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The Checklist

The Checklist

What are your favorite "smug offices”?
Lara: The Library at The NoMad in New York City
Lindsey: The Battery in San Francisco

What's the most off-the-grid travel experience you've had lately?
Lara: The closest I get to off the grid is at a friends house with limited cell reception - it’s partly torturous and partly glorious.
Lindsey: The most off the grid I’ve gotten recently was to Parrot Cay in Turks & Caicos but only due to the Wifi being fairly spotty.

Akin to Super Bowl winners saying, "I'm going to Disneyland!" after the big game, what's the one destination you immediately think of as a reward after a big launch or product release?
Lara: Paris
Lindsey: Anguilla

Do you have any favorite travel hacks?
Lara: Pre-pay for Wifi for a much better deal.
Lindsey: Get a credit card that covers your checked baggage fees (though carry on is so much easier).

What are your thoughts on out-of-office messages? Leave one? Don't leave one? Keep it simple? Make it poetic?
Lara: Sadly as co-founders, we generally have to be somewhat available so we rarely leave an out of office message unless we will be completely without service.
Lindsey: We rarely leave one but if we do we make it short and simple with the information people need and the best contact to help while we are away.  

Minibar pinata

We've seen designer sunglasses, art kits and even gold-plated sex toys(!) in minibars. What's the best thing you've seen in a hotel minibar?
Lara: I never look at the hotel mini-bar anymore...Minibar is so much better!
Lindsey: Who looks at the hotel minibar when you could order Minibar??!!

If you were to embark on the ultimate booze-filled getaway, where would you go and why?
Lara: Wine tasting in Tuscany for a classy drinking destination.
Lindsey: The champagne region of France for lots of bubbly!

What's your go-to pre-flight drink? What about your favorite in-flight beverage?  
Lara: All about the pre-flight / in-flight Smart Water.
Lindsey: We prefer to save our travel cocktails for arrival.

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