Living A Location Independent Lifestyle
Claire Blumenthal never felt comfortable in her small hometown. When she was eighteen her parents shipped her off to school abroad and she never looked back. It's been almost thirteen years since Claire traded in her mother's apron strings for freedom and adventure. Here, Claire tells us just a bit about a life lived in hotels and out of suitcases.
Q: How do you integrate work with travel and how do you find a balance between work and travel?
A: I know myself, and I know what I need. I know when booking a hotel, I need a desk and a quiet place with wi-fi to work. People always tell me that they are so jealous of my lifestyle because they think I am always simply traveling. What they don’t realize is that while there are a lot of parties and restaurants to go to 24/7 in Dubai, I am here with a goal in mind. I am here to work, to get shit done and with a goal in mind. The same way anyone lives in one city has a routine and circle of friends; I have a set of friends and lifestyle that spans the globe.
Q: How has travel given you an edge in life?
A: I have learned patience. I have learned confidence. I have learned that if I go to a new a new city, I can figure out my way in that city. That gives me a sense of empowerment. It’s made me a better person because it has taught me not to judge people and learn how to deal with all types of people. If you can’t learn to deal with new people and all types of them, then what am I doing here? It sounds so cliché, but it has made me a better person because I am forced to think “outside of the box” and adapt to anything. I think it has made me appreciate things more, including family. I’m grateful for the little things and luxuries.
Q: What are your absolute essentials you need to have to make travel more comfortable? What do you have in your arsenal; whether it be a ritual you do or something special that you bring with you that makes constant travel more comfortable and luxurious?
A: When my suitcase is packed for Dahab, Egypt it looks completely different than if I’m going to Dubai. My essentials are a little black purse, a charcoal mask for facials, my laptop, Tom’s and sneakers for walking and my Kindle for reading books.
Q: What places that you have yet to visit that are on your bucket list?
A: I love flowers and anyplace that incorporate flowers brings me to my “happy place.” So definitely Holland and Amsterdam are on my list. Anywhere in Italy. I’d love to go back to Mallorca and stop at every little restaurant and café with a partner. I’d love to go back to Sri Lanka and go to the elephant sanctuary in Pinawala. I loved hearing the life of the animals in the jungle.
Q: What are your favorite foods that you’ve eaten around the globe? What have been some of your favorite dining experiences?
A: Mahshi in Egypt. Makloubeh in the West Bank. Shwarma and Iced coffee in Israel. Fish and chips in England.
Q: What does your ultimate dream job look like ? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: My dream job is this magazine. Being editor in chief. Bringing culture back as a norm. Influencing young men and women to be better and to respect themselves. Especially in the way they dress. The clothes make the man is what I've always thought. Put a girl in a feminine dress, and she's a lady. Put her in jeans and a jersey, and she's one of the guys. I want people to know you can be a feminist and still have good taste. I want to have my men and women's fashion lines in 5 years. Working out of southern France or Spain perhaps. And to have the magazine be print published and not digital.
Q: As a global citizen and as a truly global woman who has lived in such contrasting cultures: How can we relate to others who perhaps think differently than us?
A: In all things, be kind.