Business Traveller - - UPFRONT -

MATTS SKOTT, 51, is direc­tor of a Euro­pean race se­ries called Otillo, which sees com­peti­tors run­ning and swim­ming around lakes and is­land ar­chi­pel­a­gos in Swe­den, Croa­tia, Switzer­land, Ger­many and the UK. He also has a hol­i­day home in Brazil, and takes be­tween 40 and 50 flights a year. A Swedish na­tional, he lives in Jamt­land County in cen­tral Swe­den.

Your races must take you to some un­usual places?

Yes, we have races in the Stock­holm ar­chi­pel­ago, Switzer­land’s En­gadin Val­ley and the Adri­atic. But the most un­usual place I fly to is the Isles of Scilly. To get there I have to fly from my lo­cal air­port Oster­sund to Stock­holm, and from Stock­holm to London. Then I take a train to Ex­eter or Pen­zance be­fore a short flight across to Scilly in a small pro­pel­ler air­craft.

Do you travel with un­usual equip­ment?

All the race ap­pa­ra­tus is sent on ahead to the venues by cargo. But I do travel with my wet­suit and run­ning shoes.

How could air­lines im­prove their in-flight ser­vice?

Some air­lines are in­stalling wifi. But fly­ing is about the only time you can switch off, and I pre­fer that.

In­dis­pens­able travel gad­get?

I have a spongy neck pil­low. Not an in­flat­able one be­cause they get too hot. The air qual­ity is very bad on an aero­plane. I get warm very eas­ily, so I used to use an Evian spray bot­tle to cool my­self down.

On short flights I take noth­ing else with me on board be­cause I feel it is a mo­ment of tran­quil­ity. I like to switch off from all me­dia; to dis­con­nect and re­lax. Do­ing noth­ing is some­thing we for­get about in mod­ern so­ci­ety. Many of us feel un­com­fort­able un­oc­cu­pied.

In-flight read­ing ma­te­rial?

On long-haul flights I read non-fic­tion. It has to have a nar­ra­tive thread though.

Loveli­est sou­venir you’ve ever come back with?

A ham­mock from Brazil. In the sum­mer I hang it in my Swedish gar­den in Un­der­saker.

Pipe-dream des­ti­na­tion?

The Gala­pa­gos Is­lands with the kids. I want to see the un­touched na­ture. That would make a fan­tas­tic venue for a swim-run race.

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