refreshing the presse

23 Aug

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link ♥ / july’s best travel tips and news

30 Jul

here’s my latest roundup of travel tips and news…

✈ LA. food trucks. Goop

✈ don’t forget what you’re forgetting. i pull together a few packing tips. HuffPo

✈ are you as into the ‘big feline prints’ as i am? 3 trends that shored up at MFW. Fashionista

✈ all about coconut water. Food Babe

✈ all about sunscreen. Clean

✈ after rescuing a derelict building, that had been abandoned by its original developers after the financial crash, NYC hoteliers – Sean MacPherson, Ira Drukier, and Richard Born – are making their Lower East Side debut with a new hotel that evokes the rich history of the neighbourhood. The Ludlow offers 184 guest rooms, including 20 spectacular suites. The Ludlow Penthouse, with wraparound windows and 1,100-foot terrace, and “Skybox Loft” offers breathtaking vistas of New York’s bridges and landmarks (the Williamsburg Bridge is a quick walk from the hotel). The Ludlow’s eagerly awaited restaurant, Dirty French, has been the talk of food circles for months. if you go, let me know!

✈ over in Chicago, Soho House Chicago marks the group’s fifth location in North America – joining New York, Miami Beach, West Hollywood and Toronto. and this sounds like it’s going to be the place to be in the Windy City’s West Loop. the hotel features 40 airy guest rooms (opening rates for rooms start at $240 per night and are available to book beginning September 1).two public-facing restaurants, Pizza East and Chicken Shop, will open Monday, August 11. both will be located on the ground level and will be open daily on a walk-in basis. then there’s Allis Bar, also open to the public. Cowshed Chicago spa and salon (a favourite!)  will mark the first US Cowshed location open to the public, featuring five treatment rooms, six mani-pedi stations, a men’s grooming area, a blow dry bar and retail space for the finest formulations inspired by British heritage. at the building’s highest point, guests will find a glass-enclosed rooftop bar and kitchen and outdoor deck with an 80-foot swimming pool.

✈ KAYAK presented some interesting travel trends. take note!

  • for domestic travel, KAYAK.ca users found the cheapest average airfares departing on Tuesdays and returning on Fridays. flying these days can score users below-average airfare.
  • for international travel, depart on Thursdays to save up to $71 and return on Mondays to save as much as $85.
  • on average, domestic flights departing on a Thursday and returning on Sundays were found to be the most expensive.
  • for international flights, travellers should avoid departing on Mondays and returning on Fridays – those days saw the most expensive average airfares of the week.
  • in 2014, Canadians are overwhelmingly headed to Europe, with Nice, France, taking the top trending spot.
  • to avoid crowds, try the dry heat of Phoenix, AZ – searches compared to last summer are down 56%; airfare isn’t too expensive, either, with an average of $443.
  • travelers considering a trip to Asia should consider holding off – average airfare to Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul are all up 20-27% with steep prices between $1,196 and $1,477.

✈ how to maximize vacation happiness (infographic). Happify

 enjoy August… happy days and safe travels!

feature image courtesy of CleanProgram.com.

link ♥ / june’s best travel tips + news

30 Jun

HAPPY CANADA DAY LONG WEEKEND!

showing love for Canada, HotelTonight, the leading last-minute hotel booking app, have a sexy staycation promotion. users can choose from a number of top hotels offering rooms for just $49 a night on July 1 and end the long weekend in style. the deals (marked ‘CANADA DAY’) go live at 9am local time in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver.

now here is the best in travel news for June…

✈   15 travel tips that will make every moment count (definitely agree with that ‘five block rule’) / Globe and Mail

✈   20+ tips for eating well at the airport and preparing good food for your flights / Food Babe

✈   my Toronto to Kingston road trip in Chevrolet’s Spark / Huffington Post

✈   in more app news, Trover just launched for Andriod. created by the same minds behind Expedia, Trover is an exploration app that helps users discover what’s happening around them by using enhanced geo-location technology to curate the best of nearby locations.

✈   new lodgings in London / Trufflepig

✈   Peninsula does Paris / Peninsula Hotels announces its grand entrance into Europe. On August 1st,  Peninsula Paris will allow guests to check in mere steps away from the Arc de Triomphe and Avenue des Champs Elysées. There is an interesting history to the building and the restoration project took 4 1/2 years.  (ps. really love these Marais x Goop sandals)

✈   Moxy…this means ‘Marriott’ for Millennials / Hotel Chatter

✈   this Canadian-made Rush Brush is genius for on-the-go hair care / Cake Beauty

✈   GP’s latest mag has 10 magnificent Italian hotels to put on your hot list / Goop  ☆  Stay tuned for my own hotels and highlights when we zip to Tuscany in 12 days! 

