The 5-Minute Guide to Philadelphia with Photographer Reema Desai


There’s nothing quite like a weekend getaway—but when time is tight, you need to spend it well. So we invited a few of our travel-loving friends to hit up their favorite driveable destinations and report back with mini guides (think something you could read in five minutes). This time, travel photographer Reema Desai checks in from Philadelphia.

When travel photographer Reema Desai’s business really took off (pun intended), she moved from Florida to Washington, DC, to be closer to some of her clients, and she hasn’t slowed down since. She has learned the merits of packing light and sticking to a uniform on long work trips, which is why we love her strategy for shorter weekend getaways: dress a little a bit differently from how you normally do. Why? As Reema says, “Every city has its own unique style, so I love changing things up to reflect that.” Here, she shares her tips for fitting right into the City of Brotherly Love.

Destination: Philadelphia

Drive time from Washington, DC: 2 hours and 31 minutes in a Volkswagen Golf from Zipcar.

When you’re in Philadelphia, stay…
Near City Hall, if you can. That area has the most amazing architecture.

You can’t go wrong wearing…
Black high-rise jeans and a short-sleeve button-down shirt. A few pieces of delicate jewelry, like stacking rings, instantly make you feel pulled together.

Set the mood by listening to…
Typhoon’s album White Lighter. It’s upbeat and there are tons of instruments—it’s great music to play on the drive there.


One unique thing you can’t miss is…
Dinner at Little Fish. It’s a seriously tiny little seafood spot with just 22 seats, so plan in advance. The menu changes seasonally, and it’s BYOB. Simple but perfect.

When you’re packing for a quick trip, remember…
To dress for your destination. There’s something fun about traveling somewhere new and changing up your look to reflect that place.

If you take one tip from this, it should be…
Don’t be afraid to ask the locals what they would recommend. Philadelphia is such a walkable, friendly city. And don’t overplan! I love the spontaneous nature of a weekend away—everything is more laid-back, unlike when you go overboard planning for an overseas trip.

To sum up this trip in an emoji:



Reema packed our Holepunch Transport Tote, Playlist SunglassesHigh-Riser Skinny Jeans, Jean Jacket and Thea Crisscross Sandal.

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