Forms of identification: Garance Doré
Garance Doré walking the streets of Milan, Italy.
Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
1. Where would you rather be right now?
Working from my home in Corsica, tucked in the shade under an olive tree. With a glass of rosé and my dog sleeping at my feet.
2. Famous person (dead or alive, real or fictional) you’d most like to go on a trip with:
3. Everyone asks what’s #1 on your list of places you want to go before you die. But what’s your #3?
I've always wanted to go to Tahiti, to experience the feeling of paradise on Earth.
4. You’d be mortified if people knew you did what when you travelled?
I love to put on a poignant movie on the plane and cry like a baby. Being in the air enhances emotions I guess – I get so emotional. I actually love it.
5. Your most stranded, “oh-my-[deity]” travel moment:
In remote Morocco, on our way to the burial of my grandmother. It was the middle of the night with my mother and stepfather in one of the local "taxis". The taxi stopped in a village to get gas, but there was no gas station there and it was pitch dark. The driver asked my stepfather to take his cash and come with him to a bare brick house. I was alone with my mother in the dark. As our eyes adjusted, we realised that all the cars around us were filled with men, looking at us. I held my mom’s hands for the five longest minutes of my life. Then my stepfather and the taxi driver came back with a can of gas and we were back on the road.
6. Best (or worst) person/people you’ve had to sit next to while travelling:
I started travelling alone at 15 years old. So young that smoking on the plane to some countries was still authorised. It made me feel like a big girl to ask for a smoker’s seat.
One day I spent 10 hours of travel next to a guy smoking a giant cigar. I had no idea you could smoke a cigar for so long. I was sick, but so young that I didn’t dare do anything to stop him. I never booked a smoking seat again.
7. Strangest meal abroad:
I love to dive in Corsica, get urchins with my hands and eat them right there on the rocks. Some people find that disgusting, I think. I find it to be the best thing in the world.
8. If someone was visiting your town, what’s the one thing you’d show them?
Top of the Rock is quite something.
9. Travel-related invention you wish existed:
Not having to worry about luggage. A simple service that would get your stuff from your home and deliver it at your destination. You could leave light as can be. That would change my travel life.
10. Your most embarrassing travel faux pas:
I was hitchhiking through Europe with my boyfriend and everything was going great. Italians are the best in the world for hitchhiking – so nice we would end up eating at home with their moms. Then we arrived in Austria and got totally stuck. People would look at us like we were crazy for having our thumb out. We felt super stupid. Plus thunderstorms came. We hopped on a train to get out of there.
11. Material thing you miss the most when away from home:
12. Most unique souvenir:
13. Most unusual item you have travelled with:
Corsican cheese. Very, very smelly!
14. Coolest mode of transport you’ve taken:
15. The place you don’t want anyone to know about but are willing to divulge here:
Corsica – I want to take Anthony Bourdain there.
16. Travel-related film or book that inspires you to pack your bags:
Books by French author Le Clezio. He formed my taste for travel. He described travelling in such a way that made me want to go away.
17. The travel story you’ll never stop bragging about:
Travelling to Syria. It's my only experience of a country untouched by mass tourism. I was lucky enough to get a visa. Going there was what travelling in the 1950s must have been like: people opening their doors to you, asking you so many questions because you'd "seen the world", sharing their stories and their amazing culture. I will never forget that beautiful country.
18. Lay on us a priceless bit of travel advice or wisdom:
I never buy guides. I always talk to strangers. Humour is the most universal language in the world. Get lost. Get lost.