   Canada’s own Tommy Ton snaps the lads and ladies in Milan / Style.com

✈   Toronto-based Foodie-Trips is a brand new travel curator offering unique culinary adventures in spectacular settings. first up - Prince Edward Island with Chatelaine Magazine (Wednesday, Aug. 20 to Saturday, Aug. 24, 2014).  then off to Paris, France (Monday, Sept. 15 to Friday, Sept. 19, 2014). why not stick around for the Northern Italy Explorer (Monday, Sept. 29 to Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014)?

✈   staying stateside? NYC to be exact? check out Gansevoort Hotel Group’s new “Get Away for a Day” summer spa and pool package and extend a weekend stay. available from Monday-Thursday until September 1, the GAD package includes access to Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC or Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC’s scenic rooftop pool, one complimentary poolside cocktail and the “Summer Bundle” package from Gansevoort’s exhale mind body spa.

✈   this last one’s for you Toronto! OneMethod, the digital and design firm behind the La Carnita pop-up-turned-restaurant, is back at it with the launch of their new clothing line, ONEMETH. inspired by Chief Creative Officer Amin Todai’s appreciation for our American neighbours, the first line –The Free Trade Collection – will celebrate the relationship between Canada and the USA.  July 2: pop-up shop opens at OneMethod, 445 King Street W. # 201 … July 5: Free Trade Collection shop opens online at onemethod.com.

tripping around ontario

18 Jun

thanks to Chevrolet Canada, i had such a fun time zooming around in the Spark! despite the Toronto traffic and parking situation, i got where i needed to be in a flash. she even handled the highway better that i thought the “city” car would. while i was amazed at how far i went on a tank of gas, the auto was so easy to drive and park. here’s where i did the former and the latter…

May 29 pick up the car and head straight to my former Cabbagetown address to pick up trunks i had left behind. happy everything fit in the Spark with room to spare! dinner at Gusto with my bestie, and super star graphic designer, Paulina. anyone else feel like this place is getting too busy and the food is suffering a bit?

May 31 Saturday mornings are always better at Brick Works! OnStar helps me get to a friend’s house in Kitchener/Waterloo, and then to Burlington for a dinner with my favourite travel agent Danielle.

June 1 kickstart Sunday at Tamp Coffee Co. in Burlington, then grab a green smoothie and snacks from Kelly’s Bake Shoppe  (vegan and gluten-free!) for the drive back to Toronto.

June 2 Monday morning i meet Kailee Kline, owner of HealthWinds Spa. she shows me around and  explains the services on offer. as i’ve never had reflexology, i opt to combine that treatment with a deep tissue massage. wow. my therapist Megan was a total pro. can’t say there was no pain coming up from the pressure points in my feet, but i did feel more grounded afterwards. the most surprising thing is that this was my first time at the spa…it’s been on Mount Pleasant Road for the last 19 years! seriously, the place is first-class and has been accredited by 5 Star Spas. check it out. next is lunch on the patio at Terroni Price Street with Amanda B – talking Smut Soiree (do you have your tickets?) and The Adventures of Atticus. off to a meeting, then dinner at Drake One Fifty with lovely Monique. we get to sample some of the items (oysters and wines from Rosehall Run) that will be on the menu at the new Drake hotel in Prince Edward County (opening this summer).

June 3 Tuesday starts with meeting the team at Sheblogs to discuss freshpresse.com  (coming in August!), then errands before dinner with Heather  at Sauvignon. so relaxing. such good food!

June 4 late morning meeting, which I was also late for (sorry Jacklyn!) at Early Bird Espresso Bar on Queen West…lunch with Artbound‘s Dana Shalit at Soho House… quick tea with Rob in the beautiful Shangri-La hotel lobby… back to Gusto to catch up with the brilliant Shayna Haddon… at the last minute, one of my favourite girls - Si Si - requests a date for drinks at La Société on Bloor Street. the pretty people keep on partying, we go for sushi.

June 5 off to Halifax, back on Monday, June 9.

June 10 before heading back to Prague, i took a super quick road trip to Kingston, Ontario. live on Huffington Post soon!

more photos on Instagram @freshpresse.

travel link ♥ italy / toronto / india

31 May

let’s get this summer started! here is what caught my eye during the month of May…

CNT  gives a few alternatives to Airbnb.

the actress, tv host and food-loving Lisa Ray has been lighting up Instagram with her recent Italian excursions.

an interesting (and kind of hilarious) Travel Pulse article on how we’re getting our wifi way up in the air.

