Well Packed

World travelers, by definition, have it all, see it all, and experience it all. In this moment in time, when fitness and wellness are top priority for high-performers, taking a trip shouldn't require leaving your routine at home. Rather, wellness enhances the travel experience, allowing you to taste, work, and play well. Our comprehensive guide provides the in-the-know intelligence for the healthiest possible voyage.

This is life—this is travel—Well Packed.

Well Packed
in Hong Kong
and Phuket

Watch as a trio of influencers redefines the business trip.

For entrepreneurs and artists alike, travel can bring inspiration and invigoration. ADAY co-founders Nina Faulhaber and Meg He encounter colors, patterns and textures that may find their way into a future collection; photographer Gregory Woodman gains access to perspectives and subjects that he otherwise wouldn't.

What separates a productive work trip from a jet lag-inducing slog, though, is what these high-performers do when they're not working. On business trips, the ability to move, eat, meditate and regenerate can mean the difference between enlightenment and sheer exhaustion.

We followed Faulhaber, He and Woodman on recent travels to the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and Thailand's Six Senses Yao Noi, capturing their seamless integration of wellness along the way. Watch and be inspired.

The Jet
Lag Bible

This is the definitive guide to making a long-haul trip not such a haul.

Jet lag's toll is often a first day abroad lost to fitful naps, less-than-engaging meetings and general crankiness. It's caused by time change conflicting with circadian rhythms. Since those rhythms influence a long list of bodily functions, from sleep-wake cycles to hormone release, the symptoms are diverse and numerous: insomnia, exhaustion, reduced ability to concentrate, indigestion, respiratory issues, and more. For each time zone crossed, it takes one day to correct your internal clock and traveling east is also much harder than traveling west. So if you're flying 24 hours from New York to Bali, you're going to want to game the (circadian) system. Here are the methods to help prevent, manage and recover from jet lag.

In the days before your flight:

  1. Adjust your sleep schedule in advance. Acclimate to the destination's time zone ahead of time by shifting your sleep schedule a few days prior to departure. “This involves waking up and going to bed one hour progressively earlier or later (depending on which way you're traveling) each day for three days," says Brian St. Pierre, RD, of Precision Nutrition. However, if you're going on a long flight, but your trip's only a night or two, you'll never have time to adjust, so better to stay on your original time zone. (This is something that Joyce Cheung, a San Francisco-based member of the Cathay cabin crew, does to keep centered on her frequent flights.)
  2. Sweat, stretch, and roll. Exercise the day before to help with circulation, and practice self-myofascial release, says Jill Miller, creator of Equinox's RX Series and author of The Roll Model. Use a foam roller or a tennis ball, pressing the tool into stiff muscles, especially ones that are taxed while seated for long periods of time (such as shoulders, neck, and lower back). “This way you will minimize the additional stiffness that will likely show up from the excessive sitting you'll be doing en route," she says.
  3. Prep and pack snacks. While there's some interesting research on how fasting can help prevent jet lag, it's not practical for frequent fliers. Dana James, MS, who practices functional medicine in New York City, maps out her total travel time—including the time it takes to get to the airport and through security—and creates a healthy snack plan that includes immune-boosting ingredients. Sip a vegetable smoothie on the way to the airport for an easy, powerful dose of phytonutrients. And pack snacks such as goji berries for their vitamin C, iron and fiber; pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts and mulberries also offer antioxidants.
  4. Control your pre-flight variables. Stress can exacerbate jet lag and although some amount of angst is inherent to travel, be proactive in your planning. (Packing into the wee hours, grabbing a couple hours shut-eye and high-tailing it to the international terminal is not a Zen way to get on the plane.) And go easy on the alcohol, too.
  5. Be an active traveler. "Take every opportunity to stay mobile," Miller says, since you're about to be still for a long period of time and your circulation can suffer. Forgo the moving walkway and even the escalator, and pick up your suitcase and carry it “like we did in the ‘old days.'"

In the air:

