AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH YOLANDA EDWARDS
When we hear her name, the lyrics of Parov Stellar “The Sun” burst into our minds : “Now I’m gonna tell my momma, That I’m a traveler, I’m gonna follow the sun”.
She has been a Creative director of Condé Nast Traveler, an executive editor at Martha Stewart Living, an editor at Travel & Lifestyle and currently she founded Yolo Journal.
Knowing this, you can imagine our excitement having Yolanda as our third Guest Editor in the series of the Palea Poli Post.
PP: Although guides claim more than a 100 types of tourism, If you had to choose a thematic tour, to join anywhere what would that be? Although we suppose that everyone’s answer would be all the above, please choose your favorite : Archaeological tourism, Wine tourism, alternative tourism, religious tourism, culinary tourism, other.
YE: Culinary Tourism!
PP: Palea Poli is a 19th century house renovated with an exemplary way. Why is the importance of Renovation and refurbishment of historic buildings especially in urban areas.
YE: I think it is so important to keep our History around us, and with that- to restore and love our historic buildings- not to replace them with modern high rises with no History or personality.
PP: Where do people, in your opinion, find sources of inspiration? Where do you find yours?
YE: Everyone has their places that feed them – from movies to music to books to social media. I personally find mine when I am travelling!
PP: How would you describe your own perfect luxury experience?
YE: For me, Luxury is being in a place that resonates with me- where I feel like we are on the same page. I like authenticity, attention to detail, an understandind of environmental impact and a great location!
PP: If you only had 24 hours to get a taste of a hotel experience, what would you recommend guests must do? (in and outside of the hotel
YE: I think you can do a lot in 24 hours! I would do my research before, and find one neighborhood near the hotel that has a lot of things to see and do in close proximity, and then I would make sure to save a lot of time to just be in a hotel. I always talk to the bartender, people watch at the bar, wake up and have a swim if the hotel has a pool- and try to eplore every inch of the hotel!
PP: Do you have a vision for the future of travel?
YE: I hope that people start to travel with more intention, not just checking things off a list..and that they spend more time appreciating where they are instead of rushing through it.
Thank you Yolanda for your time.
yolojournal.com; find Yolanda on Instagram @yolandaedwards and follow the renovation of her French home @maisonmedoc