Director, actress, style maven and advocate for “freedom, equity and joy” Tracee Ellis Ross recently spoke to Conde Nast Traveler‘s Jane Sung about all things travel, following the announcement of her partnership with the new United Explorer Card.

Be it for work or leisure, Ross’s love for travel shines through on her social media pages, with her religiously sharing pictures and videos of herself in various world destinations.

Talking about what ignites her wanderlust and her rituals when she touches down, here’s a look at what we learnt from the Black-ish star’s inspiring travel interview in quotes.

How her love of travel began:

“[Thanks to my mum], I got really comfortable moving about the world.”

On what she never, ever does on board: 

“I don’t drink alcohol on flights; it ruins everything. You think it’s going to make the flight more fun, but it actually makes it worse…”

How she carries her essential beauty and grooming products:

“I travel with Muji travel containers, including a plastic zip case that’s TSA-approved and fits shampoo, conditioner, face products – everything I use on the flight.”

Her favourite pair of travel sneakers:

“For shoes, my favourite travel sneaker is the Adidas Stan Smith. It slides on and off really easily for airport security, and it’s just a comfortable, good-looking sneaker that works.”

On recovering from jet lag:

“I’m not so affected by jet lag – I just ignore it, honestly. You have to be in the time [zone] where you are.”

On staying at tried-before vs new hotels:

“I’m a creature of habit, and I like going back to places that I’ve been to and hotels that I’m comfortable in, where I know my way around.”

Her favourite places to pick up souvenirs:

“I love doing the vintage thing, going to flea markets and stuff.”

Header image source: Instagram/traceeellisross

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