Alicia Keys is no stranger to travel—as a performing musician, her work has taken her around the world. But when she’s making travel plans of her own, it’s all about people and connecting with her inner circle. “We travel to be with our loved ones,” she says.
This feels more important than ever amidst a busy season for Keys. With the recent release of her holiday album Santa Baby and a just-launched holiday collection with Athleta—a selection of activewear that speaks to her dual love of getting outdoors and cozying up inside—she’s making a point to slow down and embrace the season. We caught up with Keys during a moment of downtime to talk about her upcoming travel plans, her favorite winter activities, and how travel helps her better connect with the women in her life.
When you aren’t on the road touring, how does travel bring you closer to the women in your life?
The women in my life are my community, my support system, and they inspire me in so many ways. I realize more than ever how important time with your sisters is. So we travel to connect and see each other. I’m always in awe of how we all support each other and show up for one another. It inspires me to be there and to deepen our relationship.
What is the best girls’ trip you’ve ever taken?
My friends and I have a tradition of getting together and treating ourselves to a new experience or a self-care moment. We each take turns planning what we are going to do and it’s so fun to spoil yourself. We have done everything from spa experiences to aerial yoga hanging from silks. We’ve done Bollywood dancing and apple picking. There’s no limit. The goal is to get everyone in one place so we travel to make that happen—it's less about the destination and more about being together.