Turns out, we're not the only ones who hate bad hotel lighting.
Jane Seymour is not one for slowing down. The 67-year-old “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” alum has been on the road for three solid weeks, traveling from England to Spain, France, Houston, D.C., Los Angeles, and New York City for work and various fundraising events.
“I crave adventure and get bored very quickly,” Seymour told Travel + Leisure. “Right now, I’m preparing for a new movie and doing a fair bit of public speaking. I just never stop.”
Last March, the former Bond girl posed for Playboy — the third time she’s appeared in the publication over the course of her 50-year career. Looking as confident and as radiant as ever, Seymour opened up about aging, her #MeToo moment, and the importance of feeling comfortable in your own skin.
T+L caught up with the actress at a Crepe Erase beauty event in New York City to learn more about how she stays looking and feeling her best despite her hectic travel schedule. She shared her favorite destinations, the items she never leaves home about, and her top travel pet peeves. (Hint: they’re hotel-related.)
Travel + Leisure: What do you like to do on vacation?
“I like a smorgasbord of things. I’ll hit the beach, visit archeological sites, hop from restaurant to restaurant trying out different dishes. I also like to walk around and take photos. I find travel to be incredibly inspiring, so I always carry my camera on me. When I was in New Zealand, I discovered this tree that has a beautiful bark and is indigenous to the country’s North Island. This summer, I’m coming out with a line of rugs that feature the bark formation in different color schemes.”
How do you stay healthy away from home?
“I take CoQ10, vitamins E and D, and omega-3 fatty acids. I also drink a green juice every morning. I love haute cuisine and can’t help but indulge when I’m in places like France or Spain. I’m also a sucker for the warm nuts they serve on airplanes. I try to balance it out by eating lots of fish, vegetables, and berries.”
What are your top travel beauty essentials?
Jane Seymour: “I always bring my own shampoo and conditioner and the Phyto Volumizing Spray. For skincare, I exfoliate and moisturize my face and body every day with the Crepe Erase Exfoliating Body Polish and Intensive Body Repair Treatment. Both work brilliantly for me. In my makeup kit, I have individual false eyelashes from the drugstore, Sisley mascara, and the Teddy lipstick and Spice eye shadow from MAC.”
Besides New Zealand, what are some other inspiring places you’ve visited?
“Thailand and Ayers Rock, in Australia, were both incredible. I seek out places that are enlightening and allow me to meet interesting people and discover new things.”
Any favorite hotels?
“I love the Mandarin Oriental hotels. Their Columbus Circle location, in New York City, puts you in the center of the action. The Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, in the French Riviera, is another favorite. And if money were no object, I’d stay at Aman. Their properties are spectacular.”
What are your must-have hotel amenities?
“An in-room coffee machine with an espresso feature is a must. And good lighting! I cannot stand moody lighting in a bathroom. It makes it impossible to apply makeup. While we’re on the subject of pet peeves, I also can’t stand hotels that hide light switches. Why do they do that?"