Don’t Overplan with @escapeartistes – Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers to find out how often they fly, their favorite destinations and what they never leave home without.

Name: Theodora Sutcliffe

Occupation: Writer and blogger

Hometown: London

Residence: Nomadic. Currently in Dahab, Egypt.


Twitter: @escapeartistes

Short Bio: Theodora Sutcliffe left London in January 2010 with her then nine-year-old son for what was supposed to be a year’s adventure and 2 1/2 years later, she’s still going. She blogs about travel, life, food and drink at A fullblown Indonesia addict, so far she’s visited Java, Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara, Kalimantan and Maluku, and spends far too much time in Bali.

How often do you fly: 6 flights this year, an environmental disaster! I overland where I can but I’m in the Middle East right now and a lot of borders are closed.

How many countries have you been to: 52. Although some of European ones are now more than one country.

How many continents have you been to: 6. Only Antarctica to go.

Favorite Indonesian city: Ubud!!!!!!!

Favorite international city: Beirut or London

Least favorite country: The Gambia

Favorite World Heritage Site: The Great Wall of China

Favorite airline: I fly by price.

Favorite aircraft type: Whatever gets me there.

Aisle or window: Window

Favorite airport lounge: I really don’t like airports.

Favorite Indonesia airport: Makassar

Favorite international airport: Changi

Favorite hotel: Would love to stay at Adrére Amellal in Siwa, Egypt.

Favorite island: Bali for living, Morotai for adventure.

Favorite fancy restaurant: L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, London.

Favorite hole in the wall: For consistently good Padang food, pretty much any hole in the wall on the road out of Kupang in Indonesian Timor will do me.

Favorite fruit: Mangosteen.

Favorite food: Sashimi.

Least favorite food: The rancid, sandy goat fat I had to eat in Mauritania once

Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground): Negroni

Favorite travel movie(s): Anything filmed where I’m going, or where I’m at: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert in Coober Pedy, Australia, The English Patient in Egypt, Lawrence of Arabia in Jordan, the Last Emperor in Beijing…

Favorite travel song(s): Bitter-Sweet Symphony

Favorite travel show(s): 30 Rock and Doctor Who are pretty much the only shows I watch.

Favorite travel book(s): Anything by Jon Krakauer: it’s the internal journey that gets me.

Right now I am reading: Affinity by Sarah Waters and Ancient Egypt — Myth & History by Geddes & Grosset.

Five things you bring on a plane: Vaseline, water (where allowed), pen, notebook, book.

What do you always seem to forget: Toothbrush and toothpaste on night flights.

What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store? The ingredients for a good Negroni: Tanqueray 10 gin, Carpano Antica vermouth, Campari. In my dreams!

Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: I was sick as a dog and hallucinating in a hospital in Mali, where the girl next to me was dying of TB, and the doctor stole the antibiotics I’d brought with me. Then he came back and asked me to read the label and tell me if he could use them for his sore throat. That was pretty low. I realised I could die there, quite easily.

What’s your dream destination: I’d love to see Antarctica before it’s gone. Even though flying will help make it so.

Favorite travel blog/website(s) – besides, of course!: My son’s, naturally! He doesn’t update often but he’s always hilarious.

Best travel tip: Don’t overplan. Travel is supposed to be an adventure.

Happy green travels!

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