Do you travel light or heavy?

Light. Being heavy when you leave means you'll have to pay the cost coming back, after shopping. And I do plenty of that!

Cattle or first class?

As much as I love first class, in this economic environment cattle seems to be the better option.


I can't travel without ...

My iPod, whether it's to learn a new opera or just for my own listening, my iPod is a must-have.

What type of suitcase do you carry?

A huge Samsonite hard surface suitcase which is always half empty when I head off but at full capacity when I return, due to the aforementioned shopping.

What's always in your hand luggage?

My iPod, lipstick, mascara, jewellery, hairbrush, music, phone and purse. Little essentials.

Are you a planner or last-minute packer?

Mentally I plan, but I pack at the last minute.


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

Income! The life of an opera singer means trips are invariably for work.

Favourite or most exciting airport to land in?

Auckland Airport; there's no place like home.

Best packing tip?

Roll your clothes - never fold. You can fit so much more in if you roll.

Most memorable trip?

When I was quite a bit younger and blonder, I had my first taste of Europe, a memory that will always stay with me. Amsterdam was somewhere I'll never forget. It was an exciting time to be in a place like that and I really felt like the world was my oyster.

* Patricia Wright sings the role of Ludmila in the NBR NZ Opera's production of The Bartered Bride, opening in Auckland on Saturday.