Our latest post in the JetSetter Series spotlights Molly Beauchemin, an associate staff writer at Pitchfork.com – and a fashion, food and culture critic that is always on the move. While she resides in Brooklyn, New York, her job requires frequent trips to report on culture – from local fare to up-and-coming bands at music festivals.
We caught up with Molly to see how she preps for her frequent weekend adventures and her technique for packing a bag that allows her to experience new cities without feeling weighed down. Read on for Part I of our chat with Molly!
Years of shifting time zones and sleeping on planes have taught me that the way you pack is often the way you travel. For me, arriving in a new place is about “fitting it all in” – physically and philosophically. My travels are borne of fantasy: I want to eat at the best restaurants, smell the fruit at the local market, shop at the best boutiques, see the worthwhile sights and indulge in some shameless pampering (I’m a sucker for hot stone massages and I’ve never met a Finnish bath treatment I didn’t like).
Inevitably, I create overstuffed schedules, but that doesn’t mean I want an overstuffed bag – and that’s a different type of “fitting it all in.” You know it as the “Art of Packing.”
Victorinox Travel Tip: Keep essentials close during daily adventures with the Victoria Affinity Satchel. The cross-body will leave your hands free for snapping photos or enjoying sweet treats.
On a recent trip to Montreal, I brought one piece of luggage and a small satchel for a weeklong stay. In that time, I took hot-yoga classes in French, dined at the legendary, Michelin-starred Toque!, sunned on the floating deck at Spa Sur L’eau, blissed-out at the Scandinavian baths, got a Lomi-atsu massage, biked along Lachine Canal to the island of Notre-Dame, went to a concert in Parque Jean-Drapeau, drank cocktails at Dominion, ate maple ice cream on the cobblestone streets of Vieux-Montreal, strolled Jean-Talon market, brunched on a terrace, danced on a rooftop – and I only packed four outfits!
Stay tuned for Part II of Molly’s JetSetter Series post same time next week!