  1. Shift your schedule to the new time zone. When you board, change your watch; it's a small act, but will help you start to acclimate to the time zone you're headed to. On the flight, abide by your bedtime and morning routines (brushing your teeth, washing your face, reading a book, etc.). These rituals may help cue your brain to sleep or wake-up mode. And sleep when it's nighttime at your destination. You can take melatonin (3 to 5 mg) to urge your body to sleep.
  2. Keep moving... Once on the plane, switch the position you're sitting in often to keep your hips mobile, and stand up and walk the aisle as often as you can, stretching your arms overhead and pressing hands into the overhead bins for a deeper stretch. And execute these seat and aisle stretches, too.
  3. ...and rolling. Cabin pressure affects circulation, so Miller recommends taking therapy balls (or a plain old tennis ball) with you and using them to roll out your glutes and hamstrings on the seat, and pinning them behind your spine. Then kick off your shoes and roll the balls beneath your feet to keep your lymphatic system flowing, which helps with immunity, Miller explains.
  4. Hydrate. Air travel is dehydrating, so make sure you're drinking water consistently throughout the flight, and James recommends bringing a hydration mist for your face, too, since “any kind of mist you use is going to feel like a self-care practice," for a sense of calm. Alcohol is dehydrating (and can cause a less-restful sleep), so partake in moderation.
  5. Meditate in your seat. Whenever you have five minutes, practice meditation, says Julian Corvin, education program coordinator at the Kadampa Meditation Center in New York City. “The benefits are many: You reduce emotional fatigue, increase a sense of connection with other people around you and reduce anxiety," she says. You can do a breath meditation, which means focusing on your breath at the exclusion of everything else. And try practicing a Buddhist mantra, “Om ah Hum," which means body, speech and mind. When you inhale, recite in your mind “Om," between the inhale and exhale, think “ah," and let your breath out with “Hum." If you are looking for a guided meditation, download one from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center.
  6. Practice self-acupressure. Instead of using acupuncture needles, acupressure helps stimulate certain points on the body that correspond to organs or systems that could use some attention during an overnight flight, explains Chandra Scofield, a Los Angeles-based acupuncturist. For each, she recommends pressing into the spot for about a minute, until it's a bit sore. From the top of your head down:
    Third eye: Located just above the center of your eyebrows, pressing this point calms and helps put you to sleep. Place your elbows on your seat-back tray and rest the weight of your head on your index or middle fingers.
    Pericardium 6: Find it on the underside of your arm, about three fingers width down from your wrist. This is a calming point for both nerves and digestion. Use this point to settle into the flight or if your stomach's upset.
    ST 36: You'll notice a small divot outside and down from your kneecap. Press and hold, or continuously press and release that spot. This is a sensitive spot that'll help energize you.
    Liver 3: It's on the top of your foot just below where your big toe and second toe meet. This is an emotionally soothing point that'll help put you to sleep and is effective if you're dehydrated, tired or overly worried.

When you arrive:

  1. Seek out sunlight. It may be difficult if you're tired, but if you arrive at noon, resist the temptation to conk out. “Light is the signal to your brain that helps set your sleep and wake cycle," explains St. Pierre, so the best thing to do is to expose yourself to as much sun as possible during daylight hours in your new time zone.
  2. Maintain your exercise schedule. While St. Pierre says there isn't a lot of research on exercise itself actually reducing jet lag, “if you've been sitting for so many hours, it can help you feel better and get your blood pumping." Even better: Send more signals to your circadian clock by working out at the same time you normally do in your own time zone (so if you usually run at 7:00 a.m., go for a run at 7:00 a.m. local time), and do it outside as the sun's coming up, for more light exposure.
  3. Eat at your usual meal times. Harvard researchers find that food can send cues to your body that affect your circadian rhythms, so try to set a normal meal schedule that mirrors the one you have at home. If you usually eat dinner at 8 p.m. in Eastern Standard Time, try to dine at 8 p.m. in Hong Kong Time, too.
  4. Keep taking melatonin. After landing, melatonin can also help you get back on track. “It can speed up the adjustment of your circadian rhythm," says St. Pierre, mainly by helping you get to sleep at the appropriate time. Take it one hour before bedtime for three consecutive nights after landing. There are natural sources of melatonin, too, such as tomatoes, olives, barley, rice and walnuts, though concentrated supplements are significantly more effective, explain scientists from the University of Helsinki. Different wine varietals have different levels of melatonin—Nebbiolo is higher than Cabernet Franc, for example. You can also seek out foods that contain tryptophan, an amino acid that promotes sleep (especially alongside melatonin). These include turkey, beef, cod, and certain plant sources such as asparagus and soybeans.—Lisa Elaine Held

Meet
Nina Faulhaber
and Meg He

The duo behind the clothing line ADAY shares their fitness goals, favorite vacations, and more.

Nina Faulhaber, 28, and Meg He, 28, launched their clothing line, ADAY, because they were craving activewear that could keep up with their busy lives. So in 2015, the two former Goldman Sachs colleagues introduced a line that features sleek gym essentials (think leggings, tanks and more) and transitional items such as day-to-night crop tops and jumpsuits. The clothes work especially well on long-haul journeys, like the business-plus-adventure experience on Cathay Pacific captured in this short film. Get to know Faulhaber and He a little better, via the Furthermore Questionnaire:

Name:
Nina Faulhaber

What's your typical workout?
Running over the Williamsburg Bridge and yoga

Your current fitness goal:
I want to feel strong, and to jump high.

