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Interviewed by: Jack Moss

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).

» What’s your go-to travel outfit?

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.

» What’s your favourite holiday purchase and what makes it special?

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!

» Describe your most memorable holiday fling...

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…

» Tell us about your worst holiday hangover...

See above!

» Which three items do you always pack in your suitcase, regardless of where you’re travelling to?

Swimsuit, handheld steamer and my black leather baseball cap.

» What’s in your beach bag?

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.

» What are your suncare recommendations?

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.

» Which apps can’t you do without when you’re travelling?

Google Maps and Waze, hands down. Google Maps has changed the game to get you to and from beaches, restaurants and bars in both foreign and familiar vacation spots. Waze helps you navigate foreign roads.

» What’s your holiday activity level – do you like things sedate or do you need constant action?

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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