The 'Check-In' series was designed to celebrate individuals for whom travel is a way of life. Each profile focuses on a notable global traveler: business consultants, editors, industry members, movers, shakers, and anyone else who—for whatever reason—spends a lot of time in the air.
Occupation: Director of Marketing + Partnerships at PureWow
Number of countries traveled to: 36
What's your favorite destination?
Urban? Cape Town, South Africa. It’s the most beautiful city in the world. More remote? The top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. My great-grandfather, who was a missionary in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania, summited Kibo nearly seventy times in his life—in fact, Reusch Crater, at the summit, is named for him. We went as a family this past Christmas, and it was so incredibly special to be standing at the same place he stood so many years before.
Any other memorable trips?
Salmon-fishing in Alaska; hippo-watching on the Zambezi River in Zambia; taking a ferry through the Greek isles; watching a lion kill on the Serengeti; and spending a whole week relaxing on the beach in El Nido, Philippines. I had avocado smoothies for every meal, which were made in a gas-powered blender because the entire town had electricity for less than two hours every day.
Do you have a least favorite destination?
Paris. Sorry. Vilify me.
Favorite airport stop?
XpresSpa. Can’t beat the fifteen-minute pre-flight massage.
What makes you a great traveler?
I’m down for (almost) anything. I’m not a complainer. I love to eat. My travel liquids are always packed, so I can leave on a moment’s notice.
What are your must-have travel products?
Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo, La Roche-Posay Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, NUUN rehydration tablets, and Smith's Rosebud Salve.
Top travel advice?
Adventurous eaters have the most fun. Try everything you’re offered. Bugs don’t taste THAT bad—I promise.
What do you NEVER travel without?
My Kindle, Simple brand cleansing face wipes, Dark Chocolate + Sea Salt KIND bars, and…dryer sheets! (They remove the static from your clothes AND make your suitcase smell great.)
What's your go-to travel uniform look like?
A maxi dress, my blue PureWow zip-up hoodie, and a black pashmina. Layers are essential, especially for someone like me who is ALWAYS cold.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’m crossing off a bucket list item this coming Christmas and visiting my friend Greg in Ecuador. I'm also dying to visit Ethiopia, Oman, Nicaragua, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Burma.
If you could sit next to absolutely anyone on your next flight, who would it be?
Chrissy Teigen, Ira Glass, and/or Jimmy Fallon.