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K.O

Interviewed by: Jack Moss
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Date: 18.06.2020

Stockholm-based Konrad Olsson is a writer and editor who, in 2017, founded Scandinavian MAN, a magazine which runs under the banner “style, innovation and equality”. With world travel on pause, he’s missing everything about his former life, from running along Santa Monica beach to al fresco coffee in Italy (and even the customs line at Newark airport).

» Travel right now can only be done in our imaginations. But when you dream about somewhere special – somewhere you love and can’t wait to return to – where is it and why?

Seeing how my two brothers in Los Angeles are spending their time when temperatures start to rise I get serious cravings. Running in Santa Monica, hiking in Malibu and just hanging out with the family.

» How are you fulfilling your wanderlust right now? Is there something you’ve been watching, or an Instagram account you’ve been following?

I gravitate to television shows with a clear geographical backdrop, something that really takes me away to another place. Westworld is one.

» Where is next on your bucket list?

We had to cancel two weeks in the Maldives in March due to the pandemic. I will reschedule that as soon as possible!

» What do you miss the most about travelling?

The little things. Arriving at a hotel lobby. Having coffee outside a small café in Florence, Italy. Heck, even just waiting in line for customs at Newark Airport.

» What is the hotel you keep returning to, and what makes it special?

The Standard in Los Angeles. The view over downtown – and then a short walk to drinks at Chateau Marmont and Sunset Tower. Being a pedestrian in Los Angeles is a specific kind of luxury.

» What’s your go-to flying outfit?

A dark blue blazer that’s not too precious and can handle being folded. I like to feel reasonably dressed up, and I also like having a lot of pockets for passports, phone, receipts. Also, a good scarf is a must, no matter what the climate or temperature.

» Who is your favourite travel companion and why?

My daughter is nine. Seeing the world through her eyes makes me experience familiar things in a new way.

» What’s your favourite holiday drink – and where can you get the best version of it?

Negronis at Sunset Tower in Los Angeles.

» What would you never wear on the beach?

Board shorts.

» What’s in your beach bag?

A paperback book, a notebook, a sarong.

» Do you have a routine to beat jet lag? What is it?

A morning walk followed by a cold shower or, preferably, a plunge in a cold body of water.

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