Frequent Flyer: Christine Osborne

Christine Osborne, writer and photographer in the Middle East, Africa and south Asia for more than 40 years.


Some personal favourites are the Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur, the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan, where Agatha Christie penned Death on the Nile, and Faletti's in Lahore, home for Ava Gardner when she was filming Bhowani Junction in 1956.


Korean Air is my preference for the long trip to London. Day flight from Sydney, overnight in Seoul at a four-star hotel, plus all meals at the airline's expense, then continue the journey at noon next day. Excellent inflight service and no jet-lag on arrival.


I do not stay at resorts, but having worked at Club Mediteranee in my younger days, it would be my choice for a plethora of activities from diving and tennis, to lectures and concerts.


I take a medium-size, lightweight Antler suitcase for the hold and a small Samsonite backpack as hand luggage.



I always pack a kanga, the cotton garment worn by women on the Swahili coast of Africa. Mine comes from Zanzibar. It can be worn as a sarong, used as a sheet, and wound turban-like around the head and stuffed with ice, it can offer some relief from a hangover.


I would like to revisit Djibouti, where I holidayed in 1965 to ride the old Franco-Ethiopian railway to Dire Dawa. And now that I am home, I would like to go to Darwin for some fishing and exploring the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Travels with My Hat: A Lifetime on the Road (Christine Osborne Pictures, $32.95 e-book, via A Sense of Place Publishing.)