Where was your first plane to?
My first plane trip was from Tasmania to Melbourne. I was on TAA which, if you are Australian, will show how long ago that was. Back in the days when plane travel was still very special and elegant.
It was an especially exciting time for us because it was a complete move, not just a holiday and the main thing I remember was that it was a very turbulent flight. I thought all the air pockets were so much fun. I totally wanted to be a pilot when I grew up after that flight!
After a few more trips, I got to do something even more exciting - fly alone! I wore my best dress and had my hair all done up. I thought I was so grown up and sophisticated. I think I was about 6 years old at the time.
Where have you traveled to that you would love to visit again?
It's got to be Japan. I mean I've been there like eight times or something already. I've actually lost count before the first few times were in my old passport.
There are still like 10 prefectures I've not yet visited and so much more for me to do. And there will always be Arashi concerts to go to.
Plus, i'm having my special number birthday party there in September! Hell yeah.
I want to go back to Seoul too. I mean, I was there for three days. That is hardly enough time to do anything. So much more food to eat. Plus Korea has the best coffee in Asia.
Even though I was there for such a short time, South Korea felt so much more alive and vibrant than Japan. And the bars around Hongdae are so much fun.
I have a feeling I'll go back to Italy. It was the place where I had life change lasagne. And the gelato... that was love at first sight, every single time.
You’re leaving tomorrow, money is no object, where are you going?
I never really think about money when I travel. Not that I have bags of money to throw around, just that if I want to go somewhere, I make it work.
To be totally honest, I would go to Japan and go to Arashi concerts at all five domes - Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo and Sapporo. I know people who have done that and I always think they must be loaded - or have really good friends who give them tickets.
I'd like to go to so many concerts that I got to the point where I think I'd rather do something else tonight. But I think they would get sick of performing before I got sick of watching.
But, if I had to go somewhere I'd never been before, I'd love to go to this hotel in Lapland. You can lay in bed in one of the glass igloos and watch the Northern Lights. How perfect would that be?
And I don't think Lapland would be much colder than Tasmania is at the moment, even though it's the middle of summer here!
Preferred method of travel; planes, trains or car?
Train all the way. My dream is to travel the world by train as much as possible. I really want to go on the Trans-Siberian railway.
Trains really are the perfect way to travel. You just rock up to the train station and board the train. No getting to the airport early, having to go through all the security bollocks then wait around for ages to board.
If you get bored, you can get up and wander, maybe go to the cafe car for a snack. You usually get heaps of leg room and a spacious comfy seat. In Europe, a lot of the trains I caught had WiFi.
Even travelling across Japan on local trains was an awesome experience despite the numb bum.
I guess car does have one distinct advantage - you can sing your heart out without annoying anyone but still someone has to drive.
Favourite travel website?
Airbnb. I'm a total Airbnb fan girl and have found awesome deals. It is my first stop to look for accommodation when I travel.
I have pretty stringent requirements when I travel. I prefer a space of my own that's quiet but I want to keep within budget and don't want to pay any more than $50 a night, often much less.
Okay, I'll confess. One of the other reasons Airbnb is my first stop is because I'm a smoker and it's one of the few places where I can find places that allow smoking. Other sites let you filter for non-smoking rooms but not explicitly for smoking ones.
Plus, you can find super awesome places like the gypsy caravan I staying in when I went to The Netherlands.
Tablet Hotels is another favourite. I can have more than one, right! While some of the hotels are far too rich for my blood, I have found some wonderful, quirky places to stay through their website for a bit of a splurge. I figure if the accommodation is really amazing, I don't mind going over budget.
Adioso is a new favourite. I love this site because instead of searching for flights from point to point, you can enter a vague area like Europe and then see the best city to fly into.
Where would you travel to just eat the food?
Hard question. Isn't food the whole point of travel? I'd go back to Italy for the food in a heart beat. It was too hot when I was there for me to fully enjoy eating.
I would like to go to more Asian countries, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong to eat.
Is there a place you would never go again?
Vietnam. I visited over 10 years ago and hated it. People kept asking me how much I weighed and stared at me. It was awful. My room mate was quite booby and she copped it even worse. We both ended up getting very self conscious and staying in our room.
I might consider going back to London but my impression of it, from my time there is that its cold and grey. Sorry, England.
Can you recite your passport number from memory if asked?
I wish. It'd save all that scurrying around in my bag when I have to fill out forms on the plane.
Do you prefer the Window, Aisle, or Middle seat?
Aisle all the way. I am at risk for DVT so need to get up and move around during long flights. I hate climbing over other people so I need the aisle seat.
The secret to the aisle seat is to board the plane as late as possible so you don't get every single person bashing you with their oversized carryon bag during boarding. Even doing that, it's pretty much guaranteed that person with the window seat in my row will board even later so I have to get up and let them in. Also, hate on them for the entire flight because I thought I had the row to myself.
* Peach airlines in Japan make those with window seats board first. Nice work, Peach.
My other tip is to sit toward the back of the plane. Less people to bash you and, because everyone wants to sit up the front, you have more chance of an empty seat beside you. I have a theory that having an aisle seat in the middle section means you are more likely to have an empty seat too.
How do you pass the time on the air plane?
Okay, I do this really weird thing and I thought it was just a me thing but a woman I worked with does it too so maybe I'm not so strange.
I hate flying. Not in a scared of flying way but in the way that I find it hard to sit in my seat for hours with nothing much to do. I get crazy bored and can't settle to anything. I constantly check the time and am like "hell, 9 hours 45 minutes to go..." then "9 hours 44 minutes to go..." and drive myself nutes.
What I do to combat the boredom is divide the time up into 15 minute blocks. Anyone can amuse themselves for 15 minutes.
A ten hour flight becomes 40 activities.
So, I think of an activity to do, like reading or watching a movie or doing sudoku. I absolutely refuse to let myself check the time until I am certain that the 15 minutes is up. Usually I go way over the 15 minutes so I'm totally happy.
It works especially well with sleep. I could never sleep on planes but if I trick myself into thinking I'll just have a 15 minute kip, I can relax and sleep longer. It stops the getting so stressed about wanting to sleep that you can't sleep cycle.
Other things that are good for the plane - Korean face sheet masks. You can amuse yourself on the plane and arrive without having all the moisture sucked out of your skin onboard, snacks, nicotine inhaler.
Finally, if you get really bored, you can play the game of "if this plane crashed and I had to eat someone to survive, who would I eat first?" You can combine it with a walk around the plane to check out the menu... I mean, other passengers. Is that ghoulish?