Famous flyer: Olivia Newton-John

Simple things make a big difference, says Olivia Newton-John.

WHICH WAS YOUR BEST HOLIDAY?

My best holidays are in the hinterland of Byron Bay - it's beautiful and relaxing. I also have dear friends in the area so not only is it a vacation, it's also a chance to relax and enjoy time with people who are very special to me.

WHICH IS THE BEST HOTEL YOU'VE STAYED IN?

I love the Lyall Hotel in Melbourne; it's so intimate that you really feel like you're at home. It's also in the neighbourhood very near to where my mum used to live, so I love taking long walks by her old home near the Botanic Gardens.

WHAT DO YOU ALWAYS TAKE WITH YOU?

A scarf, as it can serve so many purposes while travelling; if you get cool on the plane, it's easy to pull out of your bag as a quick wrap.

WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR A PERFECT HOLIDAY?

My husband John! I've been very fortunate to have been to so many places around the world, either while on tour or just travelling, but having loved ones with me is the most important part of a holiday.

WHAT'S YOUR BEST PIECE OF TRAVEL ADVICE?

Always take socks for walking through security. It's the simple things that often make the most difference.

AND YOUR WORST EXPERIENCE ON HOLIDAY?

When I was a young girl I was camping with my parents on holiday in Australia and a herd of cows walked through our tent, trampling everything except a can of soup, which ironically had a cow's face on it!

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST PACKING MISTAKE YOU'VE MADE?

Overpacking. I never know how many outfits to pack because sometimes events come up that I wasn't planning for, some that require cocktail dresses or even a gown. So, I always play the "better safe than sorry" card and bring everything.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO NEXT?

For me home really is where my heart is. Whether it's my house in California or my farm in Australia, it's definitely where I want to be next.

Olivia Newton-John will lead The Wellness Walk on Sunday, September 28, through the streets of Ivanhoe in Melbourne. The four-kilometre and eight-kilometre walks are open to all ages. All funds raised will support the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre.

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