Fathom Questionnaire: Paula de la Cruz
Hometown: New York, for the past 20 years. (I was born in Mendoza, Argentina).
Occupation: Designer and writer.
Favorite destinations: Bhutan, Chile, Bangkok, Argentina. But I'm fickle: My favorite destination is usually my latest trip.
Dying to visit: China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Burma, Finland.
Bizarre travel rituals: I always do a mini-facial at duty-free with cleansing lotion and lather on thick moisturizer before getting on the plane. I also try on several perfumes in case the plane smells.
In-flight relaxation regime: Pills. I'm not even sure if the cocktail I take is altogether doctor-approved...
Always in carry-on: Anti-bacterial wipes, a neck pillow, two inflatable foot rests, mask, earplugs.
Concierge or DIY? Both.
See it all or take it easy? Take it easy, focusing on a few things in depth.
Drive or be driven? Be driven.
Travel hero: My husband James Sturz. He has boundless energy and tries everything at least once but mostly twice.
Weirdest thing seen on travels: I saw a man in Vienna chewing on chip wood at a cafeteria, and he wasn't homeless.
I dream about my meal at Yam'Tcha in Paris.
Everywhere I go, I check out the art or paper supply stores.
When I arrive in a new place, I learn the lay of the land by taking a walk with a map.
I always bring home textiles, bizarre sauces, lots of seeds, beach shells.
If I never return to Homestead, Florida, it'll be too soon because everything is fried with ketchup.
I travel for the culture.