Occasionally, we enjoy chatting with travel influencers, bloggers, jetsetters and avid globetrotters from all around the world. And we really wanted to talk about luxury travel with Lindsay Silberman, Contributing Editor at Town & Country and Elle Décor. In addition to writing about luxury travel, beauty and fashion for notable publications – including Vogue, Wall Street Journal, GQ and Architectural Digest – this New Yorker has traveled to 57 countries. And in this Q&A, Lindsay reveals her most memorable travel experiences, the details about her destination wedding, what’s next on her travel bucket list and how she defines her ‘No B.S. Luxury Lifestyle.’
What travel experience inspired you to travel more? Where did you go? Why did it spark your love for travel?
I spent 12 days in Oman on assignment for a story several years ago, and it was by far the most eye-opening experience of my life. It showed me how much more of the world there was to see—and made me realize how misinformed many Americans are about Islamic culture and the Middle East as a whole. Since that trip, I’ve had an unquenchable desire to learn about other cultures through travel.
You have your own travel style. Explain to me what the ‘No B.S. Luxury Lifestyle’ means to you?
I hate to generalize, but I think there’s a lot of fluff and inauthenticity in the world of editorial, bloggers, and influencers. My audience knows that I’m a straight-shooter, and that I’ll always be honest about my experiences. When I wrote about leaving my job to start my blog, I said I would rather be broke than recommend something shitty (can I say that here?!) for a paycheck. And I stand by that. My credibility means everything to me—especially because I know that people spend their hard-earned money based on my advice.
Do you think there are misperceptions or myths about luxury travel?
Definitely. For starters, not every “luxury” hotel is created equal. To me, having a high price tag doesn’t necessarily equate to a luxury experience—it’s about paying attention to details, incredible staff, and thoughtful surprises throughout your stay.
What was your most memorable luxury experience that still ranks high on your list of unforgettable travel memories?
My husband and I were staying at Gili Lankanfushi in the Maldives, and while we were having breakfast, our butler (or “Mr. Friday” as they’re called at Gili) came up to the table and said, “I noticed that you’re having a leisurely breakfast this morning, so I took the liberty of pushing back your massage appointments by 25 minutes in order to give you more time to digest.” Our jaws were on the floor! It was such a small gesture, but I think it shows that true luxury is all about being proactive, anticipating your guests needs, and going above and beyond. Similarly, my mom and I were staying at the St. Regis in Bahia Beach, Puerto Rico and our waiter overheard us talking about how much we loved the hot sauce. When we got back to our room, there was a bottle of it with a handwritten note waiting for us. If that’s not luxury, I don’t know what is!
What’s your go-to luxury travel destination when you need to decompress (domestic and international location)? Why?
In the US, I absolutely adore Palm Springs. There’s something about it that inspires me every single time I go. I’m a super visual person, so I’m always blown away by the design, architecture, and aesthetic. It’s like being transported to Old Hollywood.
Outside of the U.S., my favorite place to unwind is St. Barths. My husband and I went for the first time 6 years ago, and we’ve been back every year (sometimes twice) ever since. It’s the perfect balance of fancy and low-key. Sometimes we’ll spend the day at a swanky hotel, and other days we’ll rent a car, go beach hopping, and watch the sunset with a cheap bottle of wine from the corner market.
What are the essentials you don’t leave home without when packing your suitcase?
Bose noise-cancelling headphones, sheet masks, compression socks, sunscreen, my camera, and packing cubes (which I just discovered and am now obsessed with!)
Are there travel apps that you always recommend to family and friends? If so, what are they? What sets them apart from the other apps out there?
I love TripIt Pro, because it’s so much easier to manage all of your flights in a single app than each individual airline app. I’m also a big fan of Been which allows you to keep track of the countries you’ve visited. I have SO many that I use regularly—for a full list of my favorites, check out this article on my blog! (#Shameless plug)
A couple is planning a luxurious destination wedding. What are a few places you’d recommend? Explain why?
I’m probably partial because this is where I got married, but Rosewood Mayakoba in the Riviera Maya was an absolute dream. The staff truly goes above and beyond—our guests were blown away, and many of them told us it was the best hotel experience they’d ever had. I also love St. Barths because it’s a place that many people are intimidated by, but shouldn’t be. Everyone is incredibly friendly, it’s easy to navigate, and the service/food/landscape is beyond.
Out of the many celebrities you’ve interviewed, which interview was your most memorable one? Why?
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen will always be my favorite. I interviewed them for the cover of DuJour several years ago, and they were just as funny, humble, and laid-back in person as they seem on TV and social media. We had a three hour lunch that involved many, many bottles of wine and a lot of laughs.
You’ve traveled around the globe, but are there destinations still left on your bucket list? If, so where? Why?
I haven’t been to India yet, so that’s top on my list. And I’d love to do more of Southeast Asia—the culture, food, history, and sense of hospitality in the region is unrivaled, in my opinion.
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