#Paris. #EnFamille. via @globeandmail 

after reading this, i strongly suggest you use that Louis Vuitton handbag as your carry-on.

if you are in Toronto, there are two events happening next weekend that are absolute musts (if i did not have to go to Halifax i would be at both of these!). the  Luminato Festival presents Taste of the Beach at David Pecaut Square. this chef/artist mash-up promises to fill plates with delicious bbq, while you get your jam on to the tunes of Sound Culture (Chicago) and Richard Blair of Sidestepper (Bogotá), as well as other DJs and performers. Saturday, June 7, 2014, 12PM to 5PM. free to attend and each culinary dish is priced at $5. then skip over to Fort York for Field Trip.

photo of the month // on May 21st, Zark Fatah hosted a showing of stunning photos he took in India. 24 were sold and all proceeds from the third annual CAPTURE(D) photo exhibit go to Artbound. for those that were not able to attend, but are interested in purchasing a photo, you can do so here.  view all of the images that were on exhibit, as well as the 40-page coffee table photo book. ♥

prague: dear visitor

15 May

as my dumb luck would have it, a Toronto friend is visiting Prague while i’m in her home city later this month. well, of course i gave the girl some recommendations for the two days that she will be here. on her own…i feel bad, but what to do?

dear Allison,
so sorry i won’t be in Prague to take you around! here are some options:
SEE
1. Old Town Square & Astronomical Clock (am sure this was already on your list)
2. Tim Burton exhibit
3. Prague Castle – you can spend a whole afternoon wandering around this area.
4. Namesti Miru – this is a lovely neighbourhood with quite a few restaurants (see EAT #1 & #4). just nice to walk around.
5. Mucha Museum – don’t miss it!
6. if you are like me, one museum is enough, but there are others.
7. the Prague Underground Tour is something we’ve not done, but really want to.
8. can’t forget the Charles Bridge! best at sunset.
9. recall you being into ballet so check out what’s on at The National Theatre.
10. get on the Vlatava River! if you are ok with getting a bit wet, rent one of the little pedal boats and cruise on. early evenings are best.
EAT - going to suggest places where you can go on your own and not feel awkward… just sit at the bar, relax and enjoy good food.
1. Grossetto – best pizza, located at Náměstí Míru (can’t miss it if you are standing in the square).
2. Pizza Nuovo – best pizza if you are downtown, near Náměstí Republiky (opposite Palladium shopping centre).
3. Potrefena Husa - a Czech chain that serves really good food. always reliable, and the Narodni location is our new go-to. (updated 08.19.14)
4. Sweet Secret of Raw – if you like your dessert “clean”, then you will love this place. very yummy raw desserts and the cafe is quiet and beautiful. there is an actual Secret of Raw restaurant, but i’ve not been yet.
5. Bakeshop – great for lunch and afternoon treats. near Staromeska (where the Clock is located).
6. at the foot of Charles Bridge (on the Castle side), you will find lots of beer gardens with traditional food.
7. before you cross the bridge there is La Finestra - love this market-style Italian bistro for lunch or dinner.
8. & 9. know you get a lot of good Japanese and Mexican in Toronto, but if you have a craving for either then check out Made In Japan or Las Adelitas.

there are loads of others, but i don’t want to send you off where you could get lost. very easy to do…highly recommend you carry a good map (a phone with GPS even better)!

and finally, you might find the Prague Card useful.
safe travels and happy days,
Sara

travel essentrics

5 May

i first met Sahra Esmonde-White at a big deal dinner for the luxury luggage brand Rimowa. and by “big deal” i mean it was one of those super fancy affairs that might go down in LA. but this was a hangar at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport that stars, socialites and editors had been invited to. i had come to the event on my own, but had that familiar fish-out-of-water feeling. (if David Cronenberg were sitting almost directly across the table from you, you might feel a little out of your league too.) until, thankfully, i was able to strike up a chat with Sahra and actress Sarah Gadon. both lovely and easy to talk to.
but as wonderful as Sarah is, my star-struckness was quickly replaced with a fascination for Sahra’s line of work. she is the CEO of a fitness company, co-created with her mother Miranda, called Essentrics. Montreal-based and rapidly  expanding – with over 1000 certified instructors, DVDs, and a new online streaming feature – this revolutionary workout technique is transforming the bodies of millions worldwide.
Essentrics is now celebrating 15 years of success working with celebs and pro athletes alike to put their best bodies forward. i had to ask Sahra a few questions about where she’s been and where she’s going…

