BOARDING PASS – Troy M. Litten


Designer, art director, photographer, and world traveler Troy M. Litten started his website 15 years ago to share his love love of travel, photography, and design. I can’t remember if it was his website or one of his travel journals that I first discovered, but both were a huge inspiration in both the creation of my blog exploring how we travel, and my travels themselves. In the manifesto of his book Wanderlust, Troy notes “it’s not about getting there, it’s about all the fun you can have along the way,” as he captures the mundane, often overlooked details of travel and combines them in interesting ways. After taking a few years off from his travel series to work as a Senior Art Director at Apple, I’m so happy Troy is back with his newly, cleverly designed Troyland and account on Instagram (@troylitten). He has 20 years of archives to pull from (now I’m dying to see his system for organization), and two new Wanderlust journals scheduled for release Spring 2014, and I can’t wait to see what is still to come. Thanks, Troy! –Anne

TLitten_TroyAtPetraPetra, Jordan, December 2012
Wanderlust series of books, journals, postcards, notecards, and more by Troy Litten, published by Chronicle Books.

home town:
Findlay, Ohio
GOOD MORNING WORLD / Ah, the coffees I’ve known.
where you live now:
Since completing design school in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1989, I’ve lived in London, Dublin, Hong Kong, and New York, and now call San Francisco home.
BUTTONS TO PUSH / The buzzers and bells of Istanbul, in varying states of utility.

last trip taken:
Six weeks in the Middle East: Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Georgia, and Armenia.
SMILING AT THE CAMERAMAN / Trailing the tour groups in Hanoi.
TLitten_RomanHolidayROMAN HOLIDAY / In search of a drink in Rome.

next trip on deck:
I’m planning a trip to Myanmar in December, very excited about seeing this part of the world before the tour buses start rolling in.
TLitten_64WindowSeats64 WINDOW SEATS / Somewhere between departure and arrival, one of my favorite parts of a journey.

one place you would go back to again and again:
Bangkok for the wonderful food, colorful markets, welcoming people, and always-interesting big-city sights and experiences.
SAFETY FIRST / A front row seat for the pre-flight entertainment en route to Vietnam.

place you’d most likely recommend a friend go visit:
Cuba, simply amazing!
CUBA COMMERCE / Smiling shopkeepers in Havana.

preferred method of transportation:
I love riding trains wherever I go – there’s something uniquely inspiring about sitting back and watching the world rush by through the window of a speeding train while sharing the experience with other travelers.
NIGHT TRAIN TO YEREVAN / Riding the rails in Armenia, first class. All hail the old Soviet stock.

place you’ve never been but dying to go:
North Korea, but not until the country opens to independent travel (cautiously optimistic). And Albania because it seems like such a forgotten country and I don’t know anyone who’s ever been there.
TROYLAND TICKET TUESDAYS: KOLKATA / Indian bus tickets printed on re-used scraps of paper.


TICKETS TO RIDE / All aboard with these colorful transit tickets from around the world.

BOARDING PASS – Sibylle Roessler of Funkytime

Last May in Berlin I met a wonderful bunch of talented folks at The Hive Conference. One of the most colorful was graphic designer and stylist, Sibylle Roessler of Funkytime. Despite being from Berlin, she actually was coming from Madrid (her latest home) having just moved from Canada. Just the way she lives there’s travel built in! (And she keeps moving because they are still looking for the perfect place).  Funkytime is filled with clever ideas, DIYS + downloads. I hope you enjoy a voyage through Sibylle’s travels and then go check out the influences in her work. Thanks, Sibylle! –Anne

Teneriffe, Spain

home town:
Berlin, though I haven’t lived there in a very long time. If I had to live in Germany again, this would definitely be the only city I would go to!


where you live now:
I am living ‘la vida loca’ in Madrid! Before that we lived in Canada, and before that in L.A. and before that……

When we moved here I had that dream of a typical Spanish apartment, with big windows, high ceilings, moldings and a little balcony in front of the windows. I got exactly that right in the center.


last trip taken:
Teneriffe. They have black beaches there, and the sand is sparkling! We visited a hidden cove that was only accessible by going through banana plantations, they had a little blue cafe build into the rock, awesome!


next trip on deck:
Berlin for sure. And before that Valencia and Barcelona for a weekend.

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