Travel and Wellness expert, Vivienne Tang
In our latest interview for Healthy & Fit Women we are featuring Travel and Wellness expert Vivienne Tang. She is a perfect sample of a powerful independent women who is busy running businesses and staying in peace with all of it. Learn beauty secrets and jetsetter life tips from her right here!
What do you do?
I’m the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Destination Deluxe, a travel and wellness platform. Destination Deluxe is a go-to wellbeing bible for the global nomad. We hand-pick the finest luxury resorts and hotels, the most sought-after destinations, retreats and spas from around the world. With our readers’ complete happiness in mind, we also feature beauty products, health and fitness tips, and a range of holistic practices, allowing wellness and travel enthusiasts to become the best version of themselves.
Born and raised:
I was born in London and grew up in Switzerland. My mother is Swiss, and my dad is Chinese from Malaysia.
I currently live in Hong Kong. I’ve been there for 14 years now.
“Your biggest fear holds the biggest potential.”
I really try to make it a practice to face my fears head on.
Success means having the courage, the determination and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.
Wake up time:
I normally wake up around 7 o’clock. If I don’t have meetings in the morning, I will try to sleep until 8 o’clock. I don’t sleep enough, so I’m happy about any extra hour I can get.
I normally make myself a cup of coffee with some cashew mylk. I’m a big fan of nut mylk, which I make myself. I also try to meditate in the morning. I do 30 minutes of meditation, followed by 30 minutes of visualization.
The perfect breakfast:
Eggs, a croissant and a green juice. And coffee!
Share your favorite beauty secrets:
Sleep – I wish I had more of it.
I also think a good toner is vital for your face. I usually go with something natural such as Green Pharmacy’s 3 in 1 cleanser. And I’m a big fan of Subtle Energies’ Mogra Rejuvenating Gold Cream. It works wonders.
Working out and sweating out toxins can be really good for your skin, and your whole system in general. During the colder months I also go to the sauna to improve my circulation and get that sweat going.
I also enjoy hot/cold showers to strengthen my skin.
3 things vital to my day:
Meditation, workout, and healthy food.
I really try to do 30 minutes to an hour of meditation every day.
Workouts vary; I like Barre, but I also enjoy Kundalini Yoga.
I try to eat as healthily as I possibly can, and I do my very best to replace chips (my biggest weakness) with organic almonds or seaweed, and so on. I do love chocolate too, and nowadays I’ll opt for organic raw chocolate whenever I can.
Favorite place to sweat:
My favorite fitness place is the Barre 2 Barre studio in Hong Kong.
Workouts these days are:
In Hong Kong I have my regular Barre and Yoga classes. I discovered Barre about 2 years ago and have been in love with it ever since. On the weekends I try to go hiking. Hong Kong offers some great hiking trails, and if you have more than half a day you can even make it out to some beautiful waterfalls and bathe in the rock pools.
Staying fit while traveling can be difficult, but traveling doesn’t seem to be an excuse for you and your goals; what tips do you use to commit to fitness despite being on the go?
Often when I travel I tend to stay at a resort that offers yoga or Pilates sessions, or I’m on a wellness retreat with plenty of classes. So luckily my work does include workouts, which is awesome. If I’m staying at a hotel that doesn’t offer classes, I’ll use the gym instead and do some cardio with light stretching. And often I’ll find myself doing Kundalini Yoga in my hotel room with a YouTube video I really like. It’s a Kundalini Yoga sequence for detoxification.
Jet lag is every traveler’s worst enemy! How do you deal with fatigue and re-boost, so that you have that energy to work out, do business, and see the town?
I’m the worst when it comes to jetlag, especially when I’m going to Europe from Asia, I tend to fall asleep by 8pm. It takes my body about a week to readjust, and I don’t try to force it. I just let my body adapt to it naturally. I know some people take sleeping pills on the plane to force their body to sleep and to adjust to the new time zone, but I believe in natural methods. I’ll just have one more cup of coffee to stay awake.
I’m inspired by people, who think out of the box and who find the courage to take risks to turn their dreams into reality. I also have a great deal of respect for people who stand up for animal and human rights and who dedicate their lives to these causes. And I admire people who try to preserve our planet.