Few contemporary portmanteaus have gained traction as quickly as the term “gypset” has — celebrity couplings à la Brangelina aside. To say the word now is to conjure up a freewheeling bohemian lifestyle, equal doses gypsy and jet set — and for this we have journalist Julia Chaplin to thank. A frequent contributor to The New York Times and Travel + Leisure, she’s also the author of Gypset Travel and Gypset Style and, next month, releases the third book in the series, Gypset Living. In this latest addition, she explores the architecture and interiors of her globetrotting tribe. Here, she counts down her favorites.
1. Al Fresco Yoga Studios
“In Topanga Canyon, California, I visited the outdoor yoga studio
belonging to model Angela Lindvall. Instead of a roof she hung an old parachute over it to provide shade.”
2. Surf Communes
“In Guéthary, France — a surf town south of Biarritz — I stayed in an old factory
that had been converted into a sort of luxury surf commune with a big dorm room with beds
carved out of knotty wood. All the sheets were blue terry cloth.”
“I found yurts all over the world: Mongolia, the Springs in New York and Topanga Canyon.
Sleeping in round structures really changes your perspective on life.”
4. Outdoor Bathtubs
“In Maui the photographer David LaChapelle has the most amazing Italian marble bathtub
in the middle of a tropical forest.”
“I did a whole chapter on the band Wild Belle, who toured around in a Ford Econoline van.
For a modern nomad, home is the open road.”