GATE­WAY TO EVERY­WHERE

All Europe’s a stage for Ber­lin-based Aus­tralian per­former Jon Alling­ham

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MY FAVOURITE TYPE OF HOL­I­DAY IS ...

One with mul­ti­ple des­ti­na­tions. I love to see a few dif­fer­ent things when­ever I get the time. Head­ing some­where trop­i­cal to re­lax and swim and chill out, then to a big city I’ve never seen, then maybe a few days of hik­ing through moun­tains and forests to fin­ish it all off.

I PRE­PARE MY­SELF FOR IT BY …

Check­ing the weather, book­ing some (usu­ally last-minute) ac­com­mo­da­tion and ask­ing all my friends what their must-see tips are.

THE­ATRE AND PER­FOR­MANCE IN BER­LIN IS GREAT BE­CAUSE ...

It’s so in­cred­i­bly var­ied. There’s opera and elec­tronic mu­sic but also amaz­ing cabaret, con­tem­po­rary cir­cus, in­de­pen­dent cin­ema and stand-up com­edy. The best part is how unique each per­for­mance is – and so un­apolo­get­i­cally Ber­lin.

MY FAVOURITE WEEK­END GET­AWAY IS …

A cheap, last-minute flight to a new city. Com­ing from Aus­tralia I’m still sur­prised by how many coun­tries, cities and cul­tures are within a few hours on a plane in Europe. On long week­ends, my wife and I search for des­ti­na­tions at the start of the week, book ac­com­mo­da­tion and flights mid­week, then head off Fri­day night.

I NEVER TRAVEL WITH­OUT …

I’m a tech-head, so I’ve al­ways got to have my USB bat­tery packs, global charg­ers, my phone and some great noise-can­celling head­phones.

I STAY FIT ON THE ROAD BY ...

I’m a cir­cus per­former, so body weight ex­er­cise is my go-to. I have apps I use for work­outs or I see what I can use in my ac­com­mo­da­tion. Plus I’ll al­ways walk every­where – the best way to keep my body happy and see a city’s best parts.

MY GO-TO TRAVEL APP IS ...

Google Trips. It’s got plenty of typ­i­cal tourist in­for­ma­tion, plus ex­tras like lo­cal road rules, tips for tak­ing taxis and pub­lic trans­port. By this point it’s also learned what I like to see, so the sugges­tions for off-track in­ter­est­ing sights are re­ally great.

MY LUG­GAGE IS …

Al­ways a back­pack and a suit­case. I’ve had the same Lu­l­ule­mon back­pack for seven years, so I can keep all my gad­gets and im­por­tant bits or­gan­ised and strapped to my back. It has a pocket for every­thing I like to take: head­phones, pass­port, tooth­brush, sun­glasses … every­thing!

BEST PACK­ING HACK …

Ob­vi­ously roll every­thing up to save space. But my back­pack is my ul­ti­mate pack­ing hack.

MY TRAVEL PHI­LOS­O­PHY IS …

Re­lax, keep your eyes open, and don’t for­get to look up. Plus, don’t rush it – take plea­sure in every­thing you get to see and ex­pe­ri­ence, and don’t stress about what you don’t see. You can al­ways come back.

AS TOLD TO PAUL EWART

PIC­TURE: ISTOCK

Bran­den­burg Gate in Ber­lin, the city from where Jon Alling­ham (in­set) rel­ishes ac­cess to Europe, al­ways trav­el­ling with noise­can­celling head­phones.

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