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  • <h2>Janice Jordan and Dawn Lynch-Goodwin, co-founders of <a href='http://www.minxnails.com/' target='_blank'>Minx, Inc.</a></h2><br />
This innovative pair created Minx, a revolutionary manicure in which foil is adhered to nails for a fashionable, no-mess result that's perfect for women on the go<br />
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<b>What is your favorite mode of travel? </b><br />
<i>Janice:</i> I really enjoy the train. When you travel by train you are able to see the surroundings and get the feel of the culture. It's also a nice break and a chance to catch up on things when you’re in the middle of a busy trip. Train rides always make me feel like I'm on a grand adventure that's fun and exciting, instead of just rushing from one place to the next.<br />
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<b>When traveling, do you plan ahead or plan as you go? </b><br />
<i>Dawn:</i> We do both. It is always good to have some things planned, such as meetings and places of interest to visit, but you should leave some free time to fit in unexpected things that always pop up.<br />
  • <b>What are the travel essentials that you can't live without?</b><br />
<i>Janice: </i>I always bring my portable travel speakers (shown here, <a href='https://www.ihomeaudio.com/iDM8RC/' target='_blank'>iHome iDM8 rechargeable portable Bluetooth speakers</a>). They take up a bit of room in my bag, but they help to create an atmosphere. And of course, I always bring lots of Minx—and my creativity! So many of our designs are inspired by places we've been and amazing things we've seen.<br />
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<b>What destination do you think will be the 'it' vacation spot for 2012?</b><br />
<i>Dawn:</i> Asia! It is such a booming and exciting continent at the moment.<br />
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<i>Janice:</i> I absolutely love Costa Rica. It's such a beautiful place with gorgeous beaches, warm water and friendly people.<br />
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(Photo credit: iHome)
  • <h2>Rosena Sammi, Rosena Sammi Jewelry</h2> <br />
Celebrities like Rihanna, Naomi Watts and Jessica Alba covet this New York-based designer's global-chic designs. <br />
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<b>When traveling, do you plan ahead or plan as you go? </b><br />
If it's for business, I have to plan ahead. As a small business owner, I am usually juggling a number of assignments at the same time! But if it's for pleasure, I like to plan as I go. The whole point of a vacation is to relax, and being spontaneous is a huge part of that. I am definitely not the person walking around with a guide and map trying to cover 10 tourist spots in one day.<br />
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<b>What destination do you think will be the 'it' vacation spot for 2012?</b><br />
Sri Lanka. I hail from this island paradise, and with the civil war behind us, we hope that the world rediscovers our gorgeous beaches and amazing culture. One of the hot spots is the private island resort of Taprobane—who wouldn't love to vacation on your own island?<br />
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(Photo credit: Victoria Will)<br />
  • <b>What are the travel essentials that you can't live without? </b><br />
My <a href='http://www.rosenasammi.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=560&category_id=13&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=71&vmcchk=1&Itemid=71' target='_blank'>“Chamba” necklace</a> (shown here). It's made of sandalwood covered in gold filigree. The aroma of sandalwood is a known relaxant, so the necklace doubles as a stress reliever for those tricky travel situations. It also goes with everything, from a white T-shirt to a little black dress. <br />
1. A picture of my daughter.<br />
2. A good book to read on the plane. Right now I'm reading Katherine Boo's Behind The Beautiful Forevers.<br />
3. Evian's Mineral Water Spray, because my skin gets so dehydrated on the plane.<br />
4. My “Om Mantra” scarf by Sir Alistair Rai. It doubles as a blanket on the plane—I  always get cold.<br />
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<b>Do you like to fly?</b><br />
I was born and raised in New Zealand, so I've been taking long flights on Air New Zealand since I was two years old. I'm trying to instill the same adventurous spirit in my daughter. Before she was two, she had already flown to China and New Zealand from the United States, and India is next. I love the attention she gets from the flight attendants on the plane. <br />
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(Photo credit: Ken Kronus)<br />
  • <h2>Suzanne Somersall of <a href='http://kirakirajewelry.com/' target='_blank'>KiraKira</a> by Suz Somersall </h2><br />
Places this Brooklyn-based designer has lived, including Italy, New Orleans and Japan, influence her elegant and striking jewelry. <br />
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<b>What is your favorite mode of travel? </b><br />
If it's scenic, I love to take the train when possible. The bullet train, Shinkansen, in Japan was amazing. It was so exciting to see different, and more rural, remote parts of Japan as we traveled from city to city. I loved watching the beautiful blue-tiled rooftops, rice fields and landscapes, even if I could only see for a second or two!<br />
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<b>When traveling, do you plan ahead or plan as you go?</b><br />
It's important to be informed, read guide books and ask locals or friends who have traveled there for their favorite spots. But it's also good to not be too regimented and just enjoy the experience. Make it your own and go off the beaten path. My husband and I would get lost exploring new places in Japan. We discovered areas that we loved, like the Hiroo embassy district, with it's wonderful mix of restaurants, upscale cafes and wine bars, like the Kenzo Estate tasting room.
