Director at new travel consultancy The Magnolia Creative Collaborations—which hooks up entertainment personalities with premium hotels (projects include The DJ Dispensary and boutique hotel Eight – The Residence)—offers her best travel tips.
What’s the most underrated travel destination?
Montenegro. I’ve heard a lot about it from friends who have been or live there but it’s rare that you read about it especially in our part of the world. It’s steeped in culture and history, dotted with medieval ports that are on the UNESCO World Heritage List and really is off the beaten track. Its best kept secret? These amazing restaurants that you can only get to by boat: Forte Rose, Dobrec, Pantagana, Stari Mlini and Vino Santo.
What are some of your best travel tips?
With modern technology comes easy access to some really cool inside intel. Download apps that will come in handy like street directories, emergency numbers, that great sidewalk café or that great bar where, they serve those amazing cocktails, or that bookstore tucked away at the end of that street. I bookmark everything. I also never leave home without my passport holder. It stores multiple mobile sim cards and if you travel as frequently as I do, you definitely want to keep them safe.
What’s the next big trend in travel?
There so many these days, eco travel, medical travel, adventure travel, digital detox, design hotels, boutique hotels, pet friendly hotels, safaris, ski lodges, ashrams...The next trend? I’d like to think train travel. It’s perhaps one of the world’s oldest modes of travel. But it never really caught on as a trend for our generation. It seems to be like a forgotten element in the romance of travel. I do hope we get to see more of that in the future.
What’s your favourite destination and why?
Italy. It has been my dream destination and I can’t shake the feeling it gives me just thinking about it. I keep dreaming of the day I get to stand on the terrace at the dreamy hotel the Le Sirenuse enjoying breathtaking view with a glass of Champagne. Bliss.
Angeline Leo is the director at The Magnolia Creative Collaborations.