When I was home in Arizona, I met my friend Jena for a walk with her new baby. We've been friends now for about 13 years and I always love seeing her. I was telling her about all my different projects and focus on hotels.
She said something that really resonated with me. "If a hotel isn't a lot better than my home, I don't want to stay there."
This is my reality now. I've gotten to stay at some incredible hotels around the world and loved it. In college, I stayed at some really terrible hostels while backpacking and loved every minute of it then. But not anymore.
My apartment in New York is small and I can't wait for a new one next year. But it's my home, my bed, my DVR, my books, my clothes, my refrigerator. I just don't want to go through the hassle of traveling unless it's to stay somewhere really distinctive, fabulous, and unique to the location. This doesn't mean five stars only. It means I need the experience to be worth the trade-off of leaving my home.
I am going to Moscow in a couple of weeks. The process of getting a Russian visa was convoluted and heinous, to be nice. But I'm staying at the Ritz-Carlton Moscow at the edge of the Red Square and the Kremlin. When I wanted to throw in the towel, I thought of the history, beauty, and opportunity to learn the story of Moscow in this setting. The trade-off is worth it.
Jena & me at our ten-year high school reunion