M.A.D.E is an Australian museum dedicated to democracy and tells engaging stories of ordinary men and women (past and present), who have fought for the democratic freedoms of today.
Where are you now and where is your next travel destination?
Two years I moved from Sydney to Ballarat, to run a new digital museum on the site of the historic Eureka Stockade. My next trip is to Berlin and Norway.
What do you like most about your job?
As the inaugural Director of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) I get to find ways of connecting history to the present, using clever art installations and the latest technology. I also meet amazing people who are making the world a better place and discuss important issues today.
What do you always pack in your carry-on luggage?
Laptop, iPad and chargers for my various pieces of technology. A clean pair of underwear.
What is your most memorable trip?
A month in Iceland during winter. I finally understood the Christmas lights and decorations were about getting people through the winter solstice – the shortest day of the year. Having over 22 hours of darkness as a canvass for lights was wonderful. And I saw the elusive Northern lights!
What must-have travel accessories or apps do you recommend for any traveller?
Working out how to have internet and email connectivity at a reasonable price is my first consideration. Is there free Wi-Fi where you are going? Does your Australian provider have cheap international roaming? Do I need to get a SIM card for that country?
TripAdvisor is a great starting place for travel tips wherever you are going.
Your favourite travel quote is…
“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag.
If you could be someone else for one day who would that be?
Aung San Suu Kyi. Her enormous wisdom, resilience and commitment to improving conditions in Burma would teach me a lot.
Your greatest weakness is…
I like to try food from all over the world!
If you could travel through time – where and what year/era would you chose to visit?
To New Year’s Eve of 2099 – climate change has been handled, women have strong roles across the society, travel takes a matter of minutes and we all have the ability to speak the same language.
As a travel expert, do you have any travel hacks/tips for our readers?
Having been to the Cannes Film Festival 11 times, you need a really comfortable pair of shoes. At Cannes you would walk about 15kms a day but would have to have heels in your bag to get into major venues.
Apart from that – all you really need is a passport, itinerary and credit card, smart phone.
Jane Smith is the Director of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) located in Ballarat, Victoria. M.A.D.E is an Australian museum dedicated to democracy and tells engaging stories of ordinary men and women (past and present), who have fought for the democratic freedoms of today.