On the Road with William Yan


Whether it’s chasing a story, shooting a movie, or pitching an innovative new technology platform, our favorite cultural innovators are always on the move — and showing off their style while they do it. On the Road follows the most stylish and interesting culture-makers and takes a look at how they travel.

First up is photographer William Yan. Based in NYC, Yan finds himself traveling constantly to capture shots for big-name clients as well as his own art. (All photos here are by Jono Bernstein.) Read on to find out how you can win the UGG for Men chukka-sneaker Yan is sporting here.

Flavorwire: What are your top 3 must-pack items when you’re traveling for business? What about when you’re traveling for pleasure?

William Yan: When traveling for business, I must have my digital camera, laptop, and universal travel adapter. As for pleasure, I make sure I have a film camera, loads of film, and a notebook to jog down notes and inspiration.

Any frequent-flier tips to stay sane at the airport or on long flights?

Make sure you have a good playlist and noise cancellation headphones. I’ve been loving my Monster Inspiration ones.

Give us some recent in-flight reading or music you’ve enjoyed.

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra is a good one, you can go through it quick or read it slowly.

What do you do to keep your feet comfortable during your travels?

Sometimes I take off my shoes to show off my fancy socks and that will usually do the trick.

What’s your travel footwear must-have?

A slip-on so you can get in and out of security with the quickness.

What are you working on now, and why does it mean a lot of travel?

I’m editing some photos from a recent trip to Winslow, Arizona. Traveling is so important for me, it inspires me creatively every time I’m exploring new places and different cultures all around the world.

What’s the coolest place you’ve been?

Koelner Zoo in Cologne, Germany has been rad; the Elephant Park is humongous and there are thousands of animals up in there.

Any final tips for traveling in style?

Always pack a suit, just in case a situation calls for one.

Enter to win the UGG for Men chukka-sneaker Yan is wearing here! Be sure to read contest Terms & Conditions.