It goes without saying that Orlando Bloom - a.k.a. the hottest elf who ever lived - is a globetrotter, so he knows a thing or two about travelling. But did you know that a Chinese city is at the top of his travel bucket list, and that he counts South Africa as home to some of the most memorable steaks?
In this ELLE Exclusive interview from British Airways, which just launched its new 787-9 Dreamliner in Abu Dhabi, airline ambassador Bloom reveals these travel tidbits and more.
What are your top five destinations of all time?
1. London: My home!
2. New York: Beautiful city.
3. Los Angeles: My second home!
4. New Zealand: Vast landscapes.
5. Morocco: Delicious food!
Which is your favourite hotel?
I can’t tell you my favourite hotel because it’s my favourite hotel and a well-kept secret, but I will say that it has been in my life for 20 years and it’s in Morocco, a country where I have spent a fair amount of time filming in and a country that I have always loved.
Where did you have your most memorable meal?
It’s impossible to name a particular restaurant but the steaks in South Africa are like nowhere else. Eating there is such a social event, especially in summer when family and friends all come together for a braai (barbeque).
Which destination have you travelled to that has surprised you the most?
Japan is one of the most wonderful places I’ve ever been to – it would take a lifetime to get your head around the culture. From ‘goldfish scooping’ on a Japanese TV show to the bright neon lights of Tokyo to the peaceful landscaped gardens of Kyoto – it’s a country of contrasts.
What destination is currently at the top of your bucket list?
I’d love to take my son Flynn to visit the pandas in Chengdu. It’s so easy now to visit China and it’s an amazing country. That’s definitely next for our family.
What do you think every visitor to Abu Dhabi should experience?
It’s a city that’s rich in culture and history, so a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a must-see. Also, you can’t beat the weather and there are many fine-dining experiences to enjoy.
What has been your most memorable holiday to date?
Spent my first holiday with Flynn in Big Sur in California exploring the area around where we live, seeing the giant redwood trees and hiking in the forests.
As a father, what’s your top tip for travelling with children?
Make sure you have plenty of things to keep them busy. We always bring colouring books!
You’re no stranger to long-haul flights. What are your tips for dealing with jet lag?
I’m a very active person so I always make sure to exercise a lot when I reach a new time zone and drink plenty of water. Often I’m so busy I have no choice but to get on with it!
What’s the one gadget you can’t travel without?
I always travel with my noise-cancelling headphones.