Name: Sal Imposimato
Profession: Vice President, Brand Experience, Journal Hotels (The Hollywood Roosevelt, Two Bunch Palms, The Bradbury, The Park Plaza)
Make sure everything you pack fits in a bag that fits in the overhead bin, no exceptions,
Favorite travel memory?
Traveling to Paris with my wife, Andrea, when she was seven months pregnant with our soon to be second son, Julian; we were thinking of names at the time, and were really debating on Julien or Julian, because when we were in Paris, we only saw it spelled with the “e” and not the “a.” We really liked it, but when we got to the Charles De Gaulle, there was this bigger-than-life cut-out of Julian Casablancas of the Strokes doing some cheesy men’s cologne advertisement. It was then we knew it had to be Julian with an “a.”
Bucket List Destination?
Favorite off-the-beaten-path spot?
Two Bunch Palms in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. It is situated on a mineral spring producing 600 gallons of an endless water supply each minute at a balmy temperature of 107 degrees. There are amazing grottos tucked away throughout the property and even a house said to be owned by Al Capone, designed specifically for life after Alcatraz. It is also the only 100 percent carbon neutral resort in the country — such an amazing and relaxing experience.
What kind of traveler are you?
I have three children, under the age of 7, so wherever I/we go, there must be a dreadful theme park, grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken tenders and/or pizza.
Best meal you’ve had on your travels?
Pizza in Naples
Favorite item collected from your travels?
I found these amazing rocks from deep and wild trails in the Dominican Republic. I brought them back and carried one around with me for the longest time, turned out to be a lucky rock.
I want to go to Borneo, where I can lose contact from the world and everyone in it for a short period of time.
Visiting Sangay National Park in Ecuador is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The UNESCO World Heritage site features an array of landscapes, from glaciers to cloud forests, moorlands to grasslands. It’s also an extremely biodiverse destination, with more than 3,000 flowering plant species, more than 400 bird species and more than 100 mammal species.
Whether it's the people, the craic (fun) or the coasts, travelers always find something to love about the island of Ireland. What fills your heart?
Ho Chi Minh City is the most-populous city in Vietnam, known for its historic landmarks, well-preserved French colonial architecture and vibrant street life. It’s home to Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport, the busiest airport in the country, and is the business and financial hub of Vietnam. Named after the revolutionary leader who declared independence back in 1945, the city is organized into districts, each offering its own unique offerings. Here are some of the best things to see and do in Ho Chi Minh City:
The flavors of the Southwest are unmistakable and one of the many reasons to visit a place like Santa Fe, New Mexico. While there are lots of other great reasons to go to this New Mexico city, the culinary scene is one of the best, and that includes the city’s Margarita Trail.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips.
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