  • <b>What are the travel essentials that you can't live without? </b><br />
When I lived in Japan I did a lot of 15+ hour flights, so it was important that I was comfortable and organized. Moisturizing my skin was essential! I loved the skin brightening products that were popular in Japan—they made me look refreshed and kept my skin from drying out. Shiseido's White Lucent brightening moisturizing emulsion and Chanel's Le Blanc illuminating base are both great ones! <a href='http://www.fresh.com/skincare/moisturizer-lips/sugar-rose-tinted-lip-treatment-spf-15' target='_blank'>Fresh's Sugar Rosé tinted lip treatment</a> (shown here) is another item I always bring with me when I travel. <br />
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Another one of my essentials is an authentic experience! For example, when I go to Kyoto I like to stay in a ryokan (a traditional Japanese inn). <a href='http://www.hiiragiya.co.jp/en/' target='_blank'>Hiiragiya</a> is a great example. The experience, along with the wonderful service, baths and gardens, is much more memorable than staying in a modern hotel. <br />
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I also always travel with my iPhone. Instagram is a great way to spontaneously capture moments and share them with my friends and family. <br />
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<b>What destination do you think will be the 'it' vacation spot for 2012?</b><br />
So many of my friends have raved about Cambodia and the beautiful ruins there. I would love to see Siem Reap and Angkor Wat.<br />
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(Photo Credit: Eric T. White)<br />
  • <h2>JesseRay and Garrett, co-owners of Sjobeck </h2><br />
This Malibu-based duo's pieces are laid-back and luxurious, making many of them perfect for travel. <br />
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<b>What is your favorite mode of travel?</b><br />
<i>JesseRay:</i> I love to fly Virgin America. It's the best airline I've ever been on. I particularly love that I don't have to wait for service, I just swipe my credit card and a couple of seconds later I have my food, blanket, movie and, sometimes, booze. <br />
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<b>What destination do you think will be the 'it' vacation spot for 2012?</b><br />
<i>Garrett: </i>Fiji. I want to plan a surfing trip there with my brother. <br />
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(Photo Credit: Stephen Buskin)<br />
  • <b>What are the travel essentials that you can't live without? </b><br />
<i>Garrett: </i>I absolutely have to bring my sleep sack (shown here, <a href='http://www.yaladesigns.com/travel/extra-roomy-opening-dreamsack' target='_blank'>DreamSack</a>). It’s like a sleeping bag, but it's made of silk. I hate sleeping in sheets that aren't mine. I also need to have a Sonicare toothbrush and a big bed. <br />
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<i>JesseRay:</i> I need to have my Sjobeck lounge pants. They look like black denim but they're as comfy as regular french terry sweat pants. They are extremely comfortable on the flight without looking sloppy. I also cannot live without a great hotel room. When you're on the go and tired, all you want is a super soft bed and a room that looks modern. Ambiance is so important when trying to relax. <br />
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(Photo credit: Yala)<br />
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  • <h2>Dimitri James, makeup artist and creator of <a href='http://skinn.com/dimitri-james/' target='_blank'>Skinn Cosmetics</a> </h2><br />
James’ work as a makeup artist for celebrities, runway shows, editorial features, television shows and music videos takes him around the world.<br />
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<b>What destination do you think will be the 'it' vacation spot for 2012?</b><br />
I think the U.S.A. is the spot! With a weak dollar and so much turmoil in other parts of the world, people will choose cities like New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. They will look to discover more of what we have to offer closer to home. The rest of the world will come here in droves as well. The weak dollar helps! <br />
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(Photo credit: Russell Baer Photography)<br />
  • <b>What are the travel essentials that you can't live without? </b><br />
Life on the road can be hectic, and I have learned that recreating my at-home rituals as closely as possible helps keep me balanced. I bring along all of my skincare—in full sizes—and set up my counter just as it is at home so that I don't miss a beat. I also bring along all my vitamins and my own shampoo because hotel shampoo tends to strip color. A small travel candle and my iPod (shown here, <a href='http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_ipod/family/ipod_classic' target='_blank'>iPod Classic</a>) give a hotel room more of an at-home feel <br />
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Two more items that are indispensable to me while traveling are melatonin and magnesium supplements. Melatonin helps me to maintain a healthy sleep pattern because it prevents jet lag. Traveling and food on the road can really disrupt the digestive system, and magnesium supplements help to keep things regular. No more travel bloat!<br />
