Boarding Pass – Tara Hogan

Tara Hogan of Ink + Wit is one of the fantastic designers that I’ve had the pleasure of featuring [her home] in a design*sponge sneak peek, but today I’m so thrilled to feature the travel side of her life. I couldn’t agree with her more as to how fantastic Iceland is, and I love the patterns (below) she created that were inspired by Paris! Thanks, Tara, for taking us on a journey today!

last trip taken:
all at once: Reykjavik, Iceland / London, England / Amboise, Loire Valley, Paris, Avignon, Marseilles, Aix en Provence (AIX) France
next trip on deck: Chicago, IL
one place you would go back to again and again: Iceland
place you’d most likely recommend a friend go visit: Iceland
preferred method of transportation: train and on foot when i can
place you’ve never been but dying to go: Kerala, India
place you’d never go back: Marseilles, France
most memorable trip:
Reykjayvik, Iceland and the Blue Lagoon a short 15 minutes from the airport is an absolutely relaxing and refreshing retreat. Pure water, steam baths, saunas, geothermal spas, nice people, and amazing vegan food in Reykjavik.
how do you prepare for a trip? I start tying up loose ends little by little especially since I run a business. I always start with a list of all the to dos. I like to get all the boring stuff first that can often be forgotten like calling the bank and credit card companies to alert them of the trip. And, all the itinerary stiff. i get it all to family right away. Really, after that I just roll day by day. I have learned that less is more in terms of clothing and to bring more remedies with me like essential oils and eye pillows. They go a long way. What has really prepared me for a trip is to do longer cardio workouts and my yoga practice to eliminate any toxins in the body and mind. You feel empty and light when you board the plane. You do not carry anything from home with you (stress/work/deadlines). You can just be on your trip. Bikram Yoga, where the room id heated to 105 degrees is a great detox to do the day before or day of your flight. Beginners go slow. It takes at least 3-4 times to get used to the heat. But, you will feel amazing.
how do you record your travels when you’re traveling?
I ease into the record taking these days. I like to always have my camera but I am a lot more still at the beginning of a trip soaking it up. I will take a break at a cafe or sit on a bench and write. I will walk and write at the same time if it something really hits me. I also collect everything and wed out what I do not need at the end. I feel like I recorded a lot of conversations mentally in my last trip so I think that means I need t actually interview people on my next one as I found direct discussion to be the most inspiring to me.
what is your favorite thing to photograph in a new place?
landscape
on an average, how many pictures to you take on a trip?
350
what’s in your “designer travel kit” ?
camera: Digital Panasonic Lumix with a Leica lens (soon to be a NIKON D90), moleskine notebooks (lined + unlined), pencils/kneaded rubber eraser/red artist tape/scotch tape, sketchbook, laptop, macbook 12″
what do you do after a trip? how long after a trip does this happen?
I start scrapbooking little by little right after the trip within 3-5 days. I begin to illustrate and design 1-2 weeks post trip. And, for a book, I am taking notes the whole time. This last trip was a real catalyst for a book idea so I have been taking notes and collecting/gathering my information over the last 2 months I have been home. I have learned from my last trip to keep a blog during the trip and put my writing out there. Live and learn.

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