How I Travel: Andie MacDowell Adores Free Lobby Coffee

I watch so many movies. I’ll usually try to scan for something that I’ve missed that I wanted to see that I’m really excited about watching. I also find that I enjoy, if I’ve been working, just that quiet time to sit on a plane. You can catch up, you […]

I watch so many movies. I’ll usually try to scan for something that I’ve missed that I wanted to see that I’m really excited about watching. I also find that I enjoy, if I’ve been working, just that quiet time to sit on a plane. You can catch up, you read. Sometimes, I will sit and watch five movies in a row, and then I’ll get off the plane and I’ll be so tired because I stayed awake the whole time and I’ve changed time zones. Sleep deprived, I’ll sit there and have to try to remember what I watched.

What she prioritizes when planning a vacation:

So many of my trips have been work-related, and I turned them into nice family trips in the past, when my children were little. But if I’m taking a trip for myself, I’m not a real big sit person. I like activities. I went to India with a friend of mine and we were busy every day. From morning to night, we were out going to places and seeing places. That’s the kind of trip I like. I’m not a real relaxed person, I’m not a lay-on-the-beach person. That’s hard for me, but I have done it. I’ve gone to Tulum on a yoga retreat—that way I’m doing yoga in the morning and yoga at night, then I can chill out. But I’m the kind of person who likes to keep moving. I’d love to do a Patagonia hiking trip. That, to me, sounds like fun.

A place she could go a million times and not be sick of it:

Paris, without a shadow of a doubt. And I’ve been lucky—because I work at L’Oreal, I’ve been able to go a lot. One of the things that brings me the greatest joy and pleasure is to take someone with me, because I feel like I’m a really good guide for showing people around. I know how to walk places and what to see. Going to all the museums, and definitely Rodin’s gardens and little cafes, and taking them to Angelina’s to get hot chocolate. The architecture there will always blow my mind. It just looks so surreal, especially when you come from America, which is so young, and we don’t really have anything like that. From my experience, and I’ve seen a lot, it’s still the most beautiful city.

Her favorite passport stamps:

When I first started modeling, I had to have pages put in my passport because they used them all. I wish I still had that passport. It was just covered, covered in stamps. I think I’m most proud of where I’ve been in Africa, because not many people have been to some of the places I’ve been in Africa. I’ve been to Senegal, Cameroon, Kenya. God, when I was 23—40 years ago—with Grace Coddington for English Vogue with [photographer] Albert Watson, it was the trip of a lifetime. I went sailing in Greece with Grace. In Kenya, we had our tent next to the Mara River. We had dinner every night cooked for us. It was just us! It was phenomenal. Having the opportunity for these really unique experiences—we used to do these things as models, early on. I don’t know how often they do that anymore.

On urging her kids to travel with her now:

I really want to do Hawaii because my son always wanted to go to Hawaii and we did it for his senior trip. Oh my god, it was like a comedy act. We stayed in the worst hotel. We went hiking down a volcano, and it was late at night when they dropped us off, and I looked down and we were on top of the volcano. I still have nightmares! The whole senior class, along with my two daughters who went on the trip, were standing on top of lava. So we got off, and nobody died. But I really want to do Hawaii [again]. I would love to take them, that’s my fantasy, but I can’t get my kids together. I’d suggest to every parent, to just do it, as much as you can, before they leave. Because you can’t get them back. It’s heartbreaking. Hindsight! I did a lot, we did a lot. We just didn’t do everything I wish we would’ve done. We didn’t do the Grand Canyon; I’m really sad about that, too.

The hotel amenity that’s most important to her:

Room coffee. And it doesn’t matter if it’s a Marriott or the Crillon. I like free coffee. I will go down [to the lobby] and get my coffee. But I hate paying $30 for a thing of coffee, which I end up having to do if I stay in those fancy places. I really like Marriott, because I get my free coffee. I’m capable of picking up dry cleaning, too! I think that’s the biggest waste of money in those fancy hotels.

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