Ed Baker and Sam Steven­son

Plat­inum and Gold Ve­loc­ity Fre­quent Flyer mem­bers (re­spec­tively) and founders of sun­glasses brand Pared Eyewear.

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What do you love about your job? Ed & Sam: Run­ning a global brand gives us the op­por­tu­nity to travel to amaz­ing lo­ca­tions around the world and meet some amaz­ing peo­ple. We love meet­ing like-minded peo­ple in our in­dus­try. Where was the last place you

flew for busi­ness? Sam: Bali, work­ing from our ‘is­land of­fice’. This is where

I do all my de­sign work, as the con­stant sun­shine gives me end­less in­spi­ra­tion. Ed: New York for our Staerk & Christensen x Pared Eyewear launch. How do you pass the time while you’re

in the air? Sam: I usu­ally go tech-free and draw, and read mag­a­zines, and we now have a baby so my re­cent trips have been fo­cused on keep­ing him happy. Ed: Sleep. Of course, I am also as­sist­ing Sam with our new baby boy. What’s your all-time favourite hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion? Ed & Sam: Cal­i­for­nia. We were mar­ried in Palm Springs two years ago so it will al­ways hold a spe­cial place in our hearts. What do you never travel with­out? Ed: Noise-can­celling head­phones, my iPad Pro for movies, Mon­o­cle mag­a­zine, a few can­is­ters of Hy­dr­a­lyte and a fresh notepad.

Sam: I buy ev­ery mag­a­zine and di­gest them on a flight. What’s your top travel

tip? Ed: Stay flex­i­ble. We rarely book a re­turn trip as we never know where the next op­por­tu­nity may take us.

Sam: In­vest in a good suit­case with four-way wheels. Where are you head­ing next? Ed & Sam: Bali, Bris­bane, Syd­ney and Mel­bourne. Then Paris and Mi­ami. It’s non-stop.

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