buy at the drugstore?
A toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, and face cream!
Favorite find/souvenir from your travels?
I always buy a little something for my kids. And I love to find something unique and special for my house. I spent my honeymoon in Mexico and I bought this handmade nativity play. Every Christmas I put it out and I don’t let my children touch it, as Im afraid it will break. It looks like a toy, as it is handmade and so adorable, so every morning during holiday season I tell my daughter, “don’t touch it,” but every night when I came back from work it’s in a completely different order, so I know she played with it during the day.
Favorite childhood memory of traveling?
I’m from Brazil, so despite traveling to the beach or to Brazil’s countryside it was really special when my parents took me to Europe or the USA with them. We don’t have winter in Brazil, so being able to see snow as a child was a big thing. Not sure I feel the same way today (ha!).
What destinations are still on your bucket-list?
There are so many! I want to go to Asia and Morocco… I want to take my kids for a summer holiday in Italy and Greece…I want to visit Croatia and Spain… the list keeps on growing.
Marina Larroude photographed in London