Fathom Questionnaire: Heather Taylor
Hometown: Hollywood, California.
Occupation: Art gallery owner/art consultant, writer.
Favorite destinations: Mexico, Greece, the South of France, Big Sur, Palm Springs, Ojai.
Dying to visit: Morocco.
Bizarre travel rituals: I get nervous that I'll run out of reading material, so I overcompensate by bringing along more magazines than I can comfortably carry.
In-flight relaxation regime: I unpack my essentials, kick off my shoes, and try to try to make myself feel at home.
Always in carry-on: A bottle of water, a cashmere shawl, and an issue of Vanity Fair for high-class gossip (it takes the edge off).
Concierge or DIY? DIY with a splash of concierge.
See it all or take it easy? Take it easy with a splash of see it all.
Drive or be driven? Drive!
Travel hero: Travel writer Jan Morris and artist Shelia Hicks (she made miniature weavings based on her travels).
Weirdest thing seen on travels: A turtle laying eggs under a full moon on the beach in Tulum, Mexico. Lightning was striking in the distance and the scene was completely epic.
Best hotel amenity: A fantastic spa and big, fluffy robes. And great coffee in the morning.
I dream about my meal at an organic farm on the island of Crete. There was no menu and we were served the most divine meal of local rosé wine, stewed lamb, green beans, and tomatoes.
Everywhere I go, I check out the local markets in search of treasures.
When I arrive in a new place, I learn the lay of the land by going on a long walk.
I always bring home locally made goods and new ingredients I can cook with.
If I never return to Guatemala, it'll be too soon because when I visited in 2005, I returned to Los Angeles with a nasty parasite that lasted longer than I care to admit.
I travel for the inspiration.