Andrew Wise treats every day as an opportunity to learn something new. He launched Life, Tailored as a way to showcase every amazing brand he has discovered, and he travels because he loves the unknown and discovering new things and experiences.
1.)Where was the first place that you traveled that made you think WOW—travel is amazing (think history book come to life or …..)
As a kid, I was always fascinated with the Roman empire. One of my favorite movies was Gladiator, and being able to experience Rome in all its glory really got me excited about traveling.
2.)If you had unlimited resources, where would you go and what would you do?
In an ideal world, I would love to travel to a different country and live as a local for 1-2 weeks at a time. I’m a creature of habit, and love living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which to me is one of the best places to live in the world.
3.)What were you afraid to do and how did you find the courage to overcome it?
I was originally afraid to take photos and videos, and put them out for the world. I didn’t want to produce content that was low quality, and that would open me up to critique. I’ve learned that to ever master what you do, you need to fail, so now with every photo I’m getting closer to where I want to be.
4.)What apps do you use regularly that make your life easier?
Some of my favorite apps are on the on-demand ones. Uber, Lyft for car services. Postmates for delivery (this is a life saver in a place like Miami when you don’t have a car and want a morning coffee).
5.)What place do you wish more people have seen?
I recently got back from Lisbon, and can’t believe how beautiful it is, and how great the city was. I’m not quite sure why it’s all of the sudden having its moment, but it’s a must visit right now.
6.)Best advice you have been given and by whom?
While I wish someone had given me this advice, the motto I live by is life is too short to not enjoy yourself. This is easier said than done, but in practice what I try to do is always find the positive in something I’m doing. The positive aspect may be some future state I’m going to achieve or an ideal I’m living for.
7.)When were you surprised by the kindness of strangers on a trip?
The people of Greece were extremely generous and welcoming, and we experienced it at a village in Elounda, Crete. The owner went above and beyond, offering us plenty of raki and desserts on the house.
I love the unknown, and the prospect of discovering something better than what I’ve previously experienced.
9.)I travel because…
I’ve learned that life is made up of the memories you’ve made, and focusing on material possessions will never create the types of memories that you cherish.
10.) My favorite travel or business book is…
Whenever I visit a new city, I like to use the Monocle travel guides, if they have them available for that locale. Otherwise, I use the New York Times 36 hours in a city guide book which covers almost every city in the world.
11.) How about hotels? What’s your favorite or one you’d recommend?
My favorite hotel was Andronis Boutique in Santorini. The views from our hotel room were out of this world, plus having our own private pool meant we never had to leave the room.
Five years ago, Andrew Wise moved to New York with his wife @ThreadTherapy. He founded Life, Tailored with the mantra inspired by Maya Angelou’s quote, “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
He focuses on brands that evoke a feeling, are built to last, and provide an authentic experience that will create memories that last a lifetime.
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