Frequent Flyer: Rebecca Barry

Rebecca Barry, film producer and director of I Am a Girl.


Gandamack Lodge, Kabul, Afghanistan, is a friendly oasis to retreat to after an intense shoot in the provinces. Beyond the security walls is a tranquil garden where you can sip G&Ts, eat great local food and, most importantly, feel safe and secure. It's a place steeped in history, with many foreign correspondents passing through its doors.


There's nothing like a health scare when returning from some exotic location to bond you with the cabin crew. After collapsing on my food tray, the Singapore Airlines staff were on hand with an oxygen tank and a bit of TLC. Being a Virgin Gold Velocity member and having access to those international lounges makes all the difference when you are in transit.


When it comes to holidays I often like to stay close to home. For my recent birthday, my partner, John, took me to Rick Stein at Bannisters in Mollymook. Absolute heaven. A huge bath in which I could lie flat (and I'm 1.87 metres tall), extraordinary views over the ocean framed by gum trees, and the food and wine made it one of the most memorable weekends.


My go-to luggage is the Lowepro Pro Roller x200. It is a wheelie camera bag that converts to a backpack and fits in the overhead luggage compartment. It keeps the camera kit protected but doesn't scream "camera crew".



The must-have items in my hand luggage are a pashmina wrap, Sennheiser headphones, iPhone (for music and Tetris) and a scented travel candle to light at night in the hotel to remind me of home.


My partner is addicted to curry so we are thinking a trip to India is in order. Perhaps a boat trip in Kerala with a side trip of trekking in Nepal?