THE SET | Lauren Tulp Cichocki
THE SET is a series that gives a peek into the travel styles of the jetSETters we adore and admire…
We are so excited to relaunch this series after a bit of a hiatus, and decided it was the perfect time for a reintroduction of our founder, Lauren Tulp Cichocki.
Lauren founded Arbiter Travel Co. (a luxury travel consultancy) in 2017, as a resource for travelers who share in her passion for discovering beautiful places and things. Since then, Arbiter has grown to a team of 4 (intros to our new advisors are coming soon!), and Lauren’s family has grown to include her two little boy #babyarbiters.
Read on to get to know her a bit better… (And reach out to be #bookedbyarbiter!)
NAME: Lauren Tulp Cichocki / @arbitertravel
OCCUPATION: Founder of Arbiter Travel Co. / luxury travel advisor / boy mom
HOME AIRPORT: LAX
WHAT’S YOUR SIGN: Double Scorpio
AISLE OR WINDOW: Window for any flight over 2 hours.
CARRY-ON OR CHECK: Have always been check until the Bigger Away changed my life.
LUGGAGE: See above, plus Paravel for soft-side (specifically the Weekender and Grand Tour).
AIRLINE: Honestly, they are all terrible.
CARRY-ON ESSENTIALS: A giant Smartwater, an oxygen-infused face mask, and compression socks. And a well-stocked iPad if I’m with my kids.
BEAUTY/SKINCARE MUST: The Drunk Elephant Littles set makes it so easy.
UNIFORM: Jeans and a button-down.
TRAVELING SHOES: Sneakers, recently joined the dad-shoe trend very late with my New Balance.
CAFFEINE FIX: Chai latte or iced tea (will dabble in an espresso across multiple time zones).
AIRPLANE DRINK: Aforementioned giant Smartwater or Diet Coke.
REAL WORLD DRINK: Into vodka gimlets at the moment.
MOVIE OR BOOK: Book on my iPhone. Yes I’m a freak.
RECOMMENDED READING: One Italian Summer was so fun to read knowing all the spots in both Positano/Capri and Brentwood (my neighborhood).
UNPACK OR LIVE OUT OF SUITCASE: Unpack ALWAYS.
ALWAYS PACK: Using Paravel packing cubes, I monogrammed a set for each person in our family and they bring me a sick amount of joy. And a Slumberpod if traveling with my sons.
ALWAYS FORGET: A pen for customs.
SOUVENIR: Art and ceramics.
ROOM SERVICE ORDER: Grilled cheese (in America) or club sandwich (overseas) and a nightcap.
EXERCISE ON THE GO: Always pack for it, literally never do it.
GUILTY PLEASURE: A blowout and monogramming everything (not really guilty about either though).
PRO TIP: Airport greeter service for international flights. A luxury you’ll never regret. (We always arrange when you’re #bookedbyarbiter.)
TOXIC TRAIT: Taking too many photos and leaving every cabinet open.
BUZZ-WORTHY: Our team of new Arbiter Travel Co. advisors who we will be introducing soon!
CITY OR COUNTRY: The best trips have a bit of both.
MOUNTAINS OR SEA: Sea but love an après moment.
OCEAN OR POOL: Ocean
BOUTIQUE HOTEL OR SLAVE TO POINTS: 5-star boutique but love a luxury brand with a sense of place.
HOTEL STYLE: Traditional all the way.
NEVER GETS OLD: A ladder leading into the sea.
DREAM TRAVEL COMPANION: Lauren Santo Domingo seems like she would be a good time. Or my Cichocki boys.
CHILDHOOD TRAVEL MEMORY: Summers on the Jersey Shore; and a trip to Porto Santo Stefano one summer when I was 10 stands out (must go back as an adult and visit Il Pellicano!).
WINTER DESTINATION: Cabo, manifesting Saint Barths for next year.
SUMMER SPOT: The Med
FAVORITE AMERICAN CITY: Charleston
FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL CITY: Paris forever
FAVORITE COUNTRY: Shameless Francophile
HONEYMOONED IN: Maldives + Paris
HOTEL I WISH I LIVED IN: Hotel Bel-Air or San Ysidro Ranch
HOTEL LOBBY: Aman Venice
RESTAURANTS ON HOLIDAY: Arbol at Las Ventanas (Los Cabos), Frenchie (Paris), La Sponda (Positano), The Polo Bar (NYC)
BEACH CLUBS: La Guérite (Cannes), La Fontelina (Capri)
MOST MEMORABLE: A freshly-caught island picnic on the shores of Rhenia, off of Mykonos.
DESTINATION WITH KIDS: Ojai Valley Inn or any of the Four Seasons Hawaii properties
DESTINATION WITH PARTNER: Mexico or Italy
DESTINATION WITH GIRLFRIENDS: Miami or Paris
ON MY RADAR: All of the Airelles hotels.
BUCKET LIST: Japan and East Africa
TOP TRIP: I’m easily swayed, I come back from every trip claiming it was the best yet. But safari in South Africa cannot be beat (until I get to the rest of Africa, see bucket list above).
LAST CHECKED INTO: Four Seasons & Sensei Lanai
NEXT UP: 1Hotel South Beach
TRAVEL MOTTO: Look at the bill when you get home.
Inspired to take a trip of your own? Get in touch and go!