Fathom Questionnaire: Emily Fiffer
by Emily Fiffer
Favorite destinations: Galapagos, Toronto, Sun Valley, Morocco, Utrecht, Greece, Berlin.
Bizarre travel rituals: I immediately unpack when I arrive at my destination and do the same when I return home. Otherwise I get hives.
In-flight relaxation regime: Fresh Air podcast + Saveur/Bon Appetit/New Yorker/Times + scarf.
Always in carry-on: Lip balm.
Concierge or DIY? DIY.
See it all or take it easy? Depends on the day.
Drive or be driven? Drive on the right side of the road; be driven on the left.
Travel hero: My grandma.
Weirdest thing seen on travels: Probably a pair of drag queens making out at Heathrow Airport. I was 13, traveling with my grandma, and awkwardly stunned.
Best hotel amenity: Heated towel racks. Rain showers. Nighttime chocolates. Morning papers.
Dying to visit: New Zealand, Iceland, Buenos Aires, Spain, Copenhagen, Nice.
I always bring home jewelry, scarves, spices, and wine.
Everywhere I go, I check out the grocery store.
I dream about my meal at Origin in Toronto.
When I arrive in a new place, I learn the lay of the land by buying a map, pretending to read it, and winging it instead. Sometimes getting lost is the best part.
If I never return to Newark it'll be too soon because I grew up hearing my mom call it "the armpit of the east coast."
I travel for the detours.