On Peruvian adventures, travelling with best friends and staying curious

As President and CEO of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Lindsey Ueberroth is used to being on the road. In fact, the charismatic jet-setter has travelled to more than 100 countries already, and there's no sign of stopping yet.

Besides rebranding the group to Preferred Hotels, Lindsey has also launched its first points-based iPrefer guest loyalty program, which gives members instant benefits such as room upgrades, priority early or late check-ins and check-outs, exclusive rates and more.

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Between her latest travels, we had a quick chat with Lindsey about her love for travel, best experiences on the road, and her number one tip for overcoming jet lag.

Last trip?

My last trip was to Honolulu, Hawaii with my nephews. I went to high school in Hawaii so it always feels like home to me and has so many special memories.

Next trip? 

Orlando, Florida for a meeting we are having with our hotel partners.

What do you love most about travelling?  

I am a curious person by nature so travel allows me to experience so many new things—meet new people, enjoy local food and music. Travel inspires me.

Most memorable travel experience? 

I just came back from doing some philanthropic work in the Peruvian side of the Amazon. It was the most rustic of travel experiences I have ever had, and yet it was the best. I slept in a hammock, had no access to electricity, running water, wifi or cell phones, and we worked repairing water wells all day long. It was a rewarding,  nourishing and very adventurous which is what made it so memorable.

And the worst?  

I don’t think I have a worst experience. Even when things may not go the way I planned when travelling, I always look at it as an adventure.

One place you’d visit over and over again?

India—I have been there more than 12 times and I still find it one of the most fascinating places in the world.

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Three things you always travel with?

My iPad, noise cancelling headphones and a hat so when I get off the plan from long-haul flights, I can look a little more put together.

What do you normally read on the plane?  

I get caught up on all of my travel and business magazines. I usually have at least 15 of them!

Favourite travel companion?

My best friend.

Aisle or window seat?

The aisle seat.

Favourite travel app?

Tripit—I love that you can put every facet of your itinerary in one place.

Your best travel tip?  

Ask the locals where they would eat, drink, shop, watch a sunset and visit. That is the best way to have a very authentic experience.

Any tips on overcoming jet lag? 

Water, water, water. Staying hydrated is key and if you can, arrive late in the afternoon or evening. Try to get a good night’s sleep on day one and you should be fine after that.

Follow Lindsey Ueberroth on Instagram @lindsey_ueberroth