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Why Are We Obsessed with Being in a Constant State of Travel?

Episode Summary

Join us, Editor-in-Chief India Dowley and Content Editor Fleur Rollet-Manus as we share tips on how to bring a little travel into your daily lives. Discussing the food we’re stuffing in our faces – we talk a lot about eating in this one – and the books we haven’t been able to put down, we’re exploring why we’re so obsessed with the constant state of travel.

Episode Notes

What do two travel editors do when they’re faced with months of lockdown and lots of paused plans? We side-step tie-dye projects and sourdough starters in favour of creating our own at-home adventures.

For the past few months, we’ve fantasised about travel more than ever. Whether rustling up our favourite dishes from the Amalfi Coast, immersing ourselves in diverse cultures through literature or binging on Netflix’s globe-trotting flicks, we’ve become obsessed with incorporating travel into our daily lives. Join us, Editor-in-Chief India Dowley and Content Editor Fleur Rollet-Manus, as we discuss how you can do the same. 

We catch up with chef Tom Brown, the culinary creative behind Hackney Wick’s hit restaurant Cornerstone. He talks to us about his travels in Japan, secret beaches in Mexico and reveals how to nail the recipe for those crab crumpets

We’ll also be revealing the European hotels we’re checking into as lockdown measures ease.

We’d love to know where you’re travelling next and how you think the travel landscape might change post-pandemic. Send your voice notes to or drop us a DM on Instagram @indiadowley and @fleur_rm. For a daily dose of travel inspiration, check in with us at

Links and notes from the episode 

Peckish and in need of a chef-approved snack? Try whipping up one of these recipes from our favourite chefs.

… or one of these global plates:

Add to your lockdown library with our Sub Editor Rae’s well-curated selection:

Support your lock bookstore and buy your stash from one of these independents:

Combining our love of food and literature, dig in to one of these SUITCASE-approved cookbooks:

Find out when our favourite European hotels are opening here:

Netflix and chill more your bag? Tune into these far-flung flicks:

Or if you’re after something more avant-garde, these are the museums and galleries you can (virtually) wander from home:

Chef Tom Brown’s favourite spots





Henne Kirkeby Kro


… and don’t forget the Shibanuma soy sauce

India and Fleur’s top picks and recommendations


Educated by Tara Westwood

Alone in Antarctica by Felicity Aston

Walls of Change: The Story of the Wynwood Walls by Jessica Goldman Srebnick 

What I was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman

Women Alone: Travel Tales from Around the Globe by Faith Conlon 

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo 

Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights by Gretchen Sorin 

Our favourite European hotels:

La Bastide de Fléchon
Provence, France

Torre del Marqués

Teruel, Spain

Sublime Comporta

Comporta, Portugal


Avelengo, Italy