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Nick Waterhouse

Singer and songwriter

The LA-based singer, songwriter and record producer tours the world with his band; his latest self-titled album came out this spring.
nickwaterhouse.com

1. What’s your favourite carrier?
I am a huge fan of Air New Zealand. Their staff are always kind, witty and professional, plus the amenities are just that extra 10 per cent more, even in Economy class.

2. Do you arrive bright and early or just in time for your flight?
As a band leader and the son of a fireman, I’m wired to arrive in the early window.

3. Ever missed a flight?
No.

4. What’s your favourite airport – and least favourite?
My favourite is Copenhagen: it’s elegant, clean, calming. Antithetical to my least favourite, Denver. It’s the devil’s airport. Bonus round: Long Beach is my favourite minor-league airport.

5. What are your top tips for coping with lots of travel?
Always drink more water than you think you need to and don’t forget your headphones.

6. What hotel do you have on speed dial?
L’Horizon Resort & Spa in Palm Springs.

7. Do you prefer a breakfast buffet or a morning coffee brought to your room?
Coffee in the room feels like an indulgence when I do it. Since I have a large band, the buffet is a good place to regale each other with the previous night’s tales.

8. What’s your luggage brand of choice?
Briggs & Riley, Satchel & Page and Rooky Ricardo’s tote bag.

9. What’s your favourite city to wake up in?
In the right neighbourhood with the right weather, London or Chicago.

10. What’s on your wishlist of places to visit?
I’m looking forward to Mexican and Brazilian excursions and really need to find a way onto the Orient Express running from Venice one of these days.

11. What’s your idea of the perfect holiday?
Great coffee, no lobby calls, empathetic friends and guides, and clean sheets round the clock.

12. What has been your most unforgettable trip?
A 100-year-old lakefront hunting lodge in Banff National Park, with no mobile or wi-fi, really made a memory for me. Give me a rumpus room with a billiards table, a massive crackling fireplace and a lakefront view and I am a happy man.

13. Do you check your work emails while you’re on holiday?
I have never been off the clock; it’s the nature of my art.

14. What’s your travel motto?
This’ll never happen again.


Nick Wakeman

Creative director and founder, Studio Nicholson

Wakeman launched her London-based fashion brand Studio Nicholson in 2010. She works closely with manufacturers in Italy, Japan, Portugal and the UK to create her timeless collections and is often on the go.
studionicholson.com

1. What’s your favourite carrier?
ANA [All Nippon Airways] to Tokyo.

2. Do you arrive bright and early or just in time for your flight?
Bright and early – I really like to people-watch.

3. Ever missed a flight?
Just the once, due to a hilariously long sleepless night in New York many moons ago.

4. What’s your favourite airport – and least favourite?
My favourite would have to be Hong Kong and my least favourite is Gatwick.

5. What are your top tips for coping with lots of travel?
Water, water, water – and don’t eat airline food.

6. What hotel do you have on speed dial?
Locanda Pandenus in Milan. Filippo Lecardane, who owns the hotel, is seriously the most welcoming host and the beds are outrageously comfortable.

7. Do you prefer a breakfast buffet or a morning coffee brought to your room?
Buffet. I’m a terrible voyeur.

8. What’s your luggage brand of choice?
A combination of Rimowa and Muji.

9. What’s your favourite city to wake up in?
Kyoto. Honestly, it’s just the most welcome relief from work trips to Tokyo and I love that there is all this old tradition to explore in the city.

10. What’s on your wishlist of places to visit?
Hawaii, Naoshima and Ethiopia.

11. What has been your most unforgettable trip?
Desert excursions with my best friend in the US. It was a particular time in our lives – carefree, fun – and we didn’t shower for days.

12. What’s your travel motto?
Stay curious.


Yotam Ottolenghi

Chef, restaurant owner and food writer

Ottolenghi has opened six restaurants in London – for which he finds inspiration on his travels – and authored numerous cookbooks, including Simple and Sweet, which are published by Ebury.
ottolenghi.co.uk

1. What’s your favourite carrier?
I don’t kiss and tell.

2. Do you arrive bright and early or just in time for your flight?
I arrive with enough time for a coffee and some emails.

3. Ever missed a flight?
Never.

4. What’s your favourite airport – and least favourite?
Singapore Changi Airport is my favourite thanks to the food: top laksa and bakkwa. Tegel Airport in Berlin isn’t – it feels like a relic.

5. What are your top tips for coping with lots of travel?
Plenty of water, Mentos Fruit and a Netflix subscription.

6. Do you prefer a breakfast buffet or a morning coffee brought to your room?
On book tours I prefer breakfast in my room as it’s usually a very early start. On holiday I like to eat out like a local.

7. What’s your favourite city to wake up in?
San Francisco is one of my favourite cities. It has such a great atmosphere, is convenient and has an amazing restaurant scene. What’s not to like?

8. What’s on your wishlist of places to visit?
Mexico’s first, currently. I’m a bit late on the travel trend but I can’t wait to try the tacos, barbacoa and tamales.

