WALKABOUT

Co­me­dian Char­lie Pick­er­ing shares his travel tips and mishaps

Australian Traveller - - Contents -

1. As a child, our fam­ily hol­i­days were al­ways to... Noosa. 2. Now if I have time for a short break, I head straight to... coun­try Vic­to­ria. It has some of the best food in the most beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tions… and it’s only an hour or so from my house. 3. My lo­cal’s tip for Mel­bourne is... for the best cof­fee in town go to Casati’s Deli on Easey Street, Colling­wood. 4. My souvenir of choice is... a snow dome. I have a col­lec­tion of beau­ti­fully hideous win­ter land­scapes from around the world. When I’m on the road, I’m lis­ten­ing to... Two of Us by 5. The Bea­tles. My last hol­i­day read was... City Of Mir­rors by Justin Cronin. 6. It’s the third in a tril­ogy and a nice, fat, sci-fi/vam­pire/zom­bie/fu­ture story. Noth­ing too se­ri­ous, other than apoc­a­lyp­tic Ar­maged­don. I can’t leave home with­out... my Blue­tooth head­phones. 7. My travel wardrobe al­ways con­sists of... Cole Haan 8. blue Wingtip Ox­ford shoes, Her­schel Pop Quiz back­pack and plain t-shirts from Mr Sim­ple. When it comes to pack­ing, I... am get­ting bet­ter at not 9. over­pack­ing. I’ve started us­ing a sys­tem of large zi­plock bags to keep things or­gan­ised and it’s work­ing well. The chal­lenge now is not buy­ing any­thing when I travel so it all fits back in the bag. I’ll never for­get the time... my wife and I got lost cy­cling 10. through the hills of Chi­anti in Tus­cany. It was si­mul­ta­ne­ously the most ro­man­tic and ter­ri­fy­ing travel ex­pe­ri­ence. Thank­fully Ste­fano, our in­cred­i­ble host, was able to find us in the dark in the mid­dle of a for­est and whisk us home for emer­gency san­giovese. My carry-on is usu­ally filled with... a Kin­dle, 11. head­phones and toys to keep a three year old oc­cu­pied. I also love to buy a copy of The Econ­o­mist at the air­port. It’s the jour­nal­is­tic equiv­a­lent of slow cook­ing. If I could live any­where in Aus­tralia... I would live in 12.

Cape By­ron Light­house. The Weekly with Char­lie Pick­er­ing re­turns on Wed­nes­day 2 May at 8.30pm on ABC.

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