These 5 TOTEM Travel Stories Will Make You Really Jealous

Travel has been the eternal inspiration for our society today. The memory, the ideas formed and the connections made along the way are the true luxury anyone can possess today. With the world becoming increasingly small, this village we live in called the global becomes increasingly accessible, and interconnected. We rolled out a #TOTEMTravels campaign with some of the cool kids of the TOTEM COLLECTIVE community, to show us the incredible places in the world they went to in April with the TOTE 01, and we were pleasantly surprised by the creativity and inspirations we got back.

Today, we are showcasing some of the coolest pictures we got back, and their stories along their journey.


1.       We loved your picture! Could you tell us a little bit about your trip? Why you went there and something funny/cool/interesting that happened to you? 

Thank you! This was captured on a recent trip I had to NYC, one of my all time favourite cities. I went there for a two day food safari with my colleagues. I work as a marketing director for a food company in Norway, and Manhattan is definitely the place to go to be inspired by the latest food trends. I stayed a few days longer since I had the chance, just walking the streets, visiting galleries and meeting friends. Before my colleagues left, I also took them to experience Sleep No More, a kind of promenade theatre like nothing you've ever seen, adapting the story of Macbeth. Its set in a block of warehouses in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, transformed into a hotel-like performance space where the audience walks at their own pace through a variety of theatrically designed rooms, wearing white masks. Its truly something uniqe. I discovered this years ago on one of my first trips to NYC, and I recommend it strongly. 

2.    What are some of the best places you went during this travel that you want to recommend to others? 

New York has something for everyone, and its hard leaving the city without falling in love with it. On my latest trips I discovered the the Lower East Side Area, and it has become one of my favourites. I love the vibe, the style and all the cool independent shops, galleries and bars there. At this trip I visited a really good vegetarian restaurant called Dirt Candy. Worth a recommendation! For a great party visit Le Bain at the top of the Standard Hotel in Meatpacking, and for a sunday stroll and a local craft beer, find your way across the bridge to Williamsburg and walk Bedford Avenue and the crossing streets.

3.    Could you tell us a bit about yourself? 

I live in Oslo, but love to travel the world. Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness. 

4.    What are the latest must-read/must-listen/must-watch book/song/movie you would recommend? 

The movie Moonlight is a masterpiece who everyone should go see. I have also fallen in love with the new album from the XX. If you haven't decided what to do this summer, I recommend going to Japan and attend the Fuji Rock Festival in July. I'm a music festival addict and this is one of my all time favourites. This year the XX will perform too! Go go go!

5.    Why did you bring your TOTE 01 along this trip?

The TOTE 01 is the perfect travel companion. I simply love it. Its stylish, but yet really handy. 

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1. Could you tell us a little bit about your trip? Why you went there and something funny/cool/interesting that happened to you?

I was in Munich the other day for some school stuff and managed to take a break to drop by Pinakothek der Moderne, arguably the best museum for modern art in southern Germany. 

What added onto my visit back on the weekend was a big music festival which just kicked off in Munich. It’s called Wannda Open Air, where “wannda” comes from the German “Wenn nicht jetzt WANNDA’nn?”, meaning “if not now, then when?”. Tents with stages (and drinks, of course) were set up at Bahnwärter Thiel, one of the coolest cultural and bohemian spots in Munich. The set-up could have been a bit bigger in my opinion, but perhaps it was meant to be packed like that – in a good way – for us to embrace a summer vibe in spring.

2. What are some of the best places you went during this travel that you want to recommend to others?

Definitely save a few hours for Pinakothek der Moderne if you were also an art fan. Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc from Der Blaue Reiter, Matisse, Max Beckmann – just to name a few among others whose great legacies light up the hall. The current special exhibition, for example, showcases classics from Scandinavian jewelry designer Tone Vigeland. In fact, even just the museum building itself is worth dropping by.

Oh yeah, for dinner we had Ramen at TAKUMI Munich which I will def recommend to jap food lovers out there.

3. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I was born and raised in Guangzhou and currently live in Germany. I am now seeing whether it’s possible to work in fashion  later, but more in the business/tech sides of story.

4. What are the latest must-read/must-listen/must-watch book/song/movie you would recommend?

Music:  lately it’s almost all about techno/house techno/electro, in particular the ones from Berlin and London (Hackney & Dalston). Psyk, Extrawelt and Kuriose Naturale are among many others my fav Berliner DJs recently. Clown by Psyk still gives me goose bumps after looping it tens of hundreds of times. But I think it’s def unfair to say that Berlin only has Techno. If you disagree with me, I will recommend Better Person for you to try. His songs always sound fragile and at the edge of melancholy.

5. Why did you bring your TOTE 01 along this trip?

I like dressing up in cold colors like black, grey and blue, as well as wrapping myself in firm geometric patterns. That’s why I’m obsessed with the straight lines and volume-feeling of TOTE 01 (I’m obsessed with lots of weird things anyway). Also for a day trip I need a bag which I could put a lot of random stuff in. TOTE 01 does its job perfectly as it’s neither huge nor tiny.

