Scot Meacham Wood, San Francison-based interior designer and chief creative/purveyor at Scot Meacham Wood Home, views the world through tartan-patterned glasses. Groomed on a steady diet of world travel since he was a tyke, Scot’s zest for exploration has never waned. (Lead photo: National Portrait Gallery, London)
WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU HAD THE BUG?
I grew up traveling in a military family, so 'exploring' was a normal part of everyday life. One of my mom's catch-phrases was "Wait. We need to read what the plaque says." No matter where we were, and no matter how far behind schedule we might be, we always read whatever signage was around that told us more about the location. One of the best qualities I got from my mom was a strong sense of curiosity. When we were living in South Korea (I was five), Mom and I would grab the train and head to Pusan (now known as Busan) and wander through the open-air market. Food. Trinkets. Antiques. Everything. Both of us communicating in our horrible Korean, finding as much as we could and shopping like madmen.
WHAT’S THE PLACE YOU KEEP GOING BACK TO AND WHY?
When in need of a quick getaway, I can always spend a week in London; it's like a second home. For me, it's an incredibly 'easy' vacation. I know my way around. I know a few things I want to see again. But, there is ALWAYS more! For over a decade I spent every Christmas holiday in England and Scotland. I also work in Scotland fairly frequently.
HOW HAS THE IPHONE CHANGED YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE?
Definitely on the 'con' side is the fact that you're kinda ALWAYS working. Those emails and texts seem to come at every hour of the day. At least on the other side of the world, i can deal with everything as soon as i get up, and then I’m usually 'safe' for the whole day.
On the 'pro' side of things, the ease of documentation is astounding. Where you were. What you saw. How to find it again. Geo-location for photos for finding images later. And frankly, the best part is the photo I take of where I'm parked at the airport, so I can find my car when I get back!
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO NEXT?
Africa. And Japan — I mean, I was there when I was 5, but, I don't count that!