{WELL ON THE ROAD} Sarah Dandashy

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Sarah Dandashy
Les Clefs d’Or Concierge and Host/Producer of Ask A Concierge

Most recently in: Berlin, Prague, Paris, Chattanooga, Huntsville, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and San Diego (it’s been a busy 4 months)

The one snack you can always find in my carry on is: Almonds! They are a lifesaver when I’m hungry. Plus they go through TSA easily.

Tell us your in-flight ritual: I always get a window seat, don’t put anything under the seat in front of me, keep out my phone and earphones, travel with a scarf, and wear sneakers. As soon as I sit down I buckle up, wrap up, stretch out my legs, and put on some fun music. Very often I end up falling asleep before the plane even takes off.

How do you conquer jet lag once you've arrived? I sleep with the window shades open so I can rise naturally in the morning. Then the first thing I do is get a work out in! Getting in a good sweat immediately settles me into the current time zone.

Describe your workout on the road style: I always pack running shoes, because no matter what, you can always go for a run! I usually work out a little less than when I am at home, but I do try to stay as consistent as possible. I aim to work out for about 30 minutes, and I combine weights and cardio. But I also factor in my daily activities, and if it’s going to be an active day, I might not force a workout. After all, sometimes you have to take full advantage of being in a location that is other than your home… why spend 30 minutes in a gym when you can get active outside or get on with your day!

How do you keep sickness at bay? I eat lots of fruits and veggies! Recently I discovered a Ginger Extract and a Wellness Shot Spray. Both of these are little one-ounce bottles of goodness. I drink some of the ginger extract in a little glass of water and I’ll spray the back of my throat with the Wellness Shot. I let it coat the back of my throat before drinking more water, but those two gems are amazing!

What's your 'go-to' restaurant item when traveling? I love leafy salads, but I’m also a huge fan of burrata. I’m vegetarian, so that normally narrows down the menu a bit. But I can always find something to eat!

What do you do to stay grounded? Funny enough, I try to stay off my phone. Of course much of my job is capturing so many moments on camera, but I’ll often stop and take note. Where I can, I’ll just enjoy the moment, the scenery, the culture, without trying to document it… but take a moment to actually experience it.

What is your preferred method of staying connected with loved ones? I stay in touch with loved ones by texting and sharing photos/ videos of my day. Since I share so much content online, many times they can follow along on my adventures. But I’ll send different or personal messages to my family as we have inside jokes and stories constantly running between us.

 

Based in Los Angeles when she's not traveling the world, you can follow Sarah's adventures across social media at @AskAConcierge and view her web series at www.askaconcierge.tv