Our founder has travelled... a lot. Here she shares some her favourite places, travel hacks and wisdom she's learned along the way.
How many countries have you been to? Name them:
- Guatemala - one day!
- South Africa
- Saudi Arabia
- Kosovo (Albanian language) - I got lost there looking for a waterfall, but met the kindest farmer that helped me out!
- China (I learned Mandarin!)
- Pakistan - base camp of Nanga Parbat
What was your favourite place? Why?
There’s more than one - my top two are Morocco and China. In China, I stayed with lovely people with great hospitality. Moroccan people showed me so much kindness.
It’s really the people that make the trip. I like to travel alone because it forces you to interact with local people and better immerse yourself in the local experience.
A big part of travel is getting lost and letting yourself go and opening yourself up to new experiences. It’s not about the five stars but being open-minded and flexible.
Which place had your favourite food?
France, for pastry and I, love the street food in Pakistan. More recently I enjoyed the food in Glasgow, Scotland; it has a vibrant restaurant scene, so does Bogota, Colombia. Also, Singapore; there’s not enough time to eat at all the Hawker centres!
What essentials did you pack?
I only travel with a carry-on and never check my luggage. I pack light. I usually take an empty sport-sack in my carry-on so I can go shopping while I’m there. I check my luggage on my way back home only.
I only pack the essentials. I usually don’t pack things like toothpaste or soap, shampoos or conditioner. It’s nice to purchase these things there to allow myself to immerse in the local culture.
I also pack things that dry quickly and that are light - no denim! I always pack a Turkish towel because it’s light, and dries quickly, compact and versatile it can be a scarf or a picnic blanket! I try to blend into where I’m travelling.
What’s your fave LoT product to travel with?
Lavender Argan Oil - 5ml for the plane.
Headache Balm - it relaxes me on the flight and is a pleasant scent to be exposed to while travelling. It’s like a candle without the flame!
Our Brand is inspired by Morocco - what were some of your favourite places you that you visited there? Any tips for someone going?
I really love Marrakech because it’s so colourful and vibrant, the people are so lovely it’s stimulating to the senses.
For relaxation, I like the desert in the east. The one hidden gem that you won’t find mentioned in travel books is Oualidia. It’s a beautiful, peaceful, lagoon on the Atlantic coast and is favoured as a vacation spot for the locals. It’s not too expensive, very restful and has excellent seafood.
Where do you want to go next?
I would like to explore more of Canada’s beautiful, natural destinations where I can travel by road with my dog, Gunnar.
Gunnar - Roohi's adopted bff and next travel buddy!