First-class, business or economy?
Business for long haul. Generally my trips are short so there’s no time for jetlag. When I land, I’m ready to get back to work, so I hit the ground running.
Most frequented destination
Asia – for inspiration and time out. In Thailand, Japan, Singapore or Hong Kong, the service has always been impeccable and the culture so rich. Even the simplest action’s an experience.
If I ran my own airline I would . . .
Give every passenger a set of noise-cancelling headphones.
Worst place you’ve been lost
Without a doubt, it was trying to find our hotel in Avignon, France. This is an old city surrounded by a fortress wall. It is maze of one-way cobblestone streets, barely wide enough to walk on. It took us nearly three hours driving in circles, in and out of the city gates, looping around the little lanes until we finally found our oasis hidden behind a row of bollards that dropped down when you pressed a buzzer connecting you to concierge. Thank goodness it was the most incredible hotel we have ever seen or it would have been divorce by honeymoon.
Most memorable overseas dining
We were fortunate to be invited to a private lunch at Dom Perignon estate. With our host, we dined in one of the two estate chateaux, reserved for dignitaries, high profile guests and leaders. Overwhelming is an understatement. A simple lunch of roast Bresse chicken with fresh truffle was meticulously prepared by a Michelin star chef. A personal butler was beside us for the duration of the meal. With each of the four courses, came a new vintage of Dom, including a 1966 Oenotheque. Breathtaking.
What’s in the suitcase?
iPad, global converter and a “to-do list”.
Spare afternoon in a new city
Drop me into a supermarket in any country and I am a happy girl. I always say that the best way to see a country is through the food they eat.
Always leave a little something for the guest attendant looking after your room. They are generally the hardest working and are rarely seen to thank. If you do, chances are a couple of extra chocolates will be on your pillow at turn down.
The iPhone has changed the way we travel. On a recent trip to Japan (my first) I downloaded a translation app that let me take a picture of a menu or package for an instant translation.
Best overseas purchase
Hand-crafted Japanese sashimi knives from the back streets of Tokyo.
Best travelling tale
Spending a year of my life travelling around the world with one of my best friends created a lifetime of memories. I had started a fashion accessory company at 22 and sold it to my partner to fund the trip abroad. It was the best decision I ever made.
Best thing about travelling
Finally having found someone who appreciates my need to research and visit the best restaurants, markets and food outlets in any given country. My husband knows I will plan any trip we take and is happy to go along for the ride.
Top travel gripe
Missing the end of a movie when you have to stow your television at the end of a flight.
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