Talking Travel With: Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna, Co-Founders of Birchbox
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Talking Travel With: Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna, Co-Founders of Birchbox

Katia Beaucahmp and Hayley Barna
Courtesy of Birchbox

Their beauty loot company Birchbox provides makeup aficionados their monthly fix, so it's no surprise that Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp, who fly an estimated 200,000 miles a year, know how to travel stylishly. Below: their must-pack items, go-to carry-ons, and favorite hotels.

T+L: How many miles would you say you travel in a year?
HB: My best guess is around 200,000 miles.

Preferred airline?
HB: I typically book the lowest fare at the most convenient time. But I am partial to United for international travel due to their alliance with Scandinavian Airlines—may husband is from Norway—and easy upgrades.

How do you stay busy on long-haul flights?
HB: Sleep, jam on the inbox (it’s lovely over the Atlantic, when nothing is coming in and the number count actually goes down!), read a book, and make lists.
KB: I love reading on airplanes. It reminds me of what I loved about studying in the library in college—there's an unspoken camaraderie between everyone there.

Favorite airport:
HB: I lived in Hong Kong and loved the convenience of the airport. You can drop your luggage off in the city center before work in the morning and then travel hands-free to your flight later in the day.
KB: So many different ones! O’Hare for getting to connecting flights quickly without having to take an air transfer; DFW for proximity to baggage claim; LGA’s Selta terminal for best food options; Barcelona for shopping.

Hotel chain or boutique properties?
HB: A bit of both. I’m loyal to both Starwood and Four Seasons, but I prefer boutiques when visiting somewhere new so I can get a sense of place. For example, Su Gologone in the hills of Sardinia was authentic and memorable.

Best hotel amenity:
HB: I don’t even take a look at minibars! I was impressed with the offer to clean my sunglasses with a fresh mist by the pool at the Four Seasons Hualalai.

Hotel breakfast standby:
HB: I’m not big on breakfast. But I’ll make an exception for a chocolate croissant when in Paris.
KB: It’s hard for me to pass up a croissant, especially in Europe where they take them seriously.

One point of service you appreciate as a business traveler:
KB: I love the welcome notes in hotel rooms with the concierge’s contact information.
HB: Having the room ready for an early morning red-eye arrival time. WiFi that immediately works and has sufficient bandwidth is a no brainer. And unlimited free bottles of water and a desk with a nice view.

Go-to carry-on bag:
HB: Always carry-on. I have this mini from Muji that is feather light with no interior structure taking up the packing space.
KB: I love my Samsonite four-wheel-drive carry-on.

Pro packing tips:
HB: Pre-packed toiletries and an electronics pouch with all my chargers, adapters, headphones, etc.
KB: One jacket that looks great over a dress, with jeans, etc, and one pair of similarly multipurpose heels.

Must-pack items:
HB: For the flight, I bring a blanket-sized scarf in case of an over-air-conditioned airplane, hydrating spray, and earplugs.
KB: I love having really comfortable pajamas. Some people just make do when they travel, but I make space.

Favorite app:
HB: I’m a data geek so I like recording everything. The Moves app records where you go throughout the day on a city map. It’s particularly fun in a new place so you can retrace your steps.

On-the-road workout routine:
HB: The seven-minute workout is the no-excuses and no-equipment way to stay active. You can download an app that calls out the exercises. Alternatively, I try to take long walks instead of taxis to get a sense of the city. Also, walking is better for impromptu shopping!
KB: On vacation, swimming and bike riding are my favorites.

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