Kasia Dietz Handbags
Most recently in: Istanbul and Cinque Terre, Italy
The one snack you can always find in my carry on is: I'm a big fan of nuts and dried fruit, particularly almonds, brazil nuts and dried mango, the perfect snacks on the go! Also, having a sweet tooth, I always try to have dark chocolate close at hand.
Tell us your in-flight rituals. I always dress comfortably and reserve a window seat in order to sleep during longer flights. I drink a lot of water to keep myself hydrated (occasionally a glass of wine if it's French), and spend some time writing and reflecting on where I've been and where I'm going. I cherish what I call this 'inbetween time'.
How do you conquer jet lag once you've arrived? I try to take it easy upon arrival, stay awake as long as I can and nap when necessary. It usually takes several days to adjust, depending on the journey. My preferred route is east to west when suddenly I become an early riser and take advantage of the morning hours to work and explore the city or landscape. (When insomnia hits Tylenol PM helps!)
Describes your workout on the road style? Considering how much I love to walk - I'm a New Yorker after all - my workout style is all outdoors. The best way to discover a new destination is by foot or by bike. (When I first arrived to Melbourne I embarked on a 20 kilometer bike tour, a perfect introduction to the city!) I also seek out yoga studios around the world, both to stay fit and to discover various international practices.
How do you keep sickness at bay? Depending on where I'm traveling to, I keep a supply of probiotics on hand. I never once got sick during my many months in South America, India and Southeast Asia. I also drink lots of bottled water and fresh orange and lemon juice and try to get enough sleep.
What's your 'go-to' restaurant item? Fresh grilled fish with local vegetables, what I consider the most healthy meal that can be found almost anywhere. I'm also a big fan of exploring local food markets and trying street foods, particularly in Vietnam and Malaysia. Eating, whether it be haute cuisine or local specialties, is one of the great pleasures of traveling!
What do you do to stay grounded? I often sit at a local cafe or quiet place with a vista and write. This allows me to reflect on my experiences while living in the moment. Traveling for extensive periods can be exhausting and it's important to take time to simply be.
What is your preferred method of staying connected with loved ones? When I traveled the world in 2007 I sent many a postcard to friends and family and still a believe that hand-written cards are much more personal than e-mails. I sent 32 postcards to my mom, one from every country I visited. I also kept a blog to keep everyone updated on my adventures. (Many late nights spent in internet cafes in Japan!) Since settling in Paris, I've started a blog detailing my constant adventures in France, Italy and beyond.
About Kasia: Living in Paris, but traveling the world, Kasia just put the finishing touches on her new yoga bag collection. You can follow Kasia and her bags around the world on her website, read about her travels on her blog and drool over her Instagram photos here.