When I was growing up my dream job was to be Catroina Roundtree from Getaway (a super cheesy Australian travel show), being paid to travel the globe, reporting from the pool on the quality of the view and the cocktails, which, in my fantasy, were always standout (bikinis, cosmos and sunsets – clearly the holy trinity of travel shows). Although I never quite landed Cat’s hosting gig, I do feel lucky to get to travel quite a bit for work, go to places I’ve never been and see things I would never see otherwise.
One thing I’ve come to realise is that travel shows usually depict the act of travelling as perfect for every moment, when in reality it’s more of a ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ type of situation (something we all understandably prefer to gloss over on instagram – what Bali Belly?). I guess that’s why I’ve always loved hotels so much, your own little sanctuary in the middle of a busy city where you can relax and unwind. However, as most of you probably know, often times hotels have their own faults, things that could be done better to make your trip juuuuust right. I have to admit to being one of those annoying people that always fill out hotel feedback forms in major detail and write long reviews on Trip Advisor when I leave, bed softness, blind darkness etc etc etc. Clearly in my own small way I’m a hotel critic after all (haha). For that reason I’m pretty excited to be working with Marriott Hotels for the next couple of months on their Travel Brilliantly campaign, collaborating to gather ideas informing future upgrades to their hotels. We recently got together to bring you some of my ideas for how they could help me to travel brilliantly, you can view the video on the Travel Brilliantly page, or click on the image below.
As part of the campaign, Marriott Hotels and I are hosting a competition asking you to put forward ideas about how they could help you Travel Brilliantly – be it fluffy pillows, almond milk in the fridge or one of those Cher from Clueless style dressing systems that matches your short suits for you (imagine that!!). By submitting your ideas online, you’ll be in the running to win some super fun Marriott travel prizes (because in the end, what’s better than travel?). Simply enter your ideas by mid November to be in the draw – the more imaginative and out there the better!
Video development and styling: me
Shooting and editing: Luke Casey
Photography Assistant: Monika Kolon