Travel like a New Hollywood Woman
by Jamie Latta
Ahhh. It’s summertime; That easy-breezy time of year that brings longer, lazier days. Nights are filled with fireflies and al fresco dinners and weekends disappear on a hammock with a good book. By far, my favorite thing about summer is that it’s the time of year to give in to my inner nomad and let go. I spend the first half of the year, digging in, planting roots and building a foundation for a life I love. Summertime is my season to stop, climb to the top of my tree, spread my wings and fly away.
There’s a reason travel always makes my list of resolutions. At TNH, it’s a popular and important goal for many. Personally, my goals is to leave the country twice in 2018. Here’s why: travel feeds my soul, fuels my creativity, makes my world bigger and my problems seem smaller. It breeds tolerance and an open mind. Without these qualities, my creativity is stifled. Without creativity, I cease to work. For me, this goal is just as important as any career goal.
Because I am a typical Type A personality, I’m efficient, organized and competitive. I’m a get it donekinda gal. If you’re following The New Hollywood (and you’re reading this, so you are), you understand we love goals. Once I make it to my destination, the goal is achieved and life becomes all about intentions. These travel intentions become mantras and allow me to let go and let it flow. They are important mantras in life, but I find them especially useful while travelling.
literally designed my garden to replicate this experience. Had that museum been open, I would never have known how to create space that makes me feel provincial all year long. I meditate in my garden. I entertain in my garden. I lie in a hammock and read. That museum being closed for renovations changed my life.
Presence over Hustle
It’s not about the Instagram photo or putting a check mark next to a destination. You can be somewhere without really having experienced somewhere. Become a flaneurand a explore the art of passionate wandering. It’s one of the great joys of traveling. It’s about experiencing a place, its people and its history. I like to pick neighborhoods that have historically been magnets for writers, artists, activists and musicians. A place has energy. I want to draw from energy that has inspired great works of art and movements of change.The last couple of European trips I have taken, I’ve rented amazing Air B&Bs in Trastevere, Rome and Montmartre, Paris. I set aside days to walk the streets, talk with locals and go where no guidebook or blog is going to send you. It’s days that I practice presence over hustle when the locals sent us to the pasta making legends at Pasta Di Mani and gave me so much food I had to run around a piazza to make room for more. Or getting a little lost with my love in Montmartre only to get a private outdoor concert from some indie band who set up shop in an empty lot. Their music filled the Parisian air while our afternoon bottle of Bordeaux wore off. The point is, you don’t get to have this experience without wandering about (flaneuring) and being open to what the day brings. You have to bump into these moments that will become treasured memories.
Come Home and Shine Brighter
When I return, inspiration gained through travel nourishes my roots. For me, travel is part of the natural cycle of life. It’s fuel for creativity. I fill up on different cultures, art, traditions, architecture, music and food. When I come home, I pour that inspiration into the last push of my year. It spills into my work and I let it fall like leaves from my own tree of life. Those leaves fall to ground, nourish my roots and I repeat the next year stronger, wiser and having expanded my world in all directions.
Please note that not all experiences, beliefs and ideas are shared by each member of “The New Hollywood.