She’s a TV and radio powerhouse. Journalist, TV presenter, radio host and author – just a few of the hats Amanda Keller has worn during her impressive 30-year media career.
Beginning as a regular on Ray Martin’s Midday Show in the mid-80s, it was Beyond 2000 that turned her into a household name. During her six years, she reported from all over the world, notching up an array of awards in the process.
A five-year stint as one of the country’s leading breakfast radio duos on Triple M followed, alongside small screen success including the Logie Award winning Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation and Channel 10’s The Living Room.
But undoubtedly her most successful role is as co-host of WS FM101.7’s top-rating Jonesy & Amanda in the Morning.
Flight Centre caught up with the busy star to talk Paris, travelling with kids and why, despite years of being on the road for work, she just can’t pack.
What’s your favourite holiday?
It has to be a trip we’ve taken that has won over the kids - mainly because it gives me a chance to snooze in the arvo and read a couple of good (and bad) books. If the whole family is happy, I’m happy.
In terms of a destination, Bora Bora comes to mind. It’s an all-rounder with great places to eat at night and nice shops. We went snorkelling with sharks and sting rays and swam in the most extraordinary coloured water I’ve ever seen.
What’s your carry-on essential?
Reading material! I can’t bear the thought of being stuck on a plane without something to read.
It’s also a great chance to catch up on movies I’ve missed, but I still need to start off with a book, or the latest Vanity Fair at least. I’ve even been reduced to reading the airsick bag!
How do you beat jet lag?
I try to stay awake until nighttime when I land. It’s not always possible to avoid the dreaded arvo nap, but if you can push through, the next day you’ll feel so much better.
What’s your favourite city?
It sounds like a cliche, but I’d say Paris. I travelled there a few times with Beyond 2000 and I hadn’t always liked it. But I gave it another crack last year and fell in love with it.
I miss wandering the streets, choosing a table at an outdoor restaurant and sipping wine as the world passes by. I’d love to click my fingers and be back there now.
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Where was your most favourite meal?
My husband Harley and I treated ourselves to dinner at the very top of the Eiffel Tower. It was a degustation menu that well and truly lived up to the extraordinary view. It’s was the night of a lifetime.
Adventure or luxury?
I’d like to be the kind of person who would say adventure, but in truth I’m luxury all the way. Crisp hotel sheets and fluffy towels please.
What’s the essential ingredient for a good trip?
Good humour. Things are never going to go as planned, so be open to whatever the experience brings - though I wish I was better at it!
What’s your top travel tip?
See above. Learn to be flexible!
What’s your biggest packing mistake?
I’m a terrible packer. I pack for the image I’d like to have of myself on holiday. But in actual fact I will end up wearing the same daggy thing every day: a loose shirt and pants.
So why did I pack all those glamorous evening dresses? Who the hell was ever going to wear those? Certainly not me.
Where do you want to go next?
I’ve never been to Uluru. I’d love the family to go there next. I’d like to do one of those trips where you catch the rock at sunset, then enjoy an incredible meal under the stars.
Amanda Keller’s memoir, “Natural Born Keller” published by Allen & Unwin is out now. You can follow her on twitter and on Instagram (@jonesyandamanda).