How to Travel Like Gwyneth Paltrow

Dana Covit

On packing

"Carry-on. The only time I check in is when I am going to a cold destination and have to bring lots of warm clothes."

On not feeling like a prune post–air travel

"I drink tons of water, and I have a vitamin sachet that I put in it. Also, I moisturize my skin and put on a mask. I try not to eat rubbish either. I’ll pack salad and fruit. If I’m going on an overnight flight, I’ll drink whiskey or a glass of wine and then go to sleep, but on day flights, I try not to drink. When I land, I try to find a sauna to sit in for 20 minutes to help me sweat out all the germs from the plane."

On indulging a bit

"If I’m in Paris, I’d much rather take a walk and discover something amazing than be stuck on a treadmill at my hotel... When I’m traveling, I would rather eat what I want and come home and tighten it up. I don’t want to be in Paris and not have a croissant or goose fat potatoes. I love pasta in Italy, bread and cheese in Spain and wine everywhere. You don’t have to indulge all day, every day, but I think it’s important to your psyche to have flexibility and genuinely enjoy the food wherever you are."

On traveling with kids

"Keeping them entertained is important. I pack games like UNO and Battleship. And the iPad is essential! On the plane, they can play all the games and watch as many shows as they want."

On safety concerns

"You have to educate yourself about what’s safe and not, but you have to keep living your life."

On go-to locales

"There’s a restaurant on Koh Kood Island in Thailand called Benz’s. You get on a boat and go up a river to get there. It is the most exquisite, spicy Thai food I’ve ever had."

"I love going to Mexico. There’s a resort there called Cuixmala that’s incredible for kids."

Where to next?

"I’d love to go to Bhutan, Nepal, Cambodia and Vietnam. I would also love to do something more adventurous like Iceland in the winter."

Read more of Gwyneth Paltrow's thoughts on travel over on The New York Times.

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