The 50th Anniversary Issue

Our 50th birthday issue is on sale now. We're celebrating five decades of great food and travel with our biggest issue yet.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller before 27th November, 2016 and receive a Villeroy & Boch platter!

Gourmet on your iPad

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad.

Expert tips for air travel with Ann Sherry

Ann Sherry, executive chair of Carnival Australia

Ann Sherry, executive chair of Carnival Australia

We talk to Ann Sherry, executive chair of Carnival Australia, about her flying routine and the must dos and donts of plane travel.

Where do you travel for work?

"With more of Australia embracing cruise tourism, I've been spending more time in regional areas. Domestically, I fly frequently to Melbourne and Brisbane, and internationally to Miami and Europe."

How often are you away?

"About 60 to 70 domestic trips a year and about 10 international trips a year."

Suitcase of choice?

"Samsonite. I like my bags strong, light and on wheels and always bright red so I can identify them easily on the carousel. I've never owned a black suitcase."

Pre-flight routine?

"I always load up my iPad with books before I fly. On longer flights, I have a facial at the airport before I board."

Essential cabin items?

"My iPad, earplugs, moisturising creams and pressure socks."

Onboard routine?

"When I'm travelling long haul I change into airline pyjamas and get comfortable straight away. I do my reading and paperwork for meetings, then I read a book or watch something in-flight. I eat small and I drink only still water."

Roll or fold?

"I've learnt to roll since I've been in this job and now I roll everything except my suits, which I pack in plastic and paper so they don't crush."

Aisle or window?

"Domestically, I prefer the aisle for ease of access, but on long-haul flights I always choose the window seat - it's usually quieter."

Who do you fly?

"Domestically, I fly both Qantas and Virgin, based on timetables and convenience. Internationally, it depends on my destination but I travel a lot with Qantas/Emirates to Europe and Qantas/American Airlines to the US."

Favourite airline lounge?

"Virgin Australia's club is fabulous - the food is by Luke Mangan, whose food also features on our P&O ships. Qantas International First Lounge is also a favourite - I particularly enjoy the luxury of having a facial in the lounge before my flight."

Favourite hotels for business?

"In Melbourne, I like the Sofitel on Collins. In New York, I stay at the Four Seasons - nothing is too much trouble for them, even when you have to make conference calls in the middle of the night. In London, I often stay at the Haymarket Hotel, which has a fabulous indoor swimming pool that's open 24 hours. When I can't sleep during the night I can relax by doing a few laps."

How do hotels get it wrong for business travellers?

"Some hotels have very little space for bags. I often find there aren't enough power points in the room and it's surprising how many hotels don't offer international adaptors. A lot of bathrooms have poor lighting. And don't get me started on ineffective hairdryers."


Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

Latest news
Hokkaido hiking
Where to eat in Vancouver's rejuvenated Chinatown
Expert tips for air travel with Christine Holgate
Serving the nation: Australia's future as a culinary destination
Hot Hotels: Su casa in Barcelona
Athens rises from the ashes
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
things to do this autumn

Whether it's foraging for wild mushrooms in a picturesque Victorian forest or watching a film by moonlight in Darwin, we've got you covered with 20 exciting autumn experiences from around Australia.

Read More
Gourmet TV

Check out our YouTube channel for our latest cover recipes, chef cooking demos, interviews and more.

Watch Now

You might also like...

Best of Italy

Rome, Florence, Naples, the Amalfi... the list of our favour...

Best New Hotels 2009 slideshow

We’ve got the keys to the most fabulous new hotels in the wo...

Burgundy, France: Top soil

“Water can rust iron. Imagine what it does to your insides. ...

Bali's new high

It’s no secret that recent times have been tough for Austral...

New South Wales South Coast

Unsung hero Flashier holiday spots may steal the limelight, ...

Gourmet Barcelona

From the city's best sandwich bar to its favourite charcuter...

Greece's Mani peninsula

Greece’s rugged and bloody Mani peninsula was once a no-go z...

Venice in pictures

Read our story on what to do if you only have 24 hours in Ve...

Great Brittany gallery

Take a walk on the wild side. Follow Brittany’s windswept co...

South African safari lodges gallery

Travelling from the Great Karoo to the Kruger, Emma Ventura ...

Iceland photo gallery

Erase the images of that volcano with the unpronounceable na...

Happy holidays

They’re following the sun and chasing the snow, staying clos...

Kyneton and Castlemaine

Kyneton and Castlemaine were born out of the gold-rush era, ...

Insider's guide to Manly

Breath of fresh air The classic Sydney beachside neighbourho...

The best of New Zealand

Choosing from the bounty of New Zealand's holiday destinati...

get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.