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Georgia native Matthew Kneller – who currently heads up global communication for Nike in New York – has a 60/40 approach when it comes to holidays. That’s to say, 60 per cent relaxation, 40 per cent adventure – the latter of which might include Moroccan rug shopping at a Parisian flea market, or an unexpected rendezvous on a cross-country train through Thailand (he’s still foggy on the latter).
Jeans, T-shirt and a super soft black and white checked flannel shirt. If it’s an overnight flight, I will bring a pair of Nike track pants to sleep in and an extra T-shirt to change into in the morning.
One of my favourite places to visit while in Paris is Les Puces de Clignancourt , one of the city’s largest – and most popular – flea markets. It’s a mix of high and low finds and prices: art, furniture, furs and throws. And, if you spend enough time getting lost in its labyrinth, you might even find yourself at a delicious café for a snack and glass of wine for a much-needed energy boost. On a recent trip, I found a really beautiful Moroccan rug on the cheap – Stateside it would have been five times the price. I was able to bring it home in an additional checked bag – pro tip to avoid expensive shipping!
During a six-month sabbatical around the world from Australia to Europe, I spent six weeks traveling through Thailand. After hitting the beaches in the south, I took an overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai – I decided it would be fun to take my journey with locals and other travellers alike. Luckily for me, my ‘sleeper’ car was next to the ‘bar’ car and I went over to check out the scene. I quickly made friends with a group of Germans and after way too many Singha beers, I found myself in my makeshift ‘bed’ with one of my new German friends. Needless to say, only a flimsy sheet separated us from the rest of the train – I’m fairly certain the passengers around us were none the wiser, but then again, it is all a bit foggy…
Swimsuit, handheld steamer and my black leather baseball cap.
A large towel – full coverage so you can properly lay down and get comfortable – and always sunscreen and a hat. Skincare has become one of my top priorities in the last four to five years.
1. La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultralight Fluid Facial Sunscreen – full coverage with a matte finish.
2. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen Mist – sprays on easily and it’s non-greasy.
3. Australian Gold Sunscreen Continuous Spray – ideally with the bronzer; at the beginning of the trip it gives you a nice glow as you build your base.
I like to look at it as a percentage. I’m about 60 per cent, 40 per cent. 60 per cent rest and relaxation, 40 per cent taking an adventure – a hike, beach walk, a bit of shopping. It’s a priority that I leave a vacation feeling more relaxed than arriving – the days of a seven-day straight party are few and far between, but I do have some good memories from back in the day!
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