This creative director of a winery sleeps when he gets home.
Q What's involved in your job at Bird in Hand winery in Woodside, South Australia?
A Bird in Hand is a luxury brand encompassing wine, olives and oils, weddings and events, concerts and a luxury range. It's for this luxury collection that I source materials from around the world to design a collection from Italian leather (handbags, purses, wallets), Nepalese cashmere (scarves and shawls), Chinese silk (scarves) and Australian merino wool (knitwear).
Q Where does the job take you?
A This year it's been Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Guangzhou and Dalian in China, Sydney and Melbourne.
Q Best insider tips?
A Carry a power adaptor for any electrical items. On my last trip in Guangzhou I phoned down to reception for an adaptor for my electric shaver and within 90 seconds there was a doctor and nurse at my door.
Q What's in your hand luggage?
A Book, iPod, pen and writing pad, toothbrush, hand wipes, eye drops, earplugs, PK chewies, four magazines and two newspapers.
Q Best packing advice?
A Place your toilet bag inside a plastic bag and seal tight.
Q Best travel advice given to you?
A Enjoy all different cultures to the fullest with an open mind and warm heart and sleep when you get home.
Q What has travel taught you?
A Independence, confidence and acceptance. Things you don't learn in a book.
Q Dream destination?
A The Amalfi Coast.
Q Where is home?
A Woodside in the Adelaide Hills. It offers a diverse, tranquil rural environment of vineyards, pastures and market gardens with a beautiful community spirit along with my loving family.
Q Your favourite places in Beijing?
A To stay it's the Peninsula Beijing and Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing; for shopping it's Qianmen, Wangfujing and Xidan streets for malls; to eat it's Wangfujing Snack Street.