Our Travel Tuesday series cozies up to fabulous entrepreneurs who spend countless hours away from home in the name of their passion. Here we asked them to share some of their secrets for staying well on the road.
Alexandra Bonetti Perez
Founder of Bari
Most recently in:
Dominican Republic & Turkey
The one snack you can always find in my carry on is...Dried pineapple.
Tell us your in-flight rituals.
I love using time on a flight to stay offline. I like to read or write, and if the flight is long enough, both! I always bring a fiction and a business book to pick depending on my mood.
How do you conquer jet lag once you've arrived?
Two ways: One, is powering through time changes to maximize play time (especially during quick trips). If I’m traveling to Europe, I’d rather power through the day and go to bed at night instead of taking naps, whereas if I’m traveling to the West coast, I try to go to bed at a reasonable time instead of staying up late. Two, is avoiding coffee or sleep medication. I'd rather stay as natural as possible by relying on healthy carbs for energy, and calming herbal tea before bed.
Which fitness icon best describes your 'workout on the road' style?
Bear Grylls. I am an outdoor adventurer, but without a knack for the extreme and dangerous. I think the best way to get to know a place is explore it in the outdoors- few things bring me more peace and happiness. I love hiking, skiing, camping, swimming, and everything in between. One of my favorite countries to explore is Ecuador and one of my favorite trips ever was doing the Inca Trail in Peru.
How do you keep sickness at bay?
I don’t really get sick while traveling! Is that just me? I love to eat local, stay hydrated, and sleep well!
What's your 'go-to' restaurant item?
I gravitate to the specials. One of my favorite things about traveling is food- there isn’t much I don’t eat or like. I always try to find an authentic, local restaurant and order whatever the chef found in the market that day.
What do you do to stay grounded when away from home?
I try to always stick to daily meditation, regardless of where I am. If I’m traveling somewhere remote and country-esque, I get outside as much as possible. If I’m traveling to a new city, I go for a run and explore the streets that way.
What is your preferred method of staying connected with loved ones?
In an ideal world, I’m travelling with my loved ones! When that’s not the case, I check in via email and Skype. For the most part, though, I do my best to disconnect.
Originally from Venezuela, Alexandra has lived in Cincinatti, Philadelphia, NYC, London and the Hague, Netherlands. Keep up with her healthy pursuits at home and on the road via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Who knows, you may catch her at one of Bari's newest studios in Newport Beach, California or Summit, New Jersey!