10 October 2019

Kate Bright founded a company representing elite female security professionals, UMBRA International, and more recently spoke about invisible security at a TEDx Talk. We sat down with Kate to find out what luxury she never travels without, the most memorable travel experience she's ever had and her ultimate travel mantra...

*Brand of luggage and why?

Away - love their personalization and practicality 

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and STOW: - I never go anywhere without the Travel Tote!

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*What luxury do you never travel without?

-Jasmina Vico preps my skin before I leave (when she’s not busy looking after the A list like Jodie Comer) and always gives me Zo Skin brightening masks for when I travel

-International WIFI - a luxury and a safety necessity.

*Three must haves in your carry on?

-Sunglasses. Always FINLAY

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-mophie Juice pack and international plug adaptor,

-again: WIFI, both a luxury and necessity to stay in touch with my clients

*Early to airport or skin of your teeth?

Always early - working with some of the best close Protection teams in the business they instilled a sense of ‘Lombardi time’ in me inspired by the legendary sports coach Vince Lombardi. Always be early.

*Favourite airline and why?

Emirates for Middle East trips, United for USA and virgin for clubhouse access pre-flight. Fly victor or Shy for private.

*What shoes do you travel in?

Ash trainers, converse hi top or my silver MM8’s.

*What’s on your travel reading list at the moment?

The Source: Open Your Mind, Change Your Life

Emilie Bellet’s excellent You're Not Broke You're Pre-Rich

*Favourite hotel in the world?

Mandarin wherever I go

Espa life Corinthia to hide when in London

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Majakezi for opulent relaxation, and anywhere with a Bodyism spa

*First thing you do in a hotel room?

-I am a creature of habit – if I’m at a Mandarin hotel, I see what new inroom yoga classes have been added & check in with any new safety procedures & protocol : a reflex instinct from my work.

*Hotel shampoo and conditioner, or...?

-Charlie At Hari’s hair always makes me travel with step3 olaplex. 

*Favourite brand of sunscreen?

I love Vitamin D, and so that I don’t undo all of Jasmina’s hard work I wear factor 50 always.

Safari or beach?

-Ideally Both – Thanda Safari captured my heart, but I’m a Californian beach bum in another lifetime. Mozambique is next on the list to combine my two loves.

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Top city escape and any insider tips?

LA - escape to Malibu, Barcelona and the fun of Sitges, Capetown for 12 apostles beach

+ go and be shown by locals in new places.

*Favourite restaurant from your travels?

-All the vineyards in South Africa, Kong in Paris, Brasserie Lipp in Geneva, Beach House, Malibu

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*Where do you long to go next?

-I'd love to go to Azerbaijan - Baku fascinates me and I’ve got to ski in Japan before I die.

*Best purchase made abroad?

-Always experiences

*If there’s one museum that can’t be missed?

-I think my home town of London as a city is a living museum – wherever in the world I am, particularly the US I will make a point to watch something sporting, or check and see which bands are in town. Music and Sport are my Culture and Art.

*What do you think is the best quality in a travel companion’?

-I think the same characteristics as I'd value in people around me - life is a journey and I love people with resilience and humour. Some of my best trips have been travelling alone, when you’re your own best companion you can navigate around in a unique way and meet new people in a different way.

*Funniest travelling experience or most memorable journey you’ve ever had?

-I’m very lucky to have had some amazing experiences but probably my charity trek across Peru when I was 23 with the charity Scope - Tony Hadley was in our group and we sang Gold and True most days on our 10 day trek - the poor guy...

*What would you like to see in the future for travel?

-Even more personalised and safer ways to travel: it means so much to have nothing between you and the experience in total safety.

*Finally - your ultimate travel mantra?

-'Look around look beyond look within' - travelling is always an inner journey too!

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Sarah Mason

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...

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