Q: Honest is a brand focused on healthy living. Is living a healthier lifestyle harder when you’re traveling?
A: Absolutely, because you’re not in your routine, and it’s harder to squeeze in a workout or make the right food choices. You’re at the mercy of what’s available at your destination, and your immune system can wear down if you’re not taking care of yourself. I try to stay healthy when I travel by staying hydrated — I drink a lot of coconut water and regular water. I also decompress by taking a bath and meditating.
Q: You have two daughters, Honor, 8, and Haven, 5, who often travel with you. What are the biggest challenges when traveling with children?
A: Jet lag is a big one. We spent nine days in New York recently, and I kept them on West Coast time because it was easier. They went to bed at 10 p.m. and woke up at 10 a.m. instead of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. It’s harder when we go to Europe or Asia, but I usually keep them awake the first day, and by nighttime they’re tired enough to sleep.
Q: Do you worry about their being exposed to germs when traveling?
A: Not really. I think some amount of germs is good for kids, but if we’re in countries where the food and water aren’t always sanitary, I don’t let them eat undercooked food and make sure they drink bottled water. Other than that, I encourage them to be curious and try different foods and explore.
Q: Any tips for a successful family trip?
A: Keeping kids entertained is key. Both of my girls love to draw and read, so I always pack art supplies and books. But the point is for them to engage with whatever destination we’re in, so I try to keep them entertained doing that.
Q: Do you have any favorite family-friendly vacation destinations?
A: We have been going to Hawaii a lot, which has been nice because I have never really vacationed there. It has a distinct sense of culture and a big Asian influence.
Also, I think Paris is great with its playgrounds and museums. The Rodin Museum there is the best because it’s indoors and outdoors, and the kids can wander around and get ice cream. It’s not so precious.
Q: Is there anything you always bring home from your travels?
A: I’m not really into souvenirs like T-shirts, but I do like buying local products a destination is known for, like sake when I was in Japan. And, when I’m traveling internationally and don’t have my kids with me, I buy them (the candy) Kinder Eggs, which they are obsessed with.