Postcard Series: Jennifer Goldstein Loves To Travel...Except...

Executive Health & Beauty Editor at Marie Claire and Co-Host of Fat Mascara


Travel - hate it, love it? Love it all except the packing. Even airports don't bother me as long as there's good people-watching.


It's not a vacation unless...I have my Kindle loaded with books and there's day drinking. 


Planes, trains, or automobiles? Motorbikes! When you're on a scooter or motorbike, you go slower, you stop more often, and you're outdoors - it's such a great way to get to know a place. 


Checked bags or carry on? All depends on my sunscreen needs. I can do a 10-day vacation with just a carry-on, but if I'm going to need lots of SPF I'll check my bags just so I can pack bottles of continuous-spray sunscreen.


Travel beauty - bare or elaborate? I think my style is bare basics, but I'm a beauty editor, so my bare might be someone else's elaborate! Let's put it this way: I don't pack beauty tools that require electricity.


In general my beauty routine is...consistent. I try so many products for work, but I've learned that if I don't want my skin to break out, I have to stick to my skincare routine.


I must pack _____ when traveling? Sunscreen, sunglasses, and binoculars for bird watching (yes, really). I also love my Lowa hiking boots, Birkenstocks, black skinny jeans, and Wilfred separates, which look chic and don't wrinkle. 


Best travel tips? Nothing is more stressful than not being able to get a goodnight's sleep. So I say don't drink caffeine after 2 PM, always pack ear plugs, and bring Donormyl just in case (it's this fizzy French sleeping pill that always works and doesn't leave you drowsy the next day). 


Upon arrival at my destination...I try to get a paper map from the car rental place or at the concierge. I feel like I can't get the lay of the land from the map on the phone.



Favorite travel spot? Everywhere I've visited in Africa has been amazing: riding a camel, into the Saharan dunes to watch the sunset, sailing down the Nile, climbing Mt. Kilimanjara, making shea butter and seeing the elephants in Ghana, going to the safari in Tanzania and South Africa...that continent is magical.


What are your 3 must see/do things in this city? How about one thing to do in three cities: I always try to find the spiciest street food. I love jerk chicken from the roadside huts in the cliffs of Negril; stir-frys in the stalls near Tha Chang in Bangkok; and tacos al pastor from pretty much any street cart in Mexico.


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