COF­FEE TO GO

Away from her Lon­don cafe, Flat White, Aussie ex­pat Laura Smith craves sun, sea and sand

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - HOW I PACK - AS TOLD TO PAUL EWART

MY FAVOURITE TYPE OF HOL­I­DAY IS ...

A fine bal­ance be­tween re­lax­ing and ex­plor­ing. I’m from Perth and have lived in Lon­don for 12 years, so I crave wa­ter, a beach, pool, or na­ture time. Cottesloe Beach is a favourite.

I PRE­PARE MY­SELF FOR IT BY …

Get­ting ev­ery­thing done be­fore I go so I can switch off. A hol­i­day starts when I’m in the plane, train or car.

I AL­WAYS HAVE GREAT COF­FEE ON THE ROAD BY …

Re­search­ing – usu­ally word of mouth, fol­lowed by on­line.

If we’re on a group hol­i­day I will bring beans and find a way to brew them, be­cause morn­ing cof­fee is such a nec­es­sary plea­sure.

I like to ex­pe­ri­ence the lo­cal cof­fee cul­ture – be it good, bad, or amaz­ing – when trav­el­ling. Ac­tu­ally there’s usu­ally not much I con­sider “bad” cof­fee out there in the world.

For me, it’s a com­plete ex­pe­ri­ence and I don’t need a per­fect cof­fee to en­joy my­self.

MY TOP TRAVEL DES­TI­NA­TION FOR COF­FEE HAS TO BE …

That’s a tough one. I re­ally don’t have a favourite, but ob­vi­ously you can’t beat a flat white in Aus­tralia.

I NEVER TRAVEL WITH­OUT …

Books. Made of pa­per.

Good hol­i­days are syn­ony­mous with read­ing for me.

MY GO-TO TRAVEL APP HAS TO BE ...

Cool Cousin is be­com­ing a new favourite.

It has great lo­cal rec­om­men­da­tions and al­lows you to con­nect with lo­cals too.

How­ever, as much as map and GPS apps are su­per-use­ful, I still re­ally en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence of just get­ting lost.

MY LUG­GAGE IS …

Vic­tori­nox – it is in­cred­i­bly tough.

PACK­ING HACK I SWEAR BY IS …

Bring only what you need and can’t re­place eas­ily (at least for a few days) in your hand lug­gage. It’s amaz­ing how many times bags can get lost and try­ing to re-buy your ba­sics isn’t fun.

MY TRAVEL PHI­LOS­O­PHY IS …

I travel a lot and dif­fer­ent jour­neys re­quire dif­fer­ing mind­sets and ap­proaches. For the most part I like to have a loose plan – there is a com­fort in that, but I also like the thrill of fol­low­ing your in­stincts and de­vi­at­ing from a sched­ule. The best mo­ments on hol­i­days usu­ally in­volve wrong turns or changes, which then lead to sur­prises and dis­cov­er­ies.

PICTURES: WA TOURISM, SUP­PLIED

Laura Smith misses the beaches of her home state of West­ern Aus­tralia and (be­low) the Cool Cousin app is ideal for hu­man con­nec­tion.

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