Meet the Writer: Allison Hatfield
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Occupation: Writer / Editor / Dreamer
Favorite destinations: Paris, Buenos Aires, French Polynesia, and any place with a white sand beach.
Dying to visit: Namibia
Bizarre travel rituals: I have to clean the house top to bottom before I leave for a trip.
In-flight relaxation regime: I take off my shoes, put my book and a bottle of water in the seat pocket in front of me, and buckle up.
Always in carry-on: Several books.
Concierge or DIY? DIY, even though it doesn't serve me well.
See it all or take it easy? Take it easy. Sure I miss a lot, but I don't actually care.
Drive or be driven? Be driven.
Travel hero: My friend Christine, who travels 285 days a year. I don't know how she does it.
Weirdest thing seen on travels: In Savannah, Georgia, our hotel caught on fire and we all had to be moved to a new hotel. It was so bizarre to stand on the curb and watch as fire fighters put the fire out. Then we were all led by a police officer up the dark stairwell to our rooms to retrieve our belongings.
Best hotel amenity: Room service.
I dream about my meal at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.
Everywhere I go, I check out the supermarkets, flea markets, and art musuems.
When I arrive in a new place, I learn the lay of the land by walking, walking, walking.
I always bring home art.
If I never return to Mexico City it'll be too soon because I couldn't be convinced not to drink the water.
I travel for the adventure — and the coming home.
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A Minibar Christmas - Lisbon, Portugal