MT Travel: Globetrotter

Nick Hood, executive chairman of turnaround and insolvency experts Begbies Global Network, writes MT's Traveller's Tales blog, but has never been in a helicopter.

by MT Staff
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

How many business miles have you clocked up in how many countries over the past year?

About 200,000 across 21 countries, including Jordan and Syria, which are up there as experiences along with Serbia and Tanzania.

Favourite airport?

Heathrow and especially Terminal 5. For all its faults, it's the best major airport in the world. Close second would be Hong Kong or Singapore. Dubai was once the star, but now it's a sprawling un-user-friendly gin palace.

In flight - booze or no booze?

Definitely not or in the lounge beforehand. Dull, but the only way to arrive fresh and functional, not to mention get any sleep.

Worst-ever travel experience?

The cab ride in from Vienna airport with a maniac driver through heavy traffic in an ancient car with dodgy steering and non-existent brakes.

Do you like trains?

Generally no, apart from the Eurostar to Paris, which is unfailingly and delightfully French.

Video conferencing or eyeball to eyeball in the flesh?

Always eyeball to eyeball. How else can you make an initial bond with a firm handshake or emphasise a point by grabbing a negotiating opponent cordially by the throat?

Hot towel or peanuts?

Hot towel, but preferably not the scalding hot version which has the entire business class cabin yelling in pain in synchronised outrage.

Do you trust helicopters?

No and nor does any qualified pilot I know. I realise the original concept was Leonardo da Vinci's, but even he made the occasional mistake.

MacBook or PC, BlackBerry or iPhone?

PC, because my IT guys won't tolerate Macs, but if I don't get an iPad soon I may sulk badly. BlackBerry for the same reason, but I couldn't live without my iPod for entertainment and noise protection from crisp-crunching oafs.

Jet lag remedy of choice?

Get into the local time as soon as possible - and absolutely no midday naps, no matter how heavy the eyelids might be.

- Find out more about Nick Hood's blog on his blog, Traveller's Tales.

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