SUITCASE Magazine aims to inspire, helping people to discover global destinations and cultures beyond the standard tourist path.
Through a quarterly print magazine, daily updated website, weekly newsletter and experiential events, we hope to change the way you travel, with an ultimate aim of bridging cultures and connecting people.
As a travel brand, we’re frequently asked how we balance a thirst for exploration with the negative impact that travel has on the planet.
Be it climate change from carbon emissions or the pressures of overtourism, the detrimental effects of globetrotting are undeniable.
So, should we all stop travelling? Making up over 10 per cent of global GDP and contributing to almost 320 million jobs, tourism is a lifeline for many people and communities, and to stop travelling completely would have differently devastating effects the world over. In an increasingly polarised world, it is perhaps more important than ever to explore new places. Of course, many travel to visit family and friends too.
But a careful, considered approach to the trips we do decide to take is paramount. At SUITCASE, our intention has always been to provide our readers with thoughtful, informed recommendations, encouraging slower and more mindful travel.
We hope we help you to travel better, and always love hearing your stories from around the world.
Serena Guen, Founder and CEO
Multi-national Serena founded the award-winning SUITCASE while in her third year at NYU. Her accolades include being named as Forbes 30 under 30 (2017) as well as one of 25 under 25 most influential Londoners by the Evening Standard. In 2018, she won a Woman of the Future Award for media and a Great British Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Queen of the long weekend, Serena is the team’s hotel aficionado. Her favourite micro-trip to date was Iceland and her most anticipated of the year is a road trip from Austin to Marfa.
India Dowley, Digital Editor-in-Chief
London-born India cut her teeth in travel journalism while living in South America and freelancing for publications including Rough Guides, Time Out, The Guardian and SUITCASE Magazine, where she went in-house in 2016. The magazine’s inadvertent adventurer, catch her horse-riding across Jordan, off-roading in Madagascar or being chased by wild dogs through the Transylvanian countryside. Despite having a Norwegian grandmother, she’s ashamed to say she’s yet to make it to Scandinavia – it’s on her travel hit list, along with a road trip across the Stans to Mongolia.
Sarah Bentley, Head of Digital
Exposure therapy can be a powerful tool in overcoming fear. After working for four years in digital marketing for a luxury fashion site, Sarah joined the SUITCASE team in 2016 with acute aviophobia (fear of flying) and a strong conviction that working in the travel industry would help conquer her fears. SUITCASE coaxes her daily with alluring images of far-flung destinations and new, unexplored terrains, slowly summoning a quiet passion for travel. Thirty flights (and 30 cognacs later), she now travels with the confidence that the magazine evokes.
Olivia Squire, Print Editor-in-Chief
Graduating into the loving/smothering embrace of a financial crisis, Olivia pinballed between a series of bizarre jobs including begrudgingly reviewing musicals (she hates them) and writing bid proposals in construction (turns out cement is not her thing) before winding up leading the editorial strategy for a travel media and events agency. After stalking Serena around a hotel pool in Miami and writing a column for SUITCASE online, she took over the magazine’s print platform in 2017. While she loves a luxury hotel as much as the next…anyone, her real zeal is for investigating the issues where travel and culture intersect, whether gentrification in Detroit, deforestation in the jungles of Borneo or spirituality in rural Japan.
Jacob Elwood, Senior Creative
Born in St Ives, Cornwall, Jacob grew up surrounded by the creative arts. He first set out to become an illustrator until he realised that you actually have to be able to draw… Casting that idea aside he went on to study Visual Communication, specialising in print design and photography, winning a D&AD New Blood Pencil and D&AD Best in Show. After university Jacob interned and freelanced at various agencies working for clients such as Sky, XL Catlin and eBay before joining SUITCASE in 2017. Today, find him designing new issues or with a camera in hand, generally singing songs out of tune and with the wrong lyrics.
Line Charles, Office Manager
Thai-Norwegian Line had lived in four different countries by the age of 25. At four years old she was packed off to live with her grandfather, a chief monk in Northern Thailand, before moving back to Oslo where she (just about) survived the merciless winters. Next up, she hit Bali to study cultural understanding and tourism with a side of yoga, then she purchased a one-way ticket to Shanghai where she embarked on a Mandarin language programme. Now based in London, she’s thrown more money into the education system and has a law degree in the bag. Thanks to her heritage, she is as comfortable whizzing down a mountain on a pair of skis as she is whipping up a batch of tom-yum soup at home.