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(Photo credit: Apple, Inc.)<br />
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  • <h2>Jennifer Low, Wanderlust + Co.</h2> <br />
This designer splits her time between Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur while working on her line of chic, eclectic accessories. <br />
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<b>When traveling, do you plan ahead or plan as you go? </b><br />
I definitely plan ahead. I love being able to look forward to all the different things to do, places to see and yummy restaurants to check out at my destination. <br />
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<b>What destination do you think will be the 'it' vacation spot for 2012?</b><br />
The Maldives, hands down. It is literally heaven on earth. It's one of the rare places I've been to where it looks just as good in real life as it does in pictures!<br />
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(Photo credit: Wanderlust + Co.)<br />
  • <b>What are the travel essentials that you can't live without?</b><br />
<a href='http://shop.sk-ii.com/SK-II-Facial-Treatment-Mask/00737052641430,default,pd.html?start=1&cgid=mask&navid=mask' target='_blank'>SK-II's Facial Treatment Mask</a> (shown here) revives even the most jet-lagged skin. I bring my iPod for entertainment and my BlackBerry Bold to stay in touch with work, family and friends. Bose's noise canceling headphones are also a must for long flights! <br />
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<b>What is your favorite mode of travel? </b><br />
Airplane—it signifies an exciting destination!<br />
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  • <h2>David Stark, <a href='http://www.davidstarkdesign.com/' target='_blank'>David Stark Design and Production</a> </h2><br />
His New York-based event design and planning firm caters to high-profile clients, from celebrities like Beyoncé Knowles and Jon Stewart to major corporations like Target and Condé Nast.<br />
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<b>When traveling, do you plan ahead or plan as you go? </b><br />
I do both. I am not a person to travel somewhere and wing it when it comes to my hotel, so I need to arrive with a cool place to stay. But I don't schedule activities in advance. I go with a list of things that I would love to do as a starting point, and then I let my nose lead.<br />
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<b>What destination do you think will be the 'it' vacation spot for 2012?</b><br />
Istanbul seems to be on everyone's lips. England, too! The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton started it in 2011, and the Olympics later this year will continue the excitement. Plus, London is one of the most fun and chic places ever!<br />
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(Photo credit: Seth Smoot)<br />
  • <b>What are the travel essentials that you can't live without?</b><br />
A sketchbook (shown here, <a href='http://www.moleskineus.com/sketchpocket.html' target='_blank'>Moleskine Classic Pocket Sketchbook</a>). Ideas and inspirations pop at every turn when I'm traveling, including when I'm sitting on a plane. <br />
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1. A roll of scotch tape. I use it to keep the lids of my tubes and bottles from opening while in transit.<br />
2. A list of the best shops and restaurants recommended by friends in-the-know.<br />
3. A glue stick for gluing clippings and inspirations into my sketch book.<br />
4. Muji's world travel plug adapter.<br />
5. Tons of magazines for the airplane, including all of the international shelter publications, from The World of Interiors to French Elle Decoration. <br />
6. Nighttime and daytime Theraflu to get rid of those airplane colds.<br />
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<b>What is your favorite mode of travel?</b><br />
I am one of those people who love being on an airplane. It's the place where I can truly disconnect and zone out. Preferably in a seat on the aisle and at the front of the bus.<br />
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(Photo credit: Moleskine®)<br />
  • <h2>Shayne Smith, Shayne Interior Design Group</h2>  <br />
This Los Angeles-based interior designer works with celebrities like Hayden Panettiere to decorate their lavish homes.<br />
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<b>When traveling, do you plan ahead or plan as you go</b>? <br />
I never like to plan unless it's a business meeting. I love to see what's going to happen next.<br />
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<b>What destination do you think will be the 'it' vacation spot for 2012?</b><br />
I'm not exactly sure where the next destination spot for 2012 will be, but I do want to lie on the beach for hours in Hawaii.<br />
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(Photo credit: Ilan Yehezkel)
  • <b>What are the travel essentials that you can't live without? </b><br />
Yves Saint Laurent's lipgloss and Shocking mascara. And their Touche Éclat complexion highlighter is amazing. I also always bring my Shiseido foundation (shown here, <a href=' http://www.shiseido.com/dual-balancing-foundation/9990000000016,default,pd.html&q=balancing%20foundation#!i%3D0%26color%3D00016_I00' target='_blank'>Shiseido Dual Balancing Foundation</a>).
