THE LIFE OF LUX­URY SUITS HOST

The Northern Star - - WEEKEND - PHOTO: CHAN­NEL 10 WORDS: SEANNA CRONIN

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.

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