UP IN THE AIR

More than 3000 flights have qual­i­fied Steve Ja­cobs as a true travel ex­pert

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - Q&A | STEVE JACOBS -

WHICH AUSSIE DES­TI­NA­TION HAS SUR­PRISED YOU THE MOST?

The north­west­ern Kim­ber­ley area of West­ern Aus­tralia. It is one of the last great wilder­ness ar­eas of the world. The colours of the coast­line are amaz­ing, with more than 1000 is­lands dot­ted along the main­land. We were lucky enough to fly into a re­mote pearl farm for work and to see the rugged red land­scapes jux­ta­posed against the bril­liant aqua green wa­ter. It is some­thing to be­hold. It is one of Aus­tralia’s great and rel­a­tively un­ex­plored ar­eas.

WHAT’S THE BEST MEAL YOU’VE HAD WHILE TRAV­EL­LING?

I love sam­pling lo­cal cui­sine like street noo­dles in Asia, rein­deer stew in the Arc­tic or elk in Canada. I re­mem­ber a steak in Ar­gentina so soft it was carved with a spoon. More of­ten than not our only op­tion is the lo­cal pub or RSL and my favourite com­fort food is al­ways a good old chicken schnitty, an Aussie clas­sic.

WHAT’S THE TOP TRAVEL EX­PE­RI­ENCE YOU REC­OM­MEND?

Visit Uluru. It re­ally is the beat­ing heart of the coun­try. The sheer size is awe in­spir­ing and the colours at sun­rise and sun­set are like nowhere else in the world. There is some­thing in­cred­i­bly spir­i­tual about this place that con­nects you with our great coun­try and that is why you have to go there to feel the magic of Uluru.

WHAT’S THE FIRST THING YOU DO IN A NEW PLACE?

Re­search. We only ever have a short time in each des­ti­na­tion so I make sure I know ex­actly what I want to see and where I want to eat. I love ex­plor­ing a place on foot as you of­ten get to see things and find hid­den gems that you miss in a car..

DO YOU COL­LECT SOU­VENIRS?

I’m not re­ally one for col­lect­ing snow domes, fridge mag­nets or tourist sou­venirs while trav­el­ling. If I’m over­seas I like to find a lo­cal arte­fact for our home. I love things that have his­tory and a story that re­mind you of a place and time. On a re­cent trip to Myan­mar I had the chance to buy the gold jew­ellery worn by tribal women to elon­gate their necks but de­cided it was too ex­pen­sive at $US500. I’m still kick­ing my­self for miss­ing that op­por­tu­nity. One thing I do al­ways have to bring back is a Kinder Sur­prise for my girls.

WHAT DO YOU NEVER TRAVEL WITH­OUT?

Fly­ing is of­ten the only quiet time I have in a day to re­lax and I love to be en­ter­tained. I al­ways have a movie or TV se­ries loaded on the iPad as I’ve nor­mally al­ready seen every­thing on the in­flight entertainment. I also take a good book wher­ever I go. My ul­ti­mate Aussie book is Jasper Jones by Craig Sil­vey and an­other great read is All the Light We Can­not See by

An­thony Do­err.

WHAT’S YOUR PACK­ING TIP?

Never leave home with­out ther­mal un­der­wear. When you are on the road five days a week across dif­fer­ent states and cli­mate zones, suit­case space is at a pre­mium. Bulky coats, jumpers and jack­ets take up too much space so choose a favourite and keep warm with long johns.

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH JET LAG?

I’ve tried most things like mela­tonin tablets and stay­ing awake un­til night when you reach your des­ti­na­tion but they are not guar­an­teed. There are now new tech­nolo­gies like gog­gles that sim­u­late day­light to wear on your flight. I’m not sure if they work but they will guar­an­tee you look like a to­tal goose!

WIN­DOW OR AISLE SEAT ON A PLANE (AND WHY)?

I have trav­elled so much do­mes­ti­cally that I don’t re­ally care where I sit any­more, as long as it’s not in a mid­dle seat. The ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing squashed be­tween two large smelly blokes is not pleas­ant. When fly­ing over­seas I love the win­dow as I feel more co­cooned and cosy. Un­for­tu­nately so does my wife, so the race is al­ways on to get there first.

WHAT’S YOUR TOP TRAVEL TIP?

Be open to new ex­pe­ri­ences. Plan some of the things you want to do and then let the road un­fold in front of you. The world is an amaz­ing place so don’t be afraid to im­merse your­self in new cul­tures and ex­pe­ri­ences. Peo­ple are fas­ci­nat­ing and friendly, so get to know and un­der­stand them and you will have a bet­ter trip. Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.

MY FAVOURITE IN­STA­GRAM LO­CA­TIONS: Van­u­atu:

I love the colour of the wa­ter and the re­laxed trop­i­cal at­mos­phere that pho­tos al­ways seem to cap­ture.

Aus­tralian Out­back: The red land­scapes of the Out­back with the bril­liant blue skies al­ways make for a great shot.

The snow: There is some­thing mag­i­cal about be­ing in the snow with my kids. The photo is from our an­nual fam­ily ski trip to Char­lotte Pass in NSW.

PIC­TURE: IN­STA­GRAM

Tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Steve Ja­cobs makes a new friend in the Out­back

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.