Orlando Bloom on Travel, Braais and his 2016 Bucket List

We’re delighted to reveal Orlando Bloom has South Africa on his list of favourites and reveals much more in this Q & A featured today on The Socialite, check it out…

The Hollywood actor was at the launch of British Airways 787-9 Dreamliner route to Abu Dhabi and revealed some of his travel experiences, his Bucket List for 2016 and why he is a fan of the good old South African braai. We find out more below:

Which destination is at the top of your bucket list to visit it next?

I’d love to take my son Flynn to visit the pandas in Chengdu – it’s so easy now to visit China and it’s an amazing country ¬¬– that’s definitely next for our family.

Which city in the world do you always love going back to?

London is and always will be my home. Landing at Heathrow always gives me a great feeling to be returning to family and friends. It’s such an exciting city – multicultural and diverse. There’s no place like home.

What three things should every visitor to Abu Dhabi experience and why)?

It is rich in culture and history. A visit to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a must see. You can’t beat the weather and there are many fine dining experiences to enjoy.

Which destination have you travelled to that has surprised you the most?

Japan is one of the most wonderful places I’ve ever been to – it would take a lifetime to get your head around the culture –from ‘goldfish scooping’ on a Japanese TV show to the bright neon lights of Tokyo to the peaceful landscaped gardens of Kyoto – it’s a country of contrasts.

Where in the world did you have your most memorable meal? What did you eat?

It’s impossible to name a particular restaurant but the steaks in South Africa are like nowhere else. Eating there is such a social event, especially in summer when family and friends all come together for a braai (barbeque).

Which is your all-time favourite hotel in the world and what is it that makes it so special?

I can’t tell you my favourite hotel because it is my favourite hotel and it’s a well-kept secret, but I will say it has been in my life for 20 years and it’s in Morocco, a country where I have spent s fair amount of time filming in and a country that I have always loved.

What has been your most memorable holiday to date? What made it so unforgettable?

Spent my first holiday with Flynn in Big Sur in California exploring the area around where we live – seeing the giant redwood trees and hiking in the forests.

Now you are a father yourself, what’s your top tip for travelling with children?

Make sure you have plenty of things to keep them busy. We always bring colouring books.

You must constantly be on and off long-haul flights. What are your tips for dealing with jet lag?

I’m a very active person so I always make sure to exercise a lot when I reach a new time zone and drink plenty of water. Often I’m so busy I have no choice but to get on with it!

What’s the one gadget that you can’t travel without and why?

I always travel with my noise-cancelling headphones.

Could you name your top five destinations of all time?

  1. London – My home!
  2. New York – Beautiful city
  3. LA – My second home!
  4. New Zealand – Vast landscapes
  5. Morocco – Delicious food!

 

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