q/ where have you taken Essentrics on vacation? what is your absolute favourite spot and why?
Sahra Esmonde-White/ we hold Essentrics holidays in locations that help to promote revitalization!  we want to re-energize the body and mind through fitness, fun, friendships, rest and rejuvenation. some people need quiet reflective time in a health context, while others prefer socializing. our most authentic, relaxing and very health focused holiday is at Spa Eastman in Quebec. still a well-kept secret in Canada, both CNN and Travel have put it on their top 10 lists of best spas in North America. for a more active holiday, i enjoy bringing Essentrics to the all-inclusive resorts in Mexico or Jamaica.
q/ how does one become a celebrity go-to fitness trainer? what was your first break into that world?
Sahra/ i believe you have to have something unique to offer and be genuine in what you are doing.  i don’t do anything trendy, but what i do is a lot of fun––it’s intelligent and has been proven to work. one of my regular students is a top make-up artist from Montreal who works as the head of make-up on movie sets.  i remember receiving a phone call from her; she had two actresses who were looking for a fitness class that they could do while in Montreal, filming for 6 weeks. a day later, British actress/model Lily Cole appeared with Toronto-based actress Sarah Gadon. i’ll never forget this because that day was the beginning of a beautiful and very healthy friendship among the three of us. i’ve travelled through Europe, the US and Canada to be with them on set.

 

q/ when it comes to training on film sets, where has that work taken you?

Sahra/ i enjoy the on-set life of an actor: each time you travel to a set and are far from home, you become a little insular family supporting each other. i’ve had the privilege of being inside these families and experiencing the joy of giving various actors Essentrics classes to keep their energy up, tone their bodies, and relieve their stresses. i loved my 6-week in Budapest with Sarah Gadon. other Canadian actresses i got to know and work with on that set were Tatiana Maslany and Megan Follows. we would do a workout and then cook healthy meals for the crew. i also enjoyed getting to know Detroit on a movie set with Lily Cole; the city is redeveloping in an exciting way! the MGM Spa in Detroit is one of the best i’ve ever been to. i was in Belfast this past November, where Sarah was filming Dracula, and now Manchester where Lily is preparing for her stage role as Helen of Troy.

 

q/ summer is fast approaching and, personally, i need to tighten up the triceps. what Essentric move do you recommend that i can do almost anywhere? Sahra/ weight-free arm toning is one of our specialties!  we work the arms throughout an entire Essentrics class, but we also have exercises dedicated to toning the arms.

q/ which Essentric workout CD do you recommend for frequent flyers?
Sahra/ frequent flyers can now access all of our workouts by streaming them online direct from our site Essentrics.com. this way you don’t have to choose just one DVD to travel with.  sometimes when you’re travelling you need a good stretch, something that will make you feel more peaceful; other times you need to be energized! with Essentrics, you can do both. we have workouts that focus on stretching and others that are more dynamic and toning; all of them will give you energy and help you feel rejuvenated, which is often what you need while travelling.

 

q/ any plans to expand your brand further? a line of workout clothing perhaps?

Sahra/ we are getting into the book business––publishing our first book titled Aging Backwards in October with Random House in Canada and Harper Collins in the US. and we are already working on several more books. also on our list: expanding our studios into other cities, and definitely a line of workout clothing!

get more Essentrics workout videos on YouTube.

click and flashback to that Rimowa event.

another 3 days in new zealand/ hobbiton, auckland + waiheke island

29 Apr

april 19 – 21

up for a jog followed by a swim in Museum Hotel‘s lap pool … delicious brunch at Duke Carvell‘s on Swan Lane … pick up the rental car (thanks to Aeroplan rewards and Avis!) and pack up for the big drive to Matamata… driving through lush valleys and farmland, past signs advertising “Pony Poo $1″ and “Peach Teates: Cows Love Them” (if you ever do this 6-hour haul, i recommend stopping in at Le Cafe Telephonique, Taihape) … finally arrive at the Tower Road Motel around 8:30pm… so tired… thankful that the falafel place is still open in town.