Favorite healthy meal:
Lots of Sweetgreen salads. I love any kind of healthy ingredients from Brussels sprouts to kale. Right now, I'm obsessed with avocado, matcha, coconut, and açai bowls.

Favorite decadent meal:
Lobster in melted butter

Favorite vacation:
Exploring exotic places—love Asia

What's your favorite way to relax?
Writing in the sun

Most extravagant item on your shopping list:
First class tickets around the world

Book currently on your bedside table:
Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance

What or who motivates you?
People who contribute to making the world a beautiful, fun and inspiring place

Best advice you've ever received:
Build a life you don't need a vacation from.

Name:
Meg He

What's your typical workout?
Running along the East River in New York City with my dog, Forrest

Your current fitness goal:
I want to smile when I look in mirror and see my body.

Favorite healthy meal:
Everything at Sweetgreen. But is it still healthy if I add the bacon bits to it?

Favorite decadent meal:
Buttermilk fried chicken

Favorite vacation:
I love solo backpacking somewhere desolate and incredibly beautiful.

What's your favorite way to relax?
Slumbering post-shiatsu massage

Most extravagant item on your shopping list:
The rose gold MacBook

Book currently on your bedside table:
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

What or who motivates you?
Immigrants and the constant search for ‘the dream'

Best advice you've ever received:
Only do things that make your heart beat faster.—Kevin Aeh

Meet
Gregory
Woodman

The photographer reflects on his typical workout, his favorite ways to relax, and more.

Scroll through San Diego-based photographer Gregory Woodman's Instagram account, and you can't help but feel a strong sense of wanderlust. Woodman, a 25-year-old former musician who turned his photography hobby into a successful career, travels the world working with brands such as Nike, Starbucks, Timex and Twitter. His crisp shots span the globe, highlighting his home state of Washington, and far-off destinations like Norway, Iceland and Uganda. He recently documented his journey with Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong and Thailand. Get to the know the photographer a little better via the Furthermore Questionnaire:

Name:
Gregory Woodman

What's your typical workout?
Surfing, basketball, and running throughout the week. I'll do push-ups and sit-ups while traveling.

Your current fitness goal:
To run a half-marathon

Favorite healthy meal:
Quinoa/feta/pesto ‘meatballs'

Favorite decadent meal:
My wife and I love making steak.

Favorite vacation:
I love going to Scandinavia. Mountains, fjords and good coffee is my vacation recipe.

What's your favorite way to relax?
Getting a few friends together, packing for the day, and spending the entirety of it on the beach. Surfing, swimming and putting salsa on everything.

Most extravagant item on your shopping list:
I feel like I'm always buying camera gear that would seem, to the average person, extravagant.

Book currently on your bedside table:
Love Does by Bob Goff, Garden City by John Mark Comer, and the Bible

What or who motivates you?
I look up to my grandfather and my dad so much. My grandfather taught me how to work hard. He was an engineer for his entire working life. He modeled precision and excellence in the workplace. My dad showed me how to love the people nearest to me well. He modeled selflessness.

Best advice you've ever received:
In photography: If you want to shoot more beautiful photos, go to more beautiful places. In life: Nobody will remember anything you say (or photo that you take), but everyone will remember how you made them feel.—Kevin Aeh

The Skincare Rituals of Flight Attendants

Insiders share tips for taking care of your skin at 36,000 feet

By now, we all know long flights can do a number on your skin. “From changing air pressure to decreased humidity, it's a less-than-ideal place for skin," says Karen Ballou, founder of beauty brand Immunocologie. But one group that seems to be exempt is flight attendants. Ever notice that on a 10-plus hour trip their polished looks never veer from flawless? We asked a group of flight attendants from Cathay Pacific to share their pre-, during, and post-flight skincare secrets.

Pre-flight: Bath salts and clay masks

Los Angeles-based Cathay Pacific flight attendant Tracy Wu's pre-flight ritual involves a hot bath with either eucalyptus or lemongrass bath salts. “The scents tend to help me feel relaxed and yet fully energized before the flight," she says. While in the bath, Wu uses a clay face mask aimed at hydrating and moisturizing. “Flying dehydrates your skin which can cause it to over-metabolize certain nutrients, leading to nutrient deficiencies," says Ballou. She adds that a clay mask nourishes with essential minerals and vitamins, which your face will crave while flying.

