The Top Destinations for Creative Inspiration, Revealed

Career ruts are bound to pop up every once in a while, no matter where you sit on the totem pole. If you find yourself feeling uninspired or confused, you’re definitely not alone. The big question? How to push forward when that roadblock inevitably blocks your way. For Vanessa Hong of The Haute Pursuit, a change of scenery makes a world of difference.  

And Hong should know: As a fashion blogger, the creative director behind her own ready-to-wear line, staying inspired is do-or-die. Her constantly on-the-go lifestyle might seem tiring to some (she splits her time between Hong Kong, New York, and Paris) but for Hong, the changing scenes is exactly the creative fodder she needs.  

Recently, Hong decided to make NYC her new home base to serves as her creative foundation as she designs her next collection. “New York is unlike any other city in the U.S.,” says Hong. "I love how dense [it] is; there is a lot of everything—art, people, shops—on every city block.”

We caught up with Hong to find out which spots she can't miss when in town, the ultimate packing tips, and on-the-go must-haves, like her trusty TUMI suitcase. 

Where do you find your creative inspiration? Tell us in the comments below.