From war zones to natural wonders, Stan Grant has seen the world's best and worst.
WHICH WAS YOUR BEST HOLIDAY?
It's always going back to Central West NSW, to Narrandera where I grew up. Covering wars, natural disasters and political upheavals in places like India, North Korea, Afghanistan and Iran for the past decade, I like to be reminded of something timeless, profound and simple - to go back to where I'm from, spend time with my family, swim in the Murrumbidgee River and just breathe.
AND THE BEST HOTEL YOU'VE STAYED IN?
The American Colony Hotel in the old city of Jerusalem. The old building dates back to the Civil War, has a lovely old courtyard, fantastic service and fresh food. You really get a sense of history.
WHAT DO YOU ALWAYS TAKE WITH YOU?
I used to almost have to take a separate bag full of books when I travelled because I love to read. Thanks to my iPad I don't have to lug them around any more.
WHAT'S YOUR BEST PIECE OF TRAVEL ADVICE?
I absolutely hate rushing, so as much as my family hates it, I always get to the airport four hours before a flight.
AND YOUR WORST EXPERIENCE ON HOLIDAY?
In 2009, my photographer and I were heading to the Swat Valley near the border of Pakistan to cover a battle with the Taliban. The general commissioner of Pakistani Northern Forces had flown us in, but when we were ready to leave the general decided to take someone else with us, which meant the load was heavier and we couldn't get enough elevation to get over the hill. There we were in our clearly marked Pakistani military helicopter and below we could see the insurgents who had surface-to-air missiles that could have easily taken us out. At that point my cameraman started having a full-blown panic attack until finally a gust of wind came and got us over.
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO NEXT?
My wife and I would love to live in Paris for a few years. I just love the food, the people, the architecture and the history.
Reporting Live with Stan Grant airs 6pm Monday to Thursday on Sky News National.