Flight Plan

Dave Hughes’ pre-flight rou­tines and top travel hacks

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Where he’s trav­el­ling

Around Aus­tralia

What he’s do­ing there

Tour­ing his new stand-up show, The Snorkeler

On the radar

He co-hosts the Hugh­esy & Kate ra­dio pro­gram with Kate Lang­broek on the Hit Net­work at 4.30pm week­days.

When you fly, is it mostly for work or with your fam­ily?

For work. We do have a lot of fam­ily hol­i­days, though. My eight-year-old son was go­ing through his at­las re­cently and tick­ing off all the coun­tries he’s been to and it was around a dozen. I didn’t go over­seas un­til I was 27.

Where did you go?

To Eng­land to do some stand-up com­edy. It was at the end of Novem­ber so I landed in a very mis­er­able, cold Lon­don. Get­ting off [the plane] was like, “Oh God, where have I come to?”

Now that you’re a reg­u­lar flyer, do you have any pre-flight rou­tines?

I make a real ef­fort to not check in any luggage. If I’m trav­el­ling alone, I pack very late. But if we’re on a fam­ily trip, my wife [Holly Ife] puts out the suit­case what feels like a fort­night be­fore we leave.

What makes it into your carry- on?

Hope­fully enough un­der­wear to get me through. I also put in ex­er­cise gear and feel guilty when I un­pack and haven’t used it. And head­phones. I have about five or six pairs be­cause I’m con­stantly los­ing them or the charg­ers – I’ve kept a num­ber of air­port shops in busi­ness.

How else do you en­ter­tain your­self in the air?

I’ve got­ten into di­ary writ­ing. Life is full of comic mo­ments but you for­get most of them. So to write a di­ary ev­ery day on my lap­top helps me re­mem­ber the funny ex­pe­ri­ences. Of­ten, I’m writ­ing about the per­son sit­ting be­side me, hop­ing they don’t look over my shoul­der. There are char­ac­ters on flights all the time.

So should the per­son sit­ting next to you keep an eye on what you’re typ­ing?

Be para­noid but treat it as an hon­our.

What tips do you have for a good flight?

Don’t start con­ver­sa­tions with peo­ple next to you un­til the plane is about to land. If you start when it takes off, it can get awk­ward pretty quickly. And I try not to eat ev­ery sin­gle meal they bring me. It’s so easy to overeat; if you go to the Qan­tas Club lounge be­fore­hand, it’s hard to pass up the buf­fet.

What ap­peals to you about travel?

The world is such a bloody in­ter­est­ing place so you never re­gret see­ing some­thing new.

Is there a flight that sticks in your mind as the best?

The first time I had a flat bed. I tell ev­ery­one that at some point in your life, you need to try it. Put it on your credit card, just do what­ever you have to.

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