I’ve got to admit I do love travel. You’re always meeting many people and engaging in a global conversation in all of these places. Both Camilla and I really love travel and the experiences that travel gives us.
I had a son three months before COVID. In the first three months of his life I was away for nearly one-and-a-half months. As soon as COVID came, I basically spent almost every day with him since then. I found that amazingly rewarding.
When do you expect you might be able to resume international travel?
I think if we continue to manage the situation, a travel bubble with New Zealand in December or January [next year] would be best case. And I think broader international travel, late 2022, early 2023.
When life sort of goes back to normal, whatever normal means, do you think you will be travelling as much as you were before?
Once international travel opens up, I think we’ll certainly be more mindful of the way we travel. I think it’s remarkable what we are all able to do using digital communications. I think from an environmental perspective, it’s been it’s been positive that there’s been a reduction in international travel. And we’ll certainly be mindful of that in the future. We live in a time where there needs to be a strong consideration for everything we do so.
But I do think we will go back to travelling a significant amount because when it comes to really connecting and developing new business, I think it’s a challenge by not being there. So I’d probably say [we will do] half to three-quarters of the travel.
Are there favourite lounges that you’ve missed?
Qantas does a pretty good job in Sydney on its first-class lounge.
Do you have favourite gadgets that have helped you through COVID-19?
AirPods have been a lifesaver for Zoom calls. I have the AirPods Pro.
The other thing I bought during COVID was an electric bike which I have absolutely loved, which is great for steep hills around Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
I’ve also been using and love the headspace app, which is great for meditation. And the other thing is podcasts. I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts, as well as music in general. On the podcasts, I listen to BBC Radio 4 In Our Time for really worthy cultural or historical subjects, Making Sense with Sam Harris for its exploration of controversial and topical questions about the human mind, 16z podcasts for the latest in tech and innovation with an investor’s spin and Econ Talks to stay abreast of macro issues.
Anything else you have enjoyed about not travelling?
Not travelling has certainly given me more time to have a balanced lifestyle with family and exercise.
What sort of exercise have you got into?
I’ve been riding again. I’ve been swimming more, a little bit of rock climbing again, and taken up gym in with a bunch of my mates. We’ve got a trainer twice a week and it’s become a very social activity, exercising with friends in the gym. A friend of mine has a gym in their house and it’s fantastic.