Globetrotter: Heather McGregor

Heather McGregor, MD of headhunters Taylor Bennett, travels frequently - often in her own plane.

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Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

How often do you travel?

At least once a month, mainly to the US or Singapore, where I'll meet clients or attend conferences. I'm in Switzerland every January for the World Economic Forum in Davos. My husband's Australian, so I'll be taking a holiday there in October.

How do you get around?

I have a pilot's licence so if I'm travelling in the UK I'll often fly myself - usually in a Socata TB20, a French plane. The furthest I've flown is Croatia and I occasionally fly to Brussels. Long-haul I'll fly British Airways business class.

What's the first thing you do after landing?

Call home. I'll have spent most of the flight sorting my 800 emails and after touching down I click send (which is why people are suddenly bombarded with a flurry of emails from me). When I get to the hotel I'll exercise to try and fight the jet lag.

Favourite airport?

Blackpool, it's not too busy and is close to the motorways. The worst is Heathrow. Avoid it at all costs.

Most essential travel item?

Running shoes. I'm also weighed down with an assortment of chargers. But any businesswoman who claims that toiletries don't take up most of her suitcase is lying.

Who do you travel with?

I'm usually on my own, unless I'm taking one of the Cost Centres with me. My sons follow me everywhere. I once deposited my son (then four years old) with hotel staff in India while I attended meetings. When I got back he told me he'd spent the day riding elephants.

Favourite hotel?

The Mandarin Hotel in Hong Kong. It's where I got married, so nowhere else compares.

Worst-ever travel experience?

Earlier this year, I was in Madrid entertaining clients at a partridge shoot and had agreed to be photographed for a feature. BA chose that weekend to lose my luggage and I spent the next 24 hours in the same clothes with no makeup. Needless to say, I didn't feature heavily in the shoot.

Next stop?

Singapore and Hong Kong, then back to the UK, then Australia for 10 days in October. After that, I expect I'll be flying round the UK to catch what's left of the shooting season. There's no better way to entertain corporate clients than a spot of game shooting.

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