Where are you now and where is your next travel destination?
I’m currently sitting in a cafe in Vientiane overlooking the mighty Mekong River. My next stop is Siem Reap in Cambodia.
What do you like most about your job?
The best part about my job is being able to work from any location around the world – as long as there is an internet connection. I’m also lucky enough to visit and stay in some pretty beautiful & unique properties too.
What do you always pack in your carry-on luggage?
I always pack my earplugs in my carry-on no matter where I go. For some reason I’m always the person sitting behind the crying baby on a 24 hour flight, or staying in the room next to the all night party.
What is your most memorable trip?
Having a car accident in NZ where I found myself upside-down in a car sinking into a fast-flowing river was pretty memorable, however I think the sunrise at Macchu Pichu in Peru was probably my most happy memorable moment.
What must-have travel accessories or apps do you recommend for any traveller?
I’m a big fan of the app TripIt and I use it every time I travel. It allows you to easily store and manage all of your itineraries and booking confirmations in the one spot – which is great for me as I’m notoriously unorganised when traveling.
Your favourite travel quote is…
There are so many great travel quotes that it’s difficult to pick just one. “Not all who wander are lost” from JRR Tolkien is very appropriate to my life at the moment.
If you could be someone else for one day who would that be?
If he were still with us, I would choose Nelson Mandela to get an insight into the mind of a truly great man.
Your greatest weakness is…
I’m not sure if it’s a weakness or a strength, but my love of travel makes it very difficult for me to settle down in one place for long – I’m always ready for the next adventure.
If you could travel through time – where and what year/era would you choose to visit?
I’m fascinated by the ancient civilisations and would love to spend some time with the likes of the Mayans or the Ancient Egyptians to understand more about their culture and traditions.
As a travel expert, do you have any travel hacks/tips for our readers?
So many people tell you not to eat the street food – I recommend the complete opposite. I’ve had some of the best food I’ve ever eaten from street vendors and basic streetside restaurants. That said, I’ve probably ended up with more stomach bugs than most too!
Mat Lewis is CEO and Co-Founder of View Retreats – a curated catalogue of unique retreats, lodges and luxury holiday homes around Australia & New Zealand. With over 20 years of experience working with some of the leading international travel brands, Mat now enjoys travelling the world finding the most unique and indulgent holiday accommodation available whilst continuing his search for the world’s best G&T!