Famous Flyer: Layne Beachley

Layne Beachley loves travel's scope for reinvention.

WHICH WAS YOUR BEST HOLIDAY?

Recently Kirk [Pengilly, her partner] and I travelled across the top end of Australia from Broome to Darwin in an Apollo 4WD camper. We stopped at as many gorges and swimming holes as time permitted, as well as spoiling ourselves in the lap of luxury at El Questro for a couple of nights.

WHAT DO YOU ALWAYS TAKE WITH YOU?

I can't travel without my phone to ensure I stay connected with my friends and family while I am away, along with an open and inquiring mind. Travel invites you to reinvent yourself through seeing the world through fresh eyes and taking yourself away from your creature comforts.

WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR A PERFECT HOLIDAY?

The rejuvenation qualities of nature, along with Kirk, good food and plenty of solace.

WHAT'S YOUR BEST PIECE OF TRAVEL ADVICE?

When travelling to far away places, I recommend setting your watch to the time of the location you are heading to, take your own water bottle to be refilled on the plane to prevent dehydration and take your own earplugs and eye mask to help you rest as much as possible.

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WHAT IS THE BIGGEST PACKING MISTAKE YOU'VE MADE?

Failing to put my shampoo and conditioner in a sealed plastic bag and finding they have leaked all over my clothes.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO NEXT?

Having travelled the world on the world surfing tour for 20 years, the one place I have always wanted to visit is Italy. The food, culture and the way of life are all extremely appealing so it's certainly on the bucket list.

Layne Beachley is a patron of Australian indigenous surfing charity Burra Jurra. She will be at the eighth Byron Bay International Film Festival (bbff.com.au) on March 8, for the world premiere of Burra Jurra, a film documenting the charity's impact on its child surfers and their coaches.

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