Robbie Hodges, Assistant Digital Editor
After serving his time as an intern at various publications, from independent Hackney zines to national glossies, Robbie hit The Telegraph’s travel desk. Now, when he’s not wheedling his way into exhibition previews, he can be found crafting copy and getting involved in all things digital at SUITCASE HQ. An Essex boy by birth, he spent multiple school holidays glitzing it up in Marbella. Today, he prefers visiting hulking industrial cities (the uglier the better) and heading into the mountains, always with a healthy slick of factor 50 and pockets stuffed with peanut-butter sandwiches.
Sebastian Bland, Creative Director
After leading a countryside existence, at the age of 18 Sebastian swapped the winding lanes of Shropshire for a faster pace in London. Always a creative at heart, he joined the SUITCASE team fresh out of Bristol University of West England having completed a degree in graphic design. As the first team member he has been fundamental in evolving the SUITCASE brand aesthetic, as well as those of Creative Studio clients. He has two German Design Awards under his belt to show for it. When Sebastian’s is not lost in the depths of Photoshop or InDesign, you can most likely find him playing cricket, in the pub or in the South of France where half of his family are from.
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Linda Blank, COO
As a teenager, Linda dreamt about becoming a journalist but she also enjoyed solving puzzles and math equations, which put her on the path of a strategy consultant. At Accenture Strategy Linda spent almost five years helping FTSE 100 companies find growth opportunities and operational efficiencies. Several corporate offices later and her head full of frameworks, Linda decided to follow her heart back to the media industry. When not on SUITCASE duty, find her tucking into burrata somewhere in Italy, completing the running route in Biarritz or turning the pages of a Russian classic (her way of paying homage to her parental heritage).
Grace Lee, Copywriter
A nomad by nature, Grace began her travel media career with a 360 approach, starting out in editorial before moving briefly into PR, and finally finding her niche in creative content at Studio Black Tomato. Marrying travel and communication, she now spends her time crafting brand stories and killer copy lines for SUITCASE Creative Studio’s travel and lifestyle clients. When out of office, she’s usually found scouring London’s streets for the next best Sunday roast or fresh pasta joint. Next on her travel hit list? Georgia’s wine country, the Norwegian fjords and The Mongol Rally.
Caroline Baneth, Head of Content and Strategy
Caroline’s parents met while island hopping in Greece. Her French mother and American father bridged the transatlantic distance by penning handwritten love letters to each other, which they’d then have to painstakingly translate (this was before Google did it for you). Fast forward 31 years and Caroline is similarly harnessing the power of travel and communication, building strategies to help brands share their visions and values through multimedia travel content. Before SUITCASE, Caroline was Managing Editor at Amazon Fashion Europe and previously headed up editorial content for MR PORTER, spending free time planning adventures to little-known locales in France and the Philippines. Next on her list: Norway.
Layla Pacha, Social Media Executive
With a Brazilian mother and an Algerian father, Layla’s love for exotic places is more nature than nurture. After diving into the social-media world head first and handling everything from wine brands to fashion houses and tech startups, Layla found that combining her penchant for travel and social at SUITCASE was spot on. Despite her far-flung ancestry, she’s the resident city girl and will happily trade in her home’s Amazonian forest for a concrete jungle, where you’ll find her with coffee in hand scouring Instagram for the next must-see spot.
INTRODUCING VOLUME 28: THE CITIES ISSUE
As much as cities can be easy to dismiss and disregard, when we cast them in this role we overlook the central character they play in the ongoing theatre of our lives. The way we talk about cities is akin to how we describe our lovers – we give them pet names, write songs to serenade them with, and map out our lives through the years we spend in them. They can be decadent or they can be disappointing, but they are rarely dull or leave us untouched.Read More
A PORTUGUESE PIED-À-TERRE WITH CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN
Lisbon – dubbed “The City of Seven Hills” – is topographically challenging, particularly for those teetering around in vertiginously high Louboutin heels. Still, here I am in the westernmost capital of mainland Europe (red-lacquered soles stowed in my carry-on), en route to visit the Paris-born designer Christian Louboutin at his second home.Read More
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Thought-provoking, awe-inspiring and always intelligent, SUITCASE Magazine reflects the concerns and curiosities of the modern traveller. Delve into a year’s worth of stories, photo diaries and insider guides designed to set you on a different path.
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Vol. 29 The Taste Issue
It’s the consumption of not just food, but also an entire culture, that makes the unashamed pursuit of a goo...