Char­lie Al­bone

Plat­inum Ve­loc­ity Fre­quent Flyer mem­ber and celebrity land­scaper on the Life­style Chan­nel’s Sell­ing Houses Australia.

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What do you love about your job? Be­ing able to come up with a con­cept in my head, trans­late that to pa­per and then see it built and come to life. My work al­lows me to travel the world and ex­pe­ri­ence new cul­tures. Where was the last place you flew for busi­ness? I re­cently got back from Sin­ga­pore where we de­signed and built a nineme­tre-high, six-me­tre-wide fea­ture wall for the Shangri-La at their flag­ship ho­tel. The wall sits in the lobby and is made of 30 tonnes of basalt and more than 500 liv­ing plants. How do you pass the time while you’re in the air? If it’s a do­mes­tic flight, I try to fo­cus on work be­cause it’s the only time my phone isn’t ring­ing, but if it’s in­ter­na­tional I’ll watch as many films as I can. What’s your all-time favourite hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion? I love Hong Kong, Europe, Fiji, but I’d have to say the trip I re­mem­ber the most was when I vis­ited Africa as a child. What do you never travel with­out? My head­phones are great as they block out the other pas­sen­gers! They let me fo­cus on work even if I’m not lis­ten­ing to mu­sic. What’s your top travel tip?

Drink lots of water! It’s tempt­ing to en­joy all the ex­cit­ing flavours of bars in ex­otic des­ti­na­tions but I try and bal­ance it with as much water as I can drink. Where are

you head­ing next? In Septem­ber I’m head­ing to Europe to look at some projects in Eng­land, France and then Capri, where I’ve never been be­fore. I’m go­ing for a month and tak­ing the fam­ily; I can’t wait to ex­pe­ri­ence it with them.

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