Chic Traveler:  Marla Maples

Occupation:  Actress, songwriter/singer, radio & talk show host, deep thinker, seeker and lover of the Divine in all!

Hometown:  Bicoastal at last and looking forward to more time exploring the world & its many inhabitants!

Dream destination?

Machu Picchu

What’s always inside your carry on?

Lots of vitamins

What’s on your plane play list?

Abraham Hicks/Eckhart Tolle

Your guilty pleasure while traveling?

Airport massages

The Stephanie Johnson bag / bags that always make the trip?

The ML Traveler is a personal fave.  I also use a jewelry roll and just recently picked up a Katie Folding Cosmetic.  All I can load up!!

Any tips or must-pack items for making your hotel feel more like home?

I always bring a mini-aromatherapy candle and my spiritual books including the Zohar!


Is there a particular destination that inspires your creativity?

Anywhere in the mountains, by the sea or flowing rivers . . . but especially when they are together like Big Sur, the Oregon coastline or the Rockies.

What’s the most stylish city/locale you’ve visited?  Anywhere in particular where the fashion/beauty/women’s personal style really blew you away?

I love Rome and how freely the women express their style.

Any travel misadventures you’d like to share?

The time Tiffany and I took a slow ferry to Tangier, Morocco with our filmmaker friend Marek.  We were so excited to be in this mystical land, we were going to eat couscous, drink tea, shop the bazaar and Marek planned to take many photos of our adventure.  Well he got his photos, as we paused to take a breath while running through the tiny stone pathways from the local men who were not too happy with Americans at the time.  The most frightening time in my life, but we have amazing photos!

If you were introducing a world traveling friend to SJ for the first time, what’s the first piece you’d recommend they buy?

All of them!

Is there a favorite possession you’ve acquired during your travels?

Anything from Africa hand made by locals.

Your personal travel style: (Do you like a luxury resort? A private hideaway? Do you prefer to lie on the beach? Explore the countryside?)

I love adventure . . .  and spiritual journeys.  I’m much happier taking a trip with purpose.  Traveling across Israel on a sacred trek, visiting orphanages in Malawi, or exploring ancient pathways in Spain or Italy.


Your happy place / Favorite travel destination? 

The Galilee in Israel or just being home on the streets of New York!

Do you have a favorite menu item you indulge in when you’re on the road?  Perhaps a dish or a type of cuisine you can’t get back home?

I try to be adventurous with eating and go for what the locals love.

How do you pack for a trip? (Are you a list maker? Do you pack in outfits? Throw caution to the wind and shop when you arrive?)

My fantasy is to experience the last description . . .  be that free spirit!

 Favorite pre-travel or travel-friendly beauty routine?

My Galvanic Spa

First drink in the air:  H2O, champagne or OJ?

Water, then perhaps a glass of red.  Then more water, water, water. . .

Go-to luggage brand?

Briggs & Riley

Plane food or bring your own?

Bring my own when I have time to cook it up, or wrap it up, but I always order non-dairy veg. just in case.

Any tips for breezing through airport security?

Lots of smiles & fun – leave the stress behind.

Window or aisle?

Gave up the window when Tiffany, my daughter, was old enough to ask.

Your flight’s delayed:  best way to kill time at the airport?

Catching up on emails, texts, and calls.

Next on your Stephanie Johnson wish list?

An iPad cover.  But first I need the iPad!