How I Travel: Lyndsay Doran, Founder of UAE-born activewear brand, L’Couture

Hayley Kadrou
May 9, 2021

UAE entrepreneur talks us through the trip that changed her life, her ultimate suitcase items and the best holiday destinations for fitness fanatics.

Before venturing into the world of being a business owner, Lyndsay Doran enjoyed a colourful career with Emirates. Naturally, her former life took her on many journeys around the globe.

But it was a trip to Thailand that would eventually change the course of her life, inspiring her to launch her very own luxury activewear brand, L’Couture. Founded in 2019, she described her lines as a product of ‘form and function… Guided by our design ethos to create beautifully constructed products with a nod to current trends, L’Couture aims to be at the forefront of effortless style.”

But what about when she’s not working on her home-grown brand in Dubai? Here’s how Doran travels the world…

Founder of L’Couture Lyndsay Doran riding a bike on holiday
Founder of L’Couture, Lyndsay Doran, talks us through her travel wants. Credit | Supplied

The first place on my post-pandemic travel list…

I can’t wait to go back to Thailand, I usually travel there up to three times a year. Currently, I have a trip to Greece planned with my husband and friends. We’ll be island hopping, so I am really looking forward to stunning sunsets and scenic views. Of course, I also can’t wait to go back home to Scotland to visit my family and friends, whenever that might be possible.

My top-three holiday destinations are…

Thailand
Greece
Maldives

The best holiday destinations for fitness fanatics are…

For me, it’s Thailand. It’s where I started my fitness journey six years ago. I would say Dubai is also a great destination for anyone into fitness as there a wide variety of state-of-art gyms and studios.

honeymoon in the Maldives
The Maldives features in Lyndsay’s top destinations. Credit | Istock

My earliest travel memory is…

Going to the Canary Islands with my family, I think I was about five or six. I’ve always loved family holidays and still do.

The thing I love most about travelling is…

Experiencing other cultures, exploring different cuisines and meeting new people.

The trip that changed my life was…

My honeymoon trip to Phuket, as this is where I started my relationship with sports and fitness. It served as a real catalyst for me to change my outlook on life. I would never have started L’Couture if I hadn’t changed my lifestyle and discovered fitness.

My favourite travel quote is...

Once a year, travel somewhere you have never been before.

On my travels, I collect…

Memories and photographs. I love looking back at photographs from all my trips, when I used to work for Emirates and visited so many amazing countries.

When I travel, I pack…

Activewear, of course, my L’Couture shorts are my favourite to train in when I am somewhere hot. I can’t wait to take our new Vitality collection when I travel next.

Then there’s Booty Bands, AirPods, a good book, and a new bikini for every day.

My Instagram game on holiday is…

Usually, I try to limit the time on my phone when I’m on holiday, so I can switch off. However, I love to make sure that I get some content in our up and coming collections and of course, family snaps for the memories.

My holiday fitness routine looks like…

My husband and I usually like to weight train before heading to breakfast and do cardio at sunset. Working out is always a big part of all our trips.

A sunset workout factors into Lyndsay’s holiday routine. Credit | Pixabay

I keep myself entertained while travelling by…

Enjoying my downtime by working out, reading and going for nice meals.

My holiday to-do list looks like...

Get a golden tan, switch off from the day-to-day, finish a book, come back feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.

Travel inspires me because…

Visiting different countries always influences my future designs and collections from colours to fabrics.

I never travel without…

My fedora hat and SPF 50 – my beach holiday essentials.

On my bucket list is…

I would love to go to Iceland, it looks absolutely stunning. Who knows, maybe one day we will be shooting for L’Couture there – the dream location!

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