Mario’s up bright and early with the enthusiasm of an 8-year old because we are booked on the 9:30am tour of Hobbiton …  we have time for a quick breakfast at Eat (in these parts, a cafe serving raw organic food is like seeing a mirage in the desert) … the tour is interesting and more fun than i thought it would be (thanks to our guide Jamie); again we are so lucky with the weather as, while sipping on cider in the Green Dragon pub (a pint of their bespoke beer is offered complementary at the end of the tour) a torrential downpour ended what was a gorgeous morning … back to Eat cafe for a healthy lunch on the run (we are on a mission to get to Auckland to return the car by 2:30) … we’re about 15 minutes late, but Avis is cool with it … we hop into a taxi and check into Hotel DeBrett (an iconic luxe boutique hotel) … the front desk associate (whom we start lovingly referring to as “Mary Poppins”) shows us to our stylish suite that is a cozy cocoon in the middle of a busy city. hours of driving has taken it’s toll in me, so i put on a red velvet robe provided and relax, while Mario takes the camera out for an artful spin… we join DeBrett’s owner, Michelle Deery, for a pre-dinner drink in the Drawing Room (so chill and a great way to meet other guests) …  head out to the Britomart precinct for fun dinner at Mexico Food & Liquor (authentic atmosphere; loved the salmon taco and other tapas) … we’re both beat so we slow walk it back to the hotel, grab dvds from the library, and barely make it through opening credits before both of us are out cold.

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Monday, our last day, and we’re up early for a run on the waterfront… continental breaky at the hotel (Mario is impressed with everything DeBrett, but the excellent cappuccino is what he raves on about) … pack up and check out before hopping on the ferry to Waiheke Island… another gorgeous day affords us amazing views of Auckland… excited to lunch at The Oyster Inn! standouts are the Very Green Salad and the Tempura Oysters with a white from Amisfield (the Central Otago winery where the Royals ate when they visited NZ’s South Island) … owner, Andrew Glenn, gives us a quick tour of one of the rooms (really wish we could have stayed a night)… we say goodbye to Andrew and his partner Jonathan, and walk the beach before grabbing one last scoop of gelato.

bon voyage New Zealand! love you, but we won’t be doing the 60+ hour round-trip again anytime soon.

 

a week in pictures/ new zealand

23 Apr

april 12 – 18

rainy Saturday morning spent brunching at Walnut Cottage Cafe (big delicious plates of food were like a warm hug – kisses to Rick and Dini!) … wine tasting at Peregrine (lovely whites), then Gibbston Valley (great reds) … quick run through Queenstown Park before pre-wedding hair appointment … dinner at Sasso (delightful service, really enjoyed my risotto) … we hit the hay early to rest up for a big Sunday.

Sunday brunch at my favourite haunt Vudu Cafe (immune boosting fresh pressed juice, followed by a salmon cake with beet/carrot salad) … casual spin around town and into Ian Clarke’s gallery (movie based on his “Lonely Dog” character coming soon) … wedding prep time … shuttled to Stoneridge Estate (as featured on season 13 of The Bachelor), and into a sweet chapel on the grounds to witness my brother marry the lovely Lenka… ceremony followed by a beautiful dinner and lots of dancing … party moves to Winnie’s in town, and ends with a healthy serving of salty Fergburger fries.

Monday brunch at Joe’s Garage (i order scramble on toast, he gets the breakfast burrito, we pay far too much) … scenic drive to Glenorchy … pick up all the ingredients for homemade pesto with gnocchi for a family dinner … evening ends with a slice of that gorgeous wedding cake.

Tuesday’s Queenstown to Christchurch road trip starts later that anticipated after long goodbyes… were on the road and arrive at Lake Tekapo just in time for sunset photos… then the rains came (not fun driving, but we made it!) … unload the baggage at my parent’s house in Merivale and dig into dinner at Little India (yum).

despite cloudy skies the next morning, we tour downtown with mum and dad. Christchurch is so different from my last visit before the 2010/11 earthquakes, however it’s inspiring to see the locals doing a great job of regenerating the main shopping area using shipping containers (see Re:START Project) … yummy lunch at Hummingbird Coffee (a cafe built inside a colourful container)… clouds part for just enough time to walk through the Botanic Gardens… dinner at Ace Wasabi in Merivale.

on Thursday morning we’re off to Wellington via Jetstar … it’s a rainy welcome, but we make the most of the day after checking into Museum Art Hotel (super chic room with a view) … our location means it is  an easy walk to the waterfront restaurants for lunch and we settle into Crab Shack (Mario loves his fettuccini with crab and clams; my calamari salad does not go down so well) … pop into Waka House (beautiful exhibit of traditional Maori canoes) and pick up a scoop of lime/cucumber sorbet at Gelissimo before spending a couple of hours wandering through the exhibits at Te Papa – New Zealand’s national museum and art gallery … chill at hotel before dinner with Mario’s friends (a Roman couple who are now working at Weta Studios) … we decided to go out for Italian, of course, and end up at Scopa (cute place, decent pizza).

