As the founder of Petite Passport, Pauline Egge travels the world in search of stylish places to eat, shop, and stay—and has racked up a huge following in the process. The journalist and photographer, known for her keen eye for design, has also created city guides that feature her "tried & tested" hotspots she finds on her travels; New York, Paris, Copenhagen, Barcelona, London, and Amsterdam are even available online as instant downloads (from $20). Here, she dishes on her favorite souvenirs, why she can't leave home without her iPhone, and more.
Aisle or window?
Aisle. It feels more spacious and if you need to go to the toilet it isn't such a hassle to work your way out. Sometimes, when I fly to a place with a superb skyline (like Barcelona) or view (like the Greek islands), I choose a window seat in the hopes of taking some pretty pictures.
Check or carry-on?
If I'm going away for a few days, I bring a carry-on because I like to travel as light as possible. But if I'm away for more than a week, I always check my baggage. I like to take home some souvenirs.
What electronics do you always pack?
I can't travel without my iPhone. Everything is on it: my electronic boarding passes, maps, hotel reservations, photo roll, meditations, music, and Instagram.
What are your tips for fitting souvenirs in your suitcase?
Pack a monotone palette for your clothes, such as blue and white. This way, you can plan different outfits with the same garments. And wear the heavy items and fold the rest of your clothes into tiny little rolls. (And make sure to pack wrinkle-free items.) That will save a lot of space for other things, like great souvenirs!
Favorite souvenir from your travels:
I like to collect stuff like business cards, post cards, coasters, and menus. When I look at them, it makes me think back to that journey. The Story Hotel in Stockholm sells the most amazing ceramic mugs for tea. I bought four of them years ago and I still drink out of them. When I'm in a city with a Le Labo store I buy Santal 33, my favorite perfume. And when I wash my hands with the Geranium soap from Meyer's, I always think of my stay at The Urban Cowboy in Brooklyn.
What's the most romantic destination you've visited?
Comporta in Portugal, an hour south of Lisbon. The beach is long and wide, the fish is delicious, and the nature is perfect. We've stayed at Cabanas no Rio, two fishermen's huts that have been converted into modern accommodations. In one of the huts, there's a kitchen and living room, and in the other there's the bed and bathroom. It's in the middle of nowhere and in the morning a lovely woman comes to your door to make you breakfast.
Most romantic meal?
I love Toto in Barcelona. The atmosphere is warm and cozy, but it's the food that is really amazing. Try the tasting menu and you will be "oohing" and "aahing" the whole evening. Dishes might include a soup made of cherries and the tenderest meat you've ever eaten.
How do you prepare for a long flight?
Drink lots of water before and glass of water every hour when you're on board. It's important to stay hydrated—it seems to help beat a jetlag faster as well. And I usually check out the entertainment app of my airline before my flight so I can look forward to the new movies.
What are your tips for planning a once in a lifetime trip?
Do plan, but don't over-plan. It will bring extra value to the journey when you leave space for the unexpected. It's a small thing, but it makes the trip way more relaxing than when you're rushing from one thing to another—like ticking off you're to-do list at home.
What camera do you recommend?
A compact Canon like the Powershot G9 X. You don't want to carry a heavy camera with you when something small can make beautiful pictures. You can even upload the pictures quickly to your phone to share on Instagram. And the iPhone is easy—I use it for all of my Instagram photos. I always have it in my hand so when I see something interesting I can just point and shoot.
What are your go-to travel apps?
Definitely Citymapper because you can find your way in the city and there's an offline metro map as well.
What are your in-flight beauty tips?
In addition to drinking water, keep your skin hydrated with the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, a real treat during a long flight.
How do you look refreshed after a long flight?
How do you fight jet lag?
By drinking a lot of water and keeping up with the local rhythm. It's really hard to stay awake when you arrive in Hong Kong at 6 a.m. and it feels like it's time to go to bed. Be outside, take a walk, and try to go to sleep at 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. When I wake up in the middle of the night I tend to do a sleep meditation or drink a warm cup of tea.
Best ways for killing time during a layover?
I can spend ages in a bookstore, so I just go there and read some magazines and books. I also try to come up with people-watching games, like counting how many stare at their screens or are really beautiful, or guessing where they come from.
Where are you going next?
For this regular series, we reach out to globetrotting travel bloggers, chefs, designers, and other tastemakers to find out everything from their go-to gadgets and in-flight beauty secrets to the most romantic meal they've ever had. Because who better to share their insight about how to have an unforgettable honeymoon (or really, any future vacation as a married couple) than those who have spent a lot of time on the road?