Virtuoso Life - November/December 2016 - 68
Why I Travel
Elan Gale takes off to feel out of place.
INTERVIEWED BY DAVID HOCHMAN
Ginza in Tokyo and (right)
ballooning near Santa Fe.
Elan Gale and
Molly Quinn in
LAN GALE IS BEST KNOWN FOR PRODUCING THE
Bachelor and The Bachelorette, but when he's not sending
couples to paradise, Gale plots how to get himself and his
girlfriend, actress Molly Quinn, there with the help of Virtuoso travel advisor Stacy Small. "She knows my travel quirks and oddball curiosities," says Gale, who appreciates how L.A.-based Small
plans trips with enough flexibility to accommodate a wild left turn.
I travel to feel like an
alien. I like feeling displaced
and a little confused. It's easy
to get comfortable in your work
environment and in your hometown - we work hard to make our
lives predictable - but there's
something nice about travel that
throws you off. Even a bad hotel
is good. Life can't all be perfect.
You have to calibrate yourself to
A lot of my taste in travel
was dictated by the show. I was
23 when I started and got to
go places I never would have
thought of going: I wouldn't have
known about Saint Lucia; I probably wouldn't have gone to Punta
"Jet lag is not real. I just load myself full of caffeine, go to the
gym as soon as I arrive, and stay up until midnight."
V I RT U O S O L I F E
del Este; Buenos Aires wasn't
on my list. These work trips are
almost like audition trips for me.
You go to Fiji, you go to Tahiti,
you know you'll be back again.
I like to travel in very
short spurts. Last year, Molly
and I went to Paris for 48 hours.
I spent 36 amazing hours in Anguilla. I've gone to Hong Kong for
a day. Something about having
a really tightly packed schedule
adds to the excitement. We did
one day in Tokyo, and had lunch
at Sukiyabashi Jiro and dinner at
Sushi Yoshitake. They're the two
hardest reservations in town, but
also the best sushi meals you'll
have anywhere. I don't need anything else after that. I'm done.
Stacy leaves no stone
unturned. I was heading to
Bangkok and called her on the
way to the airport to say I'd