the next morning we wake up to a miracle – after weeks of rain, it’s a clear and sunny kickoff to Easter weekend! drop in at Tommy Millions for gluten-free brownies and soy capps (best breakfast ever) … our walkabout leads to a cable car ride up to the Kelburn Lookout and the entrance to the Botanic Gardens … walk through the lush gardens and back down to the city, with a stop at Picnic Cafe for lunch outdoors (highly recommend!) … meet up with another former co-worker of Mario’s at Espressoholic on Cuba Street (who knew he would have so many NZ connections?) … Sam offers to drive us to the Weta Cave and decides to join our tour of what goes on behind-the-scenes of movies like District 9, Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit … our guide Warren (an award-winning hair and makeup artist) is as entertaining as he is eccentric, and he lets us linger over the props while explaining the detailed construction … back to the hotel before dinner at Monsoon Poon (still trying to get my head around the name, but the atmosphere was lively and the food tasty) … tried to hit a bar with our Roman friends, but there is an odd Good Friday rule of having to order a full meal (each!) to drink… it was almost 11pm so we wind up where we started the night – the luxurious bar at Hippopotamus, conveniently located in our hotel.

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up next … Hobbiton Movie Set Tour, Auckland and Waiheke Island. many thanks to Nomads Queenstown for our clean, cheap and cheerful accommodations. also thanks to Body Sanctum for the jet-lag relieving massage.

the long-haul/ prague to new zealand

11 Apr

four flights and far too many hours in transit, we’ve arrived in Queenstown, New Zealand! my brother is getting married on Sunday, but before we get to all that, a few people have asked me how i get through these long-haul flights. here’s how i roll…

the outfit/ i’m all about the overalls and have been wearing my Aritzia jumpsuit on every flight since i purchased them last summer. i’ve also got these sneakers by Ash that are so comfy i can sleep with them on…a bonus because i drink a lot of water and have to go to the washroom a lot. i also pop extra undies and socks into a lingerie bag and in my carry-on.

the face + body/ Sephora has a great travel range for face and body, including a roll-on eye depuffer, spray deodorant, cleansing wipes, as well as containers if you want to make your at-home supply flight-safe. i apply Kiehls avocado eye cream a few times during every journey, which helps me look and feel not so dehydrated.

the food/ pre-ordering a veg/lactose-free/gluten-free whenever possible is key. i always feel better if i stick to a vegetarian diet while up in the air. and because i’m always ravenous on planes, i pack Lara or Life Bars for extra snacks and buy bananas (health benefits here) en route. of course everything that is not packaged must be consumed before arriving in NZ as the country’s biosecurity is extremely strict.

the drink/ i know it’s so tempting because it’s free, but resist alcohol at all costs! “changes in air pressure, fatigue from flying, and especially dehydration all cause alcohol to be more potent than usual,” says Eric Rimm, ScD, associate professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. he goes on to say that more than one drink will more than likely lead to a hangover. i would add that, after so many hours up in the air, avoiding alcohol upon arrival would be wise – give your body at least 12 hours to regulate itself. didn’t help that i had a hen party the night i got to Queenstown. #screwed

the sleep/ as far as i am concerned, it’s pay to play when it comes to catching some zzzs. when a first class tickets costs upwards of $12,000, i can’t afford one of those luxury sleeper seats. in any case, i did dose up on tryptophan and magnesium which helped me relax at least.

the superfoods and supplements/ as a new fan of liquid vitamins, i’m really into Genesis PURE‘s Daily Build to-go packs. GP also offers to-go servings of goji juice, Mila (chia), and a balancing blend of herbs and superfruits called GoYin.

other on-board essentials/ liquid silver for disinfecting everything; alkaline water concentrate; my Superlative Conspiracy headphones.

in-flight entertainment/ if i’m traveling light and don’t have a good book, it’s no worries as Air New Zealand has the best selection of music, movies and tv shows. a new rule is to keep it PG because i find it harder to sleep after watching violent scenes. was slightly disturbed after seeing The Counselor on the LA to Auckland leg. nonsense film that’s a total waste of good actors, by the way.

how do you handle extra long flights? i’d love to know so post a comment here.