9. What has been your most unforgettable trip?
I travelled to Malaysia 10 years ago with my friend and co-author Helen Goh. It was the most eye-opening food trip I’ve been on to date. Sambals, laksas and nasi lemak inspire me to this day.

10. What’s your idea of the perfect holiday?
Having my family with me somewhere relaxing – and plenty of red wine.

11. What’s your travel motto?
Don’t worry about the stuff you forgot to bring (except a passport – do worry about that).


Evie Wyld

Novelist and bookshop owner

Six years after the release of her award-winning novel All the Birds, Singing, the Anglo-Australian writer and founder of the London-based bookshop Review will release her new book, The Bass Rock, soon.
eviewyld.com

1. What’s your favourite carrier?
Qantas.

2. Do you arrive bright and early or just in time for your flight?
I usually arrive before check-in even starts. I’m absolutely paranoid about missing a flight.

3. Ever missed a flight?
No.

4. What’s your luggage brand of choice?
I have an old carpet bag. Sometimes I look at nice, fancy luggage like Away, which seems very clever and exciting, but I always know when it’s my bag on the carousel and I don’t think anyone else would want to touch it.

5. What hotel do you have on speed dial?
The Westbury in Dublin.

6. Do you prefer a breakfast buffet or a morning coffee brought to your room?
Breakfast buffet.

7. What’s your favourite city to wake up in?
Sydney, I think.

8. What’s your favourite airport – and least favourite?
Singapore has a garden that lets you breathe real air if you’re transferring, so that’s my favourite. My least favourite is Dubai.

9. What are your top tips for coping with lots of travel?
Drink a certain amount. Some of it should be water.

10. What’s on your wishlist of places to visit?
I went to China when I was a teenager and did it very badly. I’d like another go.

11. What has been your most unforgettable trip?
I drove with a friend up the west coast of Australia in my twenties. We were incredibly stupid and nearly died so many times.

12. What’s your travel motto?
Eat like nobody’s watching.


Anne Petersen

Editor, ‘Salon’ magazine

As editor of Hamburg-based hospitality, food, design and culture magazine Salon, Petersen is always travelling for inspiration.
salon-mag.de

1. What’s your favourite carrier?
Swiss and Lufthansa are a treat – and a real relief compared to Easyjet, which I occasionally have to take from Hamburg. But I’m also always very happy to fly with Air France because they have the best in-flight magazine: Air France Madame.

2. Do you arrive bright and early or just in time for your flight?
I’m definitely not an early bird.

3. Ever missed a flight?
Yes.

4. What’s your favourite airport – and least favourite?
Copenhagen is a good size and has good hot dogs. Paris – gates 61 to 68 – is as dreary and boring as a bus stop in the middle of nowhere. The only thing you can eat is a dry sandwich from Brioche Dorée and you’re lucky if you’ve brought a good book to entertain you. But it definitely prevents you from shopping too much.

5. What are your top tips for coping with lots of travel?
To relax – use the offline time in the plane for “meeting yourself”; for thinking or sleeping. My best travel companion is a very big cashmere scarf by Brunello Cucinelli.

6. What hotel do you have on speed dial?
The Louis Hotel by Rudi Kull und Albert Weinzierl in Munich. It’s very central, beautifully designed and has a new grill restaurant.

7. Do you prefer a breakfast buffet or a morning coffee brought to your room?
I love breakfast in the room; I actually think the breakfast buffet is completely overrated.

8. What’s your luggage brand of choice?
The German brand Vocier, founded by ex-investment bankers Michael Kogelnik and Vinzent Wuttke.

9. What’s your favourite city to wake up in?
Paris during Maison & Objet in one of the shabby and old-fashioned rooms of Hôtel Saint Germain des Prés in Rue Bonaparte.

10. What’s on your wishlist of places to visit?
Georgia. This summer my family and I will explore the country’s coast of Batumi, the wine region, the mountains and Tbilisi with its exciting food scene. The Café Littera is on top of my list: it’s hidden in the courtyard of a 120-year-old building and I’m very curious about its female chef, Tekuna Gachechiladze. I’m planning on going to Romania in the autumn and would love to go to Poland too but don’t know if I’ll be able to fit it in my schedule. I think eastern Europe is still underestimated, even though there is so much happening.

11. What’s your idea of the perfect holiday?
Staying in a country house in Italy with my husband and my four children and having the time to read a lot of good books and cook in the evening with a good bottle of wine. It’s as easy and simple as that.

12. What has been your most unforgettable trip?
Lerici on the Ligurian Sea. Swimming, aperitivos at Scuola di Mare Santa Teresa – there’s a perfect, understated Amalfi feeling with no other tourists.

13. Do you check your work emails while you’re on holiday?
No. I love my job but even if I run the risk of appearing old fashioned I never do. I really hate it when I have to at times. I think it’s a question of respect for other people’s private lives to be able to leave them alone for a period of at least two weeks. When my colleagues go on holiday I don’t want to see or hear from them until they are back at the office.

14. What’s your travel motto?
Take your time, enjoy, be curious and happy that you have the chance to see all this. Better to go a little bit too far than not far enough.

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