A Better Journey with Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington

Staying warm in Quebec City (wearing our cashmere wrap in grey).

Staying warm in Quebec City (wearing our cashmere wrap in grey).

In Calgary, Alberta for the Stampede.

In Calgary, Alberta for the Stampede.

Name a country and chances are travel expert Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington has been there. Having visited 72 countries (and counting), Jennifer is a true travel junkie. We’re lucky to call Jennifer a friend, having co-founded Travel & Style magazine with her and been on many a trip — including London, Argentina and Anguilla to name a few. There’s also a chance you’ve caught Jenn on TV, sharing her travel wisdom on shows like The Social and The Marilyn Denis Show to name just a few.

Having convinced us to travel carry-on only for a week-long trip to Europe — it was a success and is very do-able — we always go to Jenn when we want travel advice and tips. We were able to catch her in-between trips to get her take on some of her favourite travel things right now, including the Michelin-star vegetarian restaurant she’s obsessed with and the most beautiful museum she’s ever visited.

At The Vessel in The Hudson Yards, NYC.

At The Vessel in The Hudson Yards, NYC.

Wandering the woods of Whistler, B.C.

Wandering the woods of Whistler, B.C.

1. Where was the last place you travelled & for what?

I’ve done a lot of North America travel lately which has been nice! My last trip was to New York for work and then Halifax (which was for a mini family vacation). 

2. Fill in the blank. Travel makes me feel _____

Curious.

3. Favourite destination?

I have so many! I love Central and South America for their food and culture. But I also love places with a Middle Eastern influence like Jordan, Turkey and Bosnia because the food, art and culture are so beautiful… and the coffee is amazing! And for wildlife and nature, Kenya and South Africa are incredible. 

4. Always in your carry-on?

A cozy scarf that doubles as a blanket, earplugs, essential oils, an eye mask, Systane eye drops to keep eyes fresh for landing, and Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir face mist. Those are my secrets for getting cozy on a plane, and getting a good sleep if it’s an overnight flight! 

5. Travel beauty must-have?

I love a good face oil to have on the plane. It’s super hydrating to combat the dry air on the plane, and I use it everywhere, even on my lips and on my cuticles, Aesop and The Ordinary make great options (The Ordinary is super affordable so if you leave it behind at a hotel, it’s not a big deal!). I also love Ouai Wave Beach Spray (the travel-sized version). For my naturally wavy hair it adds not just texture without being crunchy, it also adds volume, so I can use that one product for second-day hair instead of also bringing dry shampoo. Plus is smells so good! 

Drinking wine in Prince Edward County.

Drinking wine in Prince Edward County.

In Jordan, exploring the desert of Wadi Rum.

In Jordan, exploring the desert of Wadi Rum.

6. Packing tips or tricks?

I always do carry-on. My secrets for that are to roll your clothes as tightly as possible and using packing cubes to keep everything tidy, secure and tightly packed in. And really think about what you will actually wear! Why lug around a giant suitcase with your whole closet when you will realistically only wear third of it… there’s nothing chic about trudging around with a bursting suitcase!

7. Most memorable food or drink?

Definitely a Michelin Star vegetarian meal in Vienna at a restaurant called Tian. It’s one of the few vegetarian restaurants in the world, and it really showcased how diverse a vegetarian diet can be. I’ve been back twice! And they also have a casual bistro, Tian Bistro, that has the best vegetarian or vegan brunch (my meat-eating friend even said it was the best brunch she’s ever had!). 

8. App or tech you can't travel without.

I use Calm to help me get to sleep in any time zone or hotel. It’s an app that has meditation practices, soundscapes to help you sleep (from white noise to a trickling waterfall), and even bedtime stories read by celebs like Matthew McConnaughey (who doesn’t want to fall asleep to Matthew McConnaughey?!)

9. What hotel should we check into next?

Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik… it’s just outside of the old city and built into the cliff, and honestly just stunning. If you can snag a corner suite with floor to ceiling windows and a patio you’ll be able to see the old city walls and the Dalmatian Coast. It’s perfection to wake up to. 

10. Must see -- where & why.

I was so surprised when I learned of the Shangri-La Museum in Honolulu. It’s the former home of an American heiress who devoted her life to collecting and protecting Islamic art. Much of her collection was not known until her passing and she revealed in her will that she wanted her home and art to be a museum. It’s the largest collection of Islamic art outside of the Middle East and it is possibly the most beautiful museum I have ever been to. A must see when on Oahu! 

11. Bucket list destination.

So many! But Antarctica, New Zealand, the Yukon, and Tibet are tops.