Do you travel light or heavy?

Too heavy - always. I've tried to remedy this over the years, to no avail.

Cattle or first class?

I've only ever travelled business once, when I was upgraded going to Delhi for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. It's ruined me for life.


I can't travel without...

My Elizabeth Arden lip balm, a bottle of water and a good book.

What type of suitcase do you carry?


What's always in your hand luggage?

A clean pair of knickers and comfy track pants.

Are you a planner or a last-minute packer?

Usually a planner - although I did a very hastily organised trip to New York recently to cover Valerie Adams ahead of the Olympics - trip was confirmed at 11am and we flew at 7.15pm. That was definitely a lesson in last-minute.

What's the best thing you've brought back from a trip?

A small table I bought in Agra after visiting the Taj Mahal. It's made from the same marble and precious stones - and always reminds that I was lucky enough to see one of the Seven new Wonders of the World.

Favourite or most exciting airport to land in?

Los Angeles - every time - never get sick of it.

Most memorable trip?

Last year's holiday to Kona on the big island of Hawaii - I got to swim with dolphins and turtles - truly amazing.

What do you do while on a plane?

I wish I could say sleep - but I find that impossible. So I read, watch movies, and every now and then check the air show to see how far we've moved.

* Michelle Pickles is covering the London Olympics for 3News.