My Life In Travel: Duncan Jones Duncan Jones (formerly Zowie Bowie), film director
'There's a certain blessed tranquillity between ports'
Saturday 28 November 2009
First holiday memory?
I remember going to Japan as a kid with my dad [David Bowie]. We went to a sumo basho, to see the temples and a model village, but my strongest memory from that trip was going to the noisy, bustling chaos of the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo.
I'm still looking for it. I know it's out there, and I am confident it will involve the woman I love and the family I am yet to have.
Favourite place in the British Isles?
London. I was brought up all over the world, but London is where I was born. It doesn't matter how long I have been away, every time I come back to the city, it feels like I have come home.
What have you learnt from your travels?
That you never need as much stuff as you think you do. I have reached the point now where I can pretty much get away with travelling exclusively with hand luggage. You can always buy stuff you need there.
Ideal travelling companion?
I have two musts: my laptop and my camera. I have a MacBook Pro that has been through the wars with me, and an Olympus E-P1 that takes beautiful stills and handy video.
Beach bum, culture vulture or adrenalin junkie?
A beach bum to recharge, but I'm a city lover at heart. I like to be surrounded by "busy & buzz" in places like Tokyo, New York and London.
Greatest travel luxury?
Not flying economy, it's torture. After months of promotional travel for my film Moon, now more than ever, I appreciate the benefits of business class.
It's sad but true: my regular internet haunts.
Where has seduced you?
Los Angeles. Slowly but surely, the California coast, from Santa Monica to Marina del Rey has convinced me that it is not a pit of despair, but actually a pretty lovely place to live. Seduction is certainly the right word for it.
Better to travel or arrive?
To arrive, although life is getting busier for me and there is a certain blessed tranquillity between ports.
Worst travel experience?
The travel I have had to do for Moon has thrown up some doozies, but the most painful was a seven-hour runway delay on a plane without air conditioning. I won't name the airline, but the owner has a beard and a name that sounds like a brand of pickle.
I have been to some amusing boutique hotels lately that seem to add character with custom paint jobs. One I stayed at in Copenhagen was covered in painted flies and lizards – it was really quite odd.
The Park Hyatt, Tokyo.
Anywhere by any means with my girlfriend.
Best meal abroad? Anywhere with fresh seafood: I'm a junkie for fish.
First thing you do when you arrive somewhere new?
Turn on the TV, hook up my laptop, sprawl on the bed. Usually in that order.
One day, when I can afford it, I want to go to a luxury resort in the Maldives with my girlfriend and forget that the rest of the world exists... for two whole weeks.
London – it's ever growing, ever changing and ever home.
Who knows. One thing is for sure though, there better be an internet connection and seafood.
'Moon' is available to buy on DVD, £19.99
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