Frequent Flyer: Mia Maestro, Musician-Actor

This Argentine beauty shares her airplane essentials, effortless travel style and the best things to do in Buenos Aires.


You may recognize this Argentine beauty from her role as Nadia in the TV series Alias, or even her most recent work playing biochemist Nora in the vampire drama The Strain. But acting isn’t the only creative venture Mia Maestro keeps herself busy with. This singer-songwriter just released her first album “Si Agua” this past April, which blends together her Argentinian heritage with American and European culture. Admittedly always having a passion for singing, her favourite part about being a signer is performing. “I love playing live, every part of it. Rehearsing with my band and interacting with an audience,” says Mia.

Jetting back and forth between Toronto and L.A., as well as New York, this busy musician and actor has certainly had time to rack up those frequent flier miles. We get the scoop on how she stays comfortable, yet fashionable on the plane, the beauty product she can’t live without, and also get her to share her favourite places to go in her hometown of Buenos Aires.

Why are you always travelling? Work, personal, both?

I travel a lot for work. Lately I’ve been commuting a lot from Toronto, where I’m filming FX’s The Strain, to my home in L.A. and also to N.Y. I just returned from Vancouver where I attended the TED conference.

What’s your carry-on bag?

I’m travelling with a Jones Duffel Bag by Eayrslee in black. I love those bags. I’ve had one in every colour!

What are the top 3 essentials you put in your carryon (besides your phone!)?

  • Tea
  • A Book
  • A Scribbling Pad

Travel & Style’s Pick: Kate Spade New York This Just In Notebook, $19.44,

Travel accessory/app you can’t leave home without?

My white porcelain tea thermos and my Tibetan Bells.

How do you kill time waiting for your flight/during a layover?

I’m always barely making my flight.

Favourite hotel and why?

I don’t really have one. My preference is always staying with friends or renting a house. I always love to have a kitchen to cook in at hand.

Hotel amenity you can’t live without?

A soaking tub.

Best meal on your last trip/ever. Where and what did you have?

El Bulli in Catalunya I had 33 mindblowing courses paired by incredible wines.

Travel music playlist?

Lately I’ve been listening to my label Art&Crafts’ new releases. Travelling is a good time to check out new music.

Favourite travel-friendly beauty product?

Argan Oil. I use it as a moisturizer, make up remover, and hair product.

Travel & Style’s Pick: Josie Maran 100 percent Pure Argan Oil, $60,

Tell us what your airplane style is.

  • My golden slide sneakers
  • Baggy Jeans R13
  • A comfy organic cotton T
  • A cozy sweater

Travel & Style’s Pick: Golden Goose Deluxe Brand “Super Star Record Edition” Sneakers, $558.07,

Most memorable souvenir?

Two art nouveau trays I found in a flea market in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Where was your last vacation and who did you travel with?

Last mini vacation was to the Bahamas, escaping the winter in Toronto. I travelled with my girlfriend Martha.

What was the best thing you did on your last vacation?

Stand up paddling and swimming. It was great being in the water while it was -40 in Toronto.

What would you recommend to someone who is visiting Buenos Aires for the first time? What should they absolutely do/see/eat?

  • The San Telmo Flea Market on Sundays
  • A local milonga
  • Tango in La Glorieta de Belgrano
  • The Colón Theater
  • Yeite: Pamela Villar’s restaurant.
  • Birkin Café
  • Fundación Proa in La Boca
  • A River Plate football match in the “Estadio Millonario”

Dream destination?