THE LIFE OF LUXURY SUITS HOST
GETTING paid to travel the globe and stay in some of the world’s best hotels sounds like a dream job, right? It’s reality for Sophie Falkiner and Shane Jolley, who co-host Luxury Escapes: The World’s Best Holidays.
The travel series returns for a third season tonight, moving from Channel 7 to Channel 10. In the new season, Falkiner and Jolley will explore 22 destinations from the pristine shores of the Maldives to the desert plains of Kenya.
“Travel has always been important to me, and I have been lucky to have visited so many amazing destinations,” Falkiner says.
The mother-of-two is no stranger to travelling for work as a former presenter for Sydney Weekender and The Great Outdoors.
“My number one tip is to pack a hand-held steamer – it will change your life,” she says.
“It ensures my clothes are camera ready in no time. I also suggest packing protein bars (for a quick energy hit while on the go), hand sanitiser and a pack of tissues – you’d be surprised how often you use them. Finally, always ask for a gluten-free meal on the plane. Not only is it lighter and healthier if you travel regularly, you also get served your meal first, which means more sleep time.”
While luxury accommodation, picture-perfect experiences and delicious food are perks of the gig, the hardest part of being on the road is time way from her children, Isabella and Jack.
“I miss my family terribly, but I’ve been doing travel shows for more than 15 years now and have worked out ways to make long trips away easier,” she says.
“I speak with my family daily via FaceTime and WhatsApp and have recently started leaving Marco Polo videos for loved ones – they are a really great way to communicate if you’re on different sides of the world. I also have learnt how to make my time at home really count. We have a rule that we put our phones and devices away when we are together as a family, so we can spend quality time together and not get caught up with outside distractions.”
Season three of Luxury Escapes: The World’s Best Holidays premieres today at 6pm on Channel 10.
Sophie Falkiner and Shane Jolley.