How One Designer and Her Husband Keep a Yearly Travel Pact
Lindsey getting ready to bike her way around Cophenhagen.
Back in 2012, Lindsey Mortensen, who creates buttery soft recycled leather handbags under the name Larsen & Lund, and her husband Hrishikesh Hirway made a deal: They would travel to one new international spot every single year. So far, these two have covered a lot of ground, hitting Australia, Norway, India, and most recently Denmark (her all-time favorite so far), and she has four solid pieces of advice if you’re looking to jet-set in her footsteps.
“After traveling to Portugal for our honeymoon, my husband Hrishi and I made this pact, and one stipulation we made was that it should be a country that neither of us had ever been to so we could experience it for the first time together. That eliminated quite a few places from the beginning and made us look at destinations that we may not have originally thought about.”
PRIORITIZE WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU
“Hrishi doesn’t particularly enjoy swimming or hanging out at the beach, so we’ve focused on traveling to places that we will both enjoy. Luckily, that’s not hard because we’re both interested in food, art, design, and discovery. I start my planning by choosing the hotel because, for us, the place where you stay and sleep is the most important thing—it shapes the overall experience. That also helps narrow it down when we’re overwhelmed by location choices.”
One stop on Lindsey's coffee shop challenge.
DO THE LEGWORK ON LOCALS
“I’m a big lover of fashion, so I always research who the local designers are and what stores carry them when going to a new country. I’ve found that this usually leads me to neighborhoods that are full of cute boutiques, restaurants, and cafes. Solid design, art, and food often go hand in hand. My personal favorite spot that we’ve visited was Copenhagen, where this strategy worked out great. We loved wandering down the street Jægersborggade in Nørrebro. There were all these lovely little places that carried local ceramic and textile artists, as well as clothing boutiques and vintage shops. We also stumbled across this great consignment shop called Veras, which was conveniently (and dangerously!) located across our hotel, Hotel SP34. That’s also where we found the delicious, unpretentious restaurant Manfreds.”
PLAN A FUN CHALLENGE
“It’s great to have a kind of scavenger-hunt goal in mind when you’re in a new place. For example, being a lover of all things coffee, I attempted to visit each and every Coffee Collective location in Copenhagen. There are four, and I made it to three. Their coffee was amazing, and it was fun to have a little mini-quest to give us a reason to venture into different neighborhoods.”