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Posh Adventurer: Henrietta Loyd

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Founder, Cazenove+Loyd

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The founder of U.K.-based Cazenove+Loyd, a specialist in tailor-made luxury adventure travel, reveals her travel style. 

Let’s play spin the globe—name the one place you’ve always wanted to go. Patagonia.

What’s your spirit city? (Where do you want to return to over and over?)

Do you have a travel ritual?
On long haul flights, I take a nonprescription sleeping pill and have a glass of wine and try and sleep.

Do you maintain any routines from home while traveling or does it all go out the window?
Pretty much all goes out of the window as I get fully absorbed into wherever I am. 

An early trip to St. Petersburg, Russia sparked Loyd’s passion for travel
Sorry, you only get to eat one regional cuisine for the rest of your life. What is it?
Thai Green Curry.

What one piece of advice would you give to someone traveling abroad for the first time?
Go with an open mind.

Describe your travel personality in three words.
Energized and inquisitive.

Are your trips very planned, or very spontaneous?
Due to the nature of my job they are planned. However things change on research trips so spontaneity has to be part of the understanding. 

What's the one travel souvenir you'd save in a fire?
My picture by Diago, an acclaimed Cuban contemporary artist.

What book/movie most inspired you to travel?
West with the Night by Beryl Markham.

Who’s your ideal travel partner?
My 17-year-old daughter. It is so inspiring to watch her embrace all the things that I love about travelling.

Which travel experience do you prefer: plugged in or unplugged?

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What’s a custom from another culture that you’d love to implement in your life back home?
Having a siesta in the afternoons. It totally energizes one for the rest of the day.

What’s the first thing you seek out in a new place?
My bedroom. I like to dump my luggage and then explore.

What’s the one thing you indulge in on a trip that you don’t at home?
A massage—it is a luxury to have the time to really relax and enjoy the treatment.

What’s your first travel memory?
A school trip to St. Petersburg in the 70’s. This started my love of adventure and travel.

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