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1.  We loved your picture! Could you tell us a little bit about your trip? Why you went there and something funny/cool/interesting that happened to you?

Thank you so much. I went to LA and Coachella to do two photo shoots for my watch brand Andreas Ingeman. My co founder and I met up with a great photographer and models, walking around shooting and had so much fun. That is when this photo was taken. I spent 10 days in total mixing business and pleasure. LA is a fun city I come back to every Easter, and I will most likely spend more time there now as our business is growing in US. The most fun was meeting lots of cool people at Coachella which is my favorite festival. Great music, great people and a great atmosphere.

2. What are some of the best places you went during this travel that you want to recommend to others?

The best place to stay is definitely Petit Ermitage. They have an amazing rooftop with a very special vibe, and I really like the people working there. Only hotel guests are allowed and it makes it very relaxed and intimate. Some say the vibe reminds them of the garden at Chatau Marmont in the 90s, but more intimate. I also love going to Venice every time I'm in LA to get a different feel of the city, and to visit some of the great restaurants in Abbot Kinny. Coachella is another destination anyone interested in music and style should do. The palm trees framing the festival grounds make the scenery so beautiful, and they have new art pieces on the festival grounds every year. The Ferris wheel at sunset is iconic.

3. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I live in Oslo, but I love traveling. luckily I get to do it a lot. I like being creative and meeting people, to create something cool with interesting people and have fun doing it. I guess that's why I have started my own brand and why we focus our business abroad.

4. What are the latest must-read/must-listen/must-watch book/song/movie you would recommend?

I would recommend a fellow Norwegian. I think that Astrid S is an artist more people outside Norway should get to know. Her voice is amazing and her sound too. You could start with one of her latest songs "Breath".

5. Why did you bring your TOTE 01 along this trip?

I love the bag. It looks amazing and it's practical too. I love the fact that you can change the look of it with new patches anytime you feel like mixing it up a bit.

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1. Could you tell us a little bit about your trip? Why you went there and something funny/cool/interesting that happened to you?

I went to Berlin as i used to live there and my roomie celebrated his 30th birthday.

Interesting / funny thing: Berlin’s alternative fashion week. „Halle am Berghain“ gets transformed into an indoor market with catwalk shows driven by artistic creativity where designers showcase experimental fashion undermined with best techno music.

The TOTE 01 picture was taken right afterwards around at corner at the main entrance.

2. What are some of the best places you went during this travel that you want to recommend to others?

Thai Park: Thai families sitting in the grass, cooking dishes from scratch. Perfect spot to get a cheap bite and hang out.

Heideglühen: Half-way open-air club built out of old shipping containers behind some bushes in Wedding.

Bauhaus Archive: Museum showing the extensive collections of the Bauhaus movement. Definetly worth going!

3. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

German girl; living / studying / working in Copenhagen;  Love to travel, go out and experience the new, fresh and unconventional

4. What are the latest must-read/must-listen/must-watch book/song/movie you would recommend?

Habibi Funk - 60s/70s/80s funky music from the arabic world

5. Why did you bring your TOTE 01 along this trip?

I use the TOTE 01 as my everyday bag as i love being spontensous and the bag fits every occasion


1. Could you tell us a little bit about your trip? Why you went there and something funny/cool/interesting that happened to you?

The western part of China has always been my infinite inspiration, and every year, exploring Tibet, Yunnan and other undiscovered parts of the world is what drives me in life. 

This time we stayed at a tent in the middle of the valleys of Shangrila was the most incredible experience. Meeting the people that were born and raised in the purest, most untouched village of Niru, listening to their stories of life-challenging hikes and incredible ideas of their own environmental protection was truly mind-opening. 

2. What are some of the best places you went during this travel that you want to recommend to others?

Shangrila is much more untouched than I imagined, considering the degree of conaissance around the world due to the hotel (which has nothing to do with the region really)

Dali and Lijiang: two incredibly old towns tucked inside China's Yunnan province are must-gos for beginners travelling in inland China. Chic cafes and restaurants, the snow mountains that surround them and the incredible food culture always makes me feel relaxed and happy about life.

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3. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I was born and raised in China and lived in places like Vancouver, Paris, Shanghai and currently in Hong Kong. For me, I am just another Chinese boy always trying to change the world's stereotype about China!

4. What are the latest must-read/must-listen/must-watch book/song/movie you would recommend?

Theoretical China by Winston Tong. An 80s classic that is still chic to listen today.

5. Why did you bring your TOTE 01 along this trip?

The versatility of the bag goes with all my outfits, and can always blend into environments from Berlin to Shangrila, always looking cool, discreet, but you know it's something cool you are wearing. 

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