Julia Douglas from Jet Set World Travel tells us how to travel and live inspired…
Q: What inspired you to get in to the business of traveling?
A: As a dual citizen and the child of a Coca-Cola executive who grew up living between four countries and seven U.S. states, it was inevitable that I would continue to “move” in my adult life! After two years of living and working abroad in London, I moved to Chicago and founded Jet Set World Travel in 2005 at the age of 24. My passion ultimately became my profession!
Q: One of your tag lines is “live inspired. be inspired.” Why do you find it important to get out and travel?
A: I have started to refer to Aspen as “my nest”. Getting out and gaining perspective always helps us appreciate how good we have it here, and also temporarily satiates wanderlust. When the wheels lift from the runway, I am always filled with a feeling of incredible opportunity.
Q: During Off Season in Aspen, everyone heads out of town. What is your recommnedation for a getaway?
A: South Africa. The bush, the wine, the people, the light. It is a mesmerizing destination! I also love the wine regions of the world in October during the crush. It is such a high energy period where one literally observes – and enjoys – the fruits of labor. For 2015: Myanmar, but you’ll have to plan well ahead as the destination is so hot it’s almost on fire!
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Q: Where are you off to next??
A: In November, I head to The Brando in French Polynesia, which recently opened in July. This exclusive private island, located 30 miles northeast of the island of Tahiti and accessible only by private charter, was purchased by “The Godfather” actor in 1966 after filming “Mutiny on the Bounty.”
Q: What is your favorite travel piece?
A: I could not live without my White + Warren cashmere travel wrap.
Q: What do you think is the best way to explore a destination?
A: My morning run is the ultimate mode of transport as you can easily navigate one way streets, pedestrian zones, and more. I also run with my iPhone for music, so have a camera on the ready to capture those magical moments!
Last piece of advice… “In the end we only regret chances we didnt take.”
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