Singer-songwriter & musical anthropologist
Most recently in: Mexico & Cuba
The one snack you can always find in my carry-on is: I carry these tasty little squares called "chunks of energy" - carob spirulina flavor. They are essential for for any trip or just to have something snack on.
Tell us your in-flight rituals: I use flights as a time to reflect and communicate, either with myself or people I haven't written to in a while. I love to write long emails to friends or I make up songs. I'm also a fan of greeting whomever is sitting next to me - not because I feel like having a long conversation, but just because we are sharing this sacred space in the sky for a little while.
How do you conquer jet lag once you've arrived? I take "jet ease" for long flights, it's a homeopathic remedy you chew every hour on the flight and after I arrive. I drink a lot of water when I'm on the ground and immediately start living on the new time schedule. I find I adapt in a day or so this way.
Describe your workout on the road style: My workout style is a balance between Richard Simmons and yoga icon Sri Dharma Mittra. I try to have fun, dance, and move everyday; sometimes this means taking a run or walk in a new town or doing my own workout and yoga routine in my hotel room. At night I often play music or dance.
How do you keep sickness at bay? To stay healthy on the road, I drink lots of water and vitamin c packs, plus get good amounts of rest. Maintaining the same healthy routines wherever I go helps keep my body balanced. I also tend to avoid raw vegetables as much as possible in some countries where contaminated water may be an issue. I find this is an easy way to avoid stomach issues.
What's your 'go-to' restaurant item? Steamed veggies and rice and beans - not that exciting but they are usually pretty easy to find no matter where I've been in the world.
What do you do to stay grounded? Practicing Yoga and meditation really help keep me grounded and happy while traveling. Through yoga and mindfulness I'm able to release expectations and practice gratitude despite the occasional discomfort of the unfamiliar or unexpected. I feel connected to everything and everyone. I think this feeling of connection was born in me. I've been traveling my entire life, I'm a Mexi-JewAmerican gypsy cowgirl with family in 7 countries around the world! I wrote about it in my most recent song, GYPSY COWGIRL "My feet are always moving, and where they stop I call my home. I love big and I love strong and I'm not afraid to be alone".
What is your preferred method of staying connected with loved ones? I'm so grateful for video chats with Skype and FaceTime, the feeling of personal connection is way better than text or chatting on the phone.
About Liah: Liah Alonso is a multi-cultural indie-pop songwriter/guitarist with an adventurous spirit, a knack for languages and a passion for bringing people together through music. Liah attended NYU on a scholarship in Media Ecology while working as an interpreter in New York prisons and half-way houses. After graduating, she chose to fully devote herself to music and went on to form independent touring act and label, LEFT ON RED, with whom she recorded several albums and collaborated with Grammy award winning producers and artists. Liah has worked with many amazing artists from around the world in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Polish, Hindi and Pigeon and has the ability to find great music and put together bands wherever she goes. Stay connected with her adventures or download her latest album via her website, Facebook or Instagram pages.