Best way to travel and stay healthy

The founder of a pop­u­lar sports­wear line knows a thing or two about how to stay fit and en­joy your­self while on for­eign shores, writes Chanel Par­ratt

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - Celebrity Escape - LORNA JANE CLARK­SON

LAST year was a year of mile­stones for fit­ness ad­dict Lorna Jane Clark­son. She hit 100 (stores not runs) with her Lit­tle Collins St shop open­ing in Mel­bourne and is hav­ing a tilt at the US mar­ket, open­ing 12 stores there since last March.

This year, her ‘‘ move, nour­ish, be­lieve’’ phi­los­o­phy will come to Cal­i­for­nia with 25 stores planned to open.

De­spite her grow­ing af­fec­tion for Cal­i­for­nia, ‘‘ home is very much where the heart is’’ and in Clark­son’s case that’s with hus­band, Bill, and Roger the dog in Bris­bane.

As well as con­fess­ing the one thing she can’t travel with­out (no sur­prises here) Clark­son shares her top tips for a healthy year of travel in 2013.

Where is your favourite place to travel for a hol­i­day?

LJC: Paris, Hawaii and Mex­ico – but, when­ever pos­si­ble, I pre­fer to dis­cover new places. There’s so much of the world to dis­cover and so lit­tle time to do it in.

Tell me about your trips to Cal­i­for­nia.

LJC: I have al­ways loved Cal­i­for­nia as a hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion. I love spend­ing time there as it has all of the es­sen­tial in­gre­di­ents for ac­tive liv­ing. There’s fan­tas­tic hik­ing, bik­ing and ex­er­cise as well as some of the most nu­tri­tious and de­li­cious health food restau­rants, cafes and juice bars in the world. One of my favourites has to be True Food Kitchen, and luck­ily there’s one di­rectly op­po­site our Santa Mon­ica store. I also love the Mal­ibu Hills – there are amaz­ing ocean views and the Mal­ibu Lum­ber Yard for lunch and re­tail ther­apy.

Do you col­lect sou­venirs?

LJC: I look for some­thing to re­mem­ber my hol­i­day by – usu­ally for the house. I re­cently brought back some elephant paint­ings from In­dia and or­nate plates from Mex­ico.

Has a des­ti­na­tion ever changed you?

LJC: I think travel in gen­eral opens your mind and gives you a big­ger view and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of dif­fer­ent cul­tures. I be­lieve it’s im­por­tant to im­merse your­self in the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment, not just the tourist ac­tiv­i­ties.

Pic­tures: Thinkstock

SUN AND SURF: The Mal­ibu coast in Cal­i­for­nia is a favourite des­ti­na­tion of Lorna Jane Clark­son.

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