Meghan McEwen>>Founder of DesignTripper.com
It’s a lucky few people who can turn their passions into a genuine career, but Meghan McEwen, former editor-in-chief of CS Interiors magazine, has done just that, snowballing her nomadic nature and love for writing into Designtripper, a travel blog that unearths some of the most under-the-radar, uber-unique B&B’s, cottages, inns and even tepees across the globe. Recently, McEwen opened her own spot, a locally-outfitted B&B in Detroit called Honor & Folly. The passion project is the first of many Designtripper properties to come for McEwen, who, despite all the travel-induced beauty obstacles, always manages to stay looking super fab wherever she is.
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Q: What’s your away-from-home beauty routine?
A: A blow dryer and lip gloss and go. I’m incredibly low maintenance. It tortures me to stand in front of a mirror when there’s so much to do and see when traveling.
Q: With strict airport regulations, what carry-on-legal products do you live by?
A: I never leave home without my Lush Seanik seaweed shampoo bar—too soft water makes my fiendish hair look perpetually wet.
Q:Best vacation to date?
A: Impossible question! So many different trips for so many reasons: Vietnam for once-in-a-lifetime experiences like kayaking through Halong Bay; Italy for the food and laid-back lifestyle; the Netherlands for the amazing design that’s part of the culture; Maine for stunning natural American beauty and quiet time with my family.
Q: What are you reading right now?
A: Like everyone else on the planet, Murakami’s 1Q84. Also, Selected Works of Elinor Wylie (a collection of poetry), 3191 (a quarterly) and Plenty (a cookbook).
Q: What are you always on the look-out for when on your travels?
A: The perfect American beach town. A good leather walking shoe. And old wooden spoons.
Q: What makes a place Designtripper worthy?
A: There is no official criteria. It could be the old furniture and stores in an old hotel or the way the owner has arranged and cared for every little detail that appeals to me. I want every experience highlighted on Designtripper to feel meaningful and special.
Q: We have to ask: what spot is absolute paradise to you?
A: Maine in the summertime with my family.