Brand of luggage and why?
My black leather Longchamp holdall, understated and great for weekends or when you’re travelling with luggage in the hold.
What luxury do you never travel without?
Nuxe oil, the versatility and all in one nature of the oil is a winner. It’s great for your hair, skin, face and nails.
Three must haves in your carry on?
Eight hour cream by Elizabeth Arden to moisturize lips, hands and face, my Maui Jim sunglasses as you never know what weather awaits you at the other end, and lavender oil to help me sleep and make sure I don’t pick up any germs on the plane.
Early to airport or skin of your teeth?
Skin of my teeth – too much of my life is wasted in airports.
Favourite airline and why?
British Airways, despite the drawbacks of inconsistent customer service – the benefit and value of air miles is too good to give up.
What shoes do you travel in?
Shoes that don’t have to come off at security. Time and ease is of the essence, so, no heels with metal inserts, usually loafers or ballet flats if travelling for work, or my Superga’s if travelling on holiday, anything that’s easy to slip off and on.
What’s on your travel reading list at the moment?
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman) & The Essex Serpent (Sarah Perry).
Favourite hotel in the world?
Casa Las Tortugas, Isla Holbox, Mexico.
First thing you do in a hotel room?
Hang my dresses in the bathroom with the shower on at full blast, the steam makes the creases fall out and they look perfect.
Hotel shampoo and conditioner, or...?
Always my own – Maria Nila’s parabens free shampoos and conditioners do the trick, always decanted into tiny bottles.
Favourite brand of sunscreen?
Lancaster, the smell just reminds me of wonderful holidays.
Safari or beach?
Top city-escape and any insider tips?
Madrid, go to the Plaza Santa Ana for the ‘real’ Madrid, tapas, drinks and true Spanish atmosphere.
Favourite restaurant from your travels?
Don Julio in Palermo, Buenos Aires. The best steak ever.
Where do you long to go next?
Best purchase made abroad?
Two strings of pearls bought from a fisherman on the beach in Cartagena.
If there’s one museum that can’t be missed?
MOMA in NYC.
What do you think is the best quality in a travel companion?
To know when to keep quiet.
Funniest travelling experience or most memorable journey you’ve ever had?
Flying from Mexico City to Bogotá, when the person standing behind me, as we boarded the plane, strangled the chicken she was carrying which she was taking to a family feast in Medellin, because she was told that live stock was not allowed on the plane. The operative word being ‘live’…
What would you like to see in the future for travel?
Security scanners that allow you to just walk on through without having to take anything off or out.
Finally - your ultimate travel mantra?
Enjoy being disconnected, it won’t last for long.
Every time I explore a new destination, whether it’s on an adventure holiday in Peru or a luxury beach escape in the Indian Ocean, I return home full of excitement to share the amazing sights I have seen. Through my own experiences I have developed a love of helping others experience the great wonders of the world; truly getting under the skin of the extraordinary destinations that are at your fingertips. Getting the details right, from which hotel is perfectly located for exploring away from the crowds, to which local guide is most knowledgeable on history or culture or art, is of paramount importance to me. I am constantly seeking out new and exciting experiences and exploring off the beaten track to ensure my clients are receiving the best and most honest first-hand advice.
Take a look at my travel diaries for food for thought on your next trip...