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May 2012

Laurent Vernhes’ suitcase

Béatrice Delamotte

Co-founder and president of the Tablet Hotels, Laurent Vernhes has spent more than three thousand nights in hotel rooms throughout his nomadic existence. What a way to develop a sense of what makes a stay unique and create Tablet Hotels. He is a true fountain of hotel knowledge for travellers seeking inspiration for amazing trips at the best price

Are you more of a hand-carry, trunk, suitcase, travel bag, backpack or no baggage person?
For hotel stays, a Rimowa suitcase – a German brand that is very popular in Japan – in aluminum, a 1950s classic that is constantly updated by the brand. It’s the first bag that I’ve ever liked…  

What are the essentials for your suitcase?
In fact, ironically, I hate packing my suitcase. So nothing very original: toiletries, socks, underwear, iPhone, AC adapter, only one suit but several shirts, and a good pair of shoes. And for pleasure, a Tablet pillbox, sunglasses and a swimsuit. One must remain optimistic regardless of the destination 

What do you bring back from your trips?
Despite the risk that this may present at customs, souvenirs of things such as local food or drink to share with the family 

What are your favourite destination and hotel?
It’s impossible for me to answer this question. I am very fortunate in this area…so the answer changes several times a year! Every year, I try to go to Big Sur in California and to Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada to escape. In both cases, there is a very basic bed or no bed at all 

Do you have any memories of memorable trips?
Innumerable… Getting lost in the Tikal jungle in Guatemala after sunset. Being held hostage in a copper mine in the Philippines shortly after the fall of Ferdinand Marcos. Travelling whilst sitting on the roof of a train in India. Taking the Trans-Siberian during the fall of the Soviet Union and making a trip to the Russian side for caviar for about 10 dollars. Coming face to face with a gray shark 2 meters away from me in Byron Bay and not daring to dive afterwards for several months. Seeing Aung San Suu Kyi address a crowd from the house where she was held captive for years, probably standing on a chair so that her face could be seen over the wall, etc 


Laurent Vernhes' suitcase

Clever Tips

In economy class, request a special meal (‘Hindu’ on Air France) in order to be served first. And above all, never make plans too specific… 



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