JULIA CHAPLIN ‘MY GYPSY WAY OF LIFE
A new kind of luxury that fuses the sophistication and speed of the jet set with the wiliness of a gypsy. It’s flexible, spontaneous and ferrets out the untested and untried.
THE PERFECT GYPSET PLACES
Should be two to three hours from an international airport and a little hard to get to. If something is geographically exclusive, it’s an initiation to get there. Also, there needs to be a local culture that’s intact.
A pashmina (use it as a blanket or a sweater), a pair of Havaianas, a bikini and good sunblock. All the places in my book are in warm, equatorial places, not because there aren’t gypsetters in snowy areas but because I don’t like the cold. It makes packing a lot easier, too.
I never ask people about their work — or their last names, either. It’s nice to keep things abstract, be in the moment and explore the mind outside of the traditional world. Reinventions are possible.
GETAWAYS FOR FALL
The Aeolian Islands in Italy are fantastic. Go to the more rustic islands — Panarea, Filicudi, Stromboli.
THE BOOK Gypset Travel
Cabo Polonio, Uruguay, was a really wild experience. It’s completely off the grid. You have these fantastic homes that are the size of a bedroom! There’s a replica of a Tuscan villa, but it’s only around 200 square-feet because you have to carry the materials in — no roads, and cars aren’t allowed. Everything is lit by candles — no electricity — and people wander by flashlight or torches.
BOOKS TO READ
The Oblivion Seekers by Isabelle Eberhardt and The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer.
THE BOOK THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
THE BLACK BOOK
Instead of London or Beijing you will find idyllic spots like Ibiza, Cornwall and Cuixmala. The hope is that as our Gypset world grows, there will be less & less of a need to spend time in the old one.
Places that have that perfect gypset balance: not too commercial, a bit hard to reach, a touch of local culture and some semi-nomadic creatives.
In case there’s a particulalry gypset hotel, gallery, or hangout in a non-gypset enclave, we’ve got it covered here.
Those idyllic secret places that we can’t be too specific about, maybe just providing a region or a clue.