We travel because every new place stimulates you, it teaches you, it opens your eyes to new foods and smells and ideas. Traveling is a leveler. It erases the distance between cultures. Plus, I can shop for inspiration.
We’ll talk to anyone who’ll talk to us. As much as Mellie and I have enjoyed our 25-year conversation, we like to bust things open by meeting locals or talking to people at the next table or getting tips from fellow travelers. People are what make the trip. London is very big on West Wing, so I’m recognized by lots of superpolite Wingnuts there. Scandal was the game changer. People everywhere say, “Aren’t you that guy?” I don’t mind it. Most places are fine.
Vegas is the only downside. People won’t leave him alone. Paris is everything that’s good in the world. You don’t have to plan anything. Walk out your door and it’s on. I love the Ritz
– and not just because Coco Chanel lived there. It’s glorious.
I’m a London guy. Our advisor put us up at the Corinthia
, which is so elegant and beautiful. Berners Tavern restaurant has a supercool vibe. My favorite might be tea at The Dorchester
– I don’t know if they keep records of “most finger sandwiches consumed,” but I gave it a good run.
The beach isn’t travel. It’s vacation. For me, the ultimate is Hotel Esencia
on Mexico’s Riviera Maya. You get ocean, jungle, Mayan tradition and history, style, and incredible food. Everybody’s happy.