I recently asked WOW readers to submit their hand luggage questions via the World of Wanderlust App – here are your questions and my answers plus a bonus “Whats in My Bag” video to show you what is in my bag!
What do you pack in your hand luggage?
I recently filmed a video on my Youtube Channel which shows my favourite belongings that I carry everywhere – these few things are always with me as my hand luggage as its everything I need to keep me busy. My iPhone, Frends headphones and a good book are absolute necessities for wherever I travel. I’d also almost always have a bottle of water in my bag to stay hydrated.
What do you never leave home without?
My iPhone, my LifeProof case (lifesaver), my headphones, perfume (on and inside my bag), and my purse with some local currency.
Any advice for frequent flyers?
I’ve finally learned that ‘less is more’ and work with what I have rather than worry about anything I’ve forgotten to pack. I’m travelling so much that its nearly impossible to remember everything. I also love zip-lock bags, they’re a lifesaver for cosmetics and toiletries.
What kind of luggage do you use?
I recently upgraded to Samsonite luggage – a little more expensive but totally worth the investment. The quality of the bags is a necessity considering I’m on planes or trains every second day!
How early do you get to the airport?
Usually an hour and a half to two hours before the flight.
Do you eat in the lounge or before going to the airport?
I really really hate airport and airplane food… it all tastes so processed and lacks in any nutrition. I always try to eat before I go but find myself often scouring the airport last minute for a piece of fruit or fresh juice.
Any favorite airline?
Emirates – I’m working my way up their tier status programs which has even resulted in many unnecessary re-routes through Dubai. I don’t mind flying out of the way just to fly with them, they’re my preference by far.
Any plane etiquette tips?
No weird smells.
First impressions of Paris?
“Omg, that’s the Eiffel Tower…”
First impressions of London?
Men with British accents…….. (jaw dropped).
New York or LA?
One word to describe New York?
Ever had a bad experience in the air?
There have been a few…. one memorable one would be emergency landing in the middle of nowhere in Chile, followed by a wait, re-boarding the plane, and turning around to fly back to the origin. Then I stayed overnight in some random hotel before flying out to my destination the following day. Not speaking Spanish at this point was highly frustrating!
How often do you get sick if you are travelling 24/7?
My immune system is pretty good nowadays. I have been hospitalised once this year after being severely burnt out, and have been sick enough to go to the doctors and spend 3-4 days in bed a few other times. Considering I travel so much and have such a physically demanding schedule, I would say those are pretty good odds!
Name one amazing opportunity you have refused?
I turn down quite a lot of opportunities to be honest… usually due to scheduling conflicts. Next week I should be in Dubai but I had to politely decline – not that I’m complaining, I’ll be on a beach somewhere in Hawaii instead!
What would be your dream collaboration?
Not really a collaboration as such, but I’d love to see my own line of luggage or hats released. I have lots of ideas floating around!
Do you keep in touch with other bloggers or your ‘real friends’ more?
It’s a bit of both but I do tend to speak to my blogger friends more as I see them more now that I’m living in Europe away from my friends/family back home in Australia. But I’ll be home for New Years Celebrations and see everyone then – I’m really excited for that!
When did you feel as though you had made it in the blogging industry?
I get asked this question a lot and it kind of blows me away, just the question itself. I don’t think WOW is anywhere near its full potential, I’m really excited to see how far it grows in 2015 as there are some very exciting things planned – I can’t wait!
Goals for 2015?
Find a better routine in my crazy lifestyle by being able to be more active, eat better, and drink more water. I have really missed routine! My sleeping pattern is also way outta whack.