Orlando Bloom's travel tips

2013-06-19 06:20
Orlando Bloom is used to jetting around the world from one movie set to the next premier red carpet event. He recently attended a  British Airways' event after a week in Cannes his film Zulu closed the film festival. He shares some of his thoughts on travel from avoiding jet lag to where to get the best steaks.

Your tips for avoiding jet lag?

The key thing for me is to avoid alcohol, drink lots of water and adjust my sleep to the time zone I’m entering. When I arrive at my destination I like to hit the gym as I find exercise helps combat jet lag.

What are your top recommendations for a weekend in London?
London is one of the most exciting cities in the world with a melting pot of cultures and diversity. It’s now Spring in the UK, so there is something for everyone, from music festivals such as Glastonbury to Taste of London and great sporting events like Wimbledon, Henley and Royal Ascot… not to mention some of the world’s best theatre at the West End and exhibitions at V&A and Natural History Museum.

What is in your carry-on luggage?
I like to keep it simple, so I tend to use a black weekend bag or a small black wheelie (suitcase). I generally travel with my lap top, a couple of great books and my ipod.

During the flight what do you prefer to do - read a book, listen to music or watch a film?
It depends what I'm in the mood for.  I often read a book or watch a film, but I also like to use the time to catch up on sleep or emails.

Your favourite international destination?
That’s a hard one as it completely depends on what I want to do and what season it is. When we’re based in LA - you can’t beat the Caribbean for complete relaxation, although it’s the smaller, lesser-known islands that we prefer. I also love places that are completely cut off from everything – where I can relax and enjoy the simplicity of nature. As a family, we also love to come to Sydney.

Best city for food?
It really depends on the cuisine.  London does the best Sunday roast.  Miranda and I love the seafood in Sydney and the steaks in South Africa are amazing.  It goes without saying New Zealand does the best lamb.

Where would you love to travel that you have never been?

I would love to take Flynn to see the Pandas in Chengdu.

What is your earliest memory of flying?
As a child I had the opportunity to meet the Captain onboard a British Airways flight.  It was so exciting to see the cockpit and controls, I was in awe of the Captain and he stamped my log book which I still have to this day.

What is the one thing you can't travel without?
Other than passport, a credit card and my Iphone it would have to be a good book.

Where do you consider home to be?

Wherever my family is.

How often do you travel?
Sometimes often, sometime not often at all - it depends on our work schedule. I will be in New Zealand for about a month to finish filming The Hobbit.  Then I will be in NY for over 6 months playing 'Romeo' in Shakespeare's “Romeo & Juliet” on Broadway directed by David Leveaux.

Best travel advice?
Check in with the crew onboard for tips on places to go at your arrival destination, they always seem to know the best things to see and do, and what’s current.
What movie inspired you to travel?
I cherished my time filming Lord of the Rings in New Zealand; it’s the most beautiful, magical place with great hospitality.

Top tips for travelling with children?
Prepare and make it fun for them.
What do you wear when you fly?
I like to be comfortable so generally travel a t-shirt and jeans, if on a long haul flight I change into my BA sleeper suit.

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