  • <h2>David Klass and Gregg Corzine, co-founders of Archipelago Botanicals</h2> <br />
This pair's line of luxury bath, body and aromatherapy products are made of the finest natural ingredients from around the world. <br />
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<b>What is your favorite mode of travel?</b><br />
<i>David:</i> I’m a real sucker for trains. There's something about the motion, the ability to spread out and being let out in the center of a city, versus the airports, which are usually way out. I enjoy traveling by plane, too. No matter how many millions of miles I’ve flown, I’m in awe each and every time we take off and land. I also like taking taxis because taxi drivers are usually the best sources of local information. <br />
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<b>When traveling, do you plan ahead or plan as you go? </b><br />
<i>Gregg:</i> I plan my transportation in and out, and play kick the can with the rest of the trip. Flexibility leads to happiness.<br />
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(Photo credit: Archipelago Botanicals)<br />
  • <b>What are the travel essentials that you can't live without? </b><br />
<i>Gregg: </i><br />
1. An Archipelago travel candle (shown here, <a href='http://www.archipelago-usa.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductName=Fiji%20Mini%20Tin' target='_blank'>Archipelago Fiji Mini Tin</a>). <br />
2. Jeans for comfort. <br />
3. A cashmere scarf for warmth. <br />
4. A black T-shirt—it's a plain signature item that I don't go anywhere without. A guy can't mess up a black tee and a pair of jeans. <br />
5. A city shopping map so that I don't miss any popular stores. <br />
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<b>What destination do you think will be the 'it' vacation spot for 2012?</b><br />
David: It’s going to be hard to beat Europe. There are so many fabulous places to explore.<br />
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(Photo credit: Archipelago Botanicals)<br />
  • <h2>Jessica Rubin, StyleCaster Lifestyle Editor</h2><br />
Stylecaster’s resident travel expert writes about fashion, beauty, fitness and more for the digital media powerhouse.<br />
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<b>When traveling, do you plan ahead or plan as you go? </b><br />
I try to have a basic set of plans -- you don't want to be caught without simple things like a hotel room or knowing how to get a taxi in that particular city you're in. But whenever I try to micromanage a trip, the entire experience is lost on me. I love to leave myself a couple of days reserved solely for wandering, meeting locals and getting away from the more touristy areas.<br />
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<b>What destination do you think will be the 'it' vacation spot for 2012?</b><br />
The beaches of Brazil have been getting more and more attention and are the perfect mix of beauty with a dash of adventure and a whole lot of night life. I have a feeling spots like Praia de Sibaúma and Praia dos Nativos will start to become more popular with beach-loving travelers.<br />
  • <b>What are the travel essentials that you can't live without?</b><br />
My number-one travel essential is a camera (shown here, Sony Camera DSC-HX200V), which I have to have on me at all times. I'm always afraid that I'll turn a corner and find something amazing, but have no way to capture the moment. I also never travel without lots of layers (you never know when the weather will change), flats that I can walk for hours in (so I can be comfy and stylish at the same time) and an easygoing attitude, since the best discoveries while you're traveling happen when you least expect them.<br />
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<b>What is your favorite mode of travel? </b><br />
Despite the hassle of security and delays, I absolutely love to fly. I never really feel like I'm on vacation or truly taking a trip unless I feel the complete sense of removal that comes with getting on an airplane.
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Travel in Style

Travel season is well under way, and combined with the launch of Oribe Hair Care’s new Beautiful Color Travel Set (and, coming soon, purse size versions of Après Beach, Superfine and Imperméable), being on the go is definitely on our minds. While top-notch hair products are clearly a travel essential, we wanted to know what some of the top tastemakers in fashion, beauty, design and event planning won’t leave home without. We also asked them about their favorite ways to get around, how they plan for their trips and what they think will be the top vacation hotspots for 2012. Click through the slideshow above for ideas for your own spring and summer journeys. -Kara Murphy
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