In-flight: H2O and serum

Ballou says moisture loss is one of the biggest things skin combats during a flight. And every single flight attendant we surveyed stressed the importance of staying hydrated. “The most important thing to do during a flight is to drink water," says Los Angeles-based flight attendant Rizza Inocencio. “If you're hydrated, your skin won't produce extra oil," adds her colleague Fei Yu, who is also based in LA. A good rule of thumb is to drink one liter every five hours. In addition to staying hydrated, Ballou also recommends applying a hyaluronic serum on your face. “It can stimulate hyaluronic acid production and restore that critical moisture loss," she says. “Also, applying a mineral-rich mist every hour or so will also help keep your skin feel fresh."

Post-flight: Olive oil wipes and eye cream

San Francisco-based flight attendant Kim Manalo says she gives her skin a post-flight refresh with olive oil makeup wipes. “They're very handy, and the product doesn't dry up my skin because of the olive oil," she says. Many of the attendants also noted that this is a good time to apply a quick layer of facial moisturizer containing an SPF—especially if you're landing in a sunny destination. And don't forget eye cream. “The difference in pressure can reduce circulation throughout the body, most notably in the orbital eye area," Ballou says. “An eye cream can help flush out some of the toxins and capillary congestion that causes dark circles and puffiness."—Kevin Aeh

The Adventure Travel Guide

How and where to push your next vacation (and your body) to the limits.

There comes a time that every workout plateaus. In fitness, the solution is simple—change. When it comes to travel, allow us to suggest this: a far-away destination paired with a dose of adrenaline and a plan to prep your body for reaching new heights.

After all, hiking the hills of Kathmandu and week-long cycling adventures aren’t reserved for elite athletes. And added into your routine, the right exercises can prime any fit body for even the most extreme of sports.

So consider this your guide: Eight sweat-infused trips, plus, courtesy of Matt Delaney, C.S.C.S., a Tier 4 Health Coach at Equinox Columbus Circle, the movements to master now so that you’re at peak performance once you arrive.—Cassie Shortsleeve

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1/9 Scuba Dive in Cebu, Phillipines

White sand beaches and turquoise waters can be found all across the globe. But sports enthusiasts who double as nature nerds should spend their time beneath the seas of the Phillipines’ premier tourist destination: Cebu (where, arguably white sand beaches are their whitest). The island is rich with diving adventures (think: getting up close and personal with sharks and turtles, exploring wrecks, and testing the waters come nightfall). Book Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa, a tropical waterfront retreat, which is a stone’s throw from Scotty’s Dive Center, and you can tailor excursions to your ability level. Or dive the northern tip at Bantayan and the Malapascua islands.

Prep with: Straw Breathing

Scuba diving really can take your breath away: When you dive, oxygen is limited by a tank and mask, says Delaney. If you’re not ready, this could negatively affect your respiratory rate. But straw breathing pre-dive teaches you how to breathe diaphragmatically, leaving you better able to control your heart and respiratory rates once you hit the water, he says.

Lie flat on back with hands on stomach and place a drinking straw in mouth. Inhale through the straw, feeling belly fill up beneath hands. Exhale slowly with control, emptying lungs.

Train Like a
Shaolin Monk

What weekend warriors can learn from warrior monks.

If our current age of fitness has showed us anything, it’s that strength is both physical and mental; one is only as strong as the other. Nothing exemplifies this better than the mastery of Shaolin monks.

Revered for their strength, flexibility, mental toughness, and fidelity to tradition, these warrior monks perform extraordinary feats. They balance their bodyweight on two fingers, break bricks with their skulls, and stop spears with their necks.

But how do the monks perform such skills? At the USA Shaolin Temple in Manhattan, monks rigorously follow Chan philosophy, or ‘action meditation’, says Shifu Shi Yan-Ming, the temple’s founder who was raised in a Shaolin temple in China.

In Chan, it’s believed that the temple is everywhere. So meditation doesn’t just mean sit-down-and-close-your-eyes-meditation. “Every single action is meditation,” explains Yan-Ming. Playing tennis, swimming, or jogging might be your form of zen, he says. “Any action where you can express your life is action meditation.”

For the monks, action meditation comes in the form of kung fu: movements and bodyweight exercises like stretches, stances, kicks, and jumps that push mind and body to the limits. “To become a warrior monk you have to understand that the philosophy and the martial arts are one—you can’t separate them,” Yan-Ming says. “Become the strength, endurance, and positive energy.”

Dedication matters, too. While Yan-Ming notes that everyone is different and all monks are different (some dedicate more time to prayer, others to fitness), we can all fight the chatter in our mind. “Don’t make excuses. It’s easy to say ‘I don't have time,’ or ‘My body is not feeling well from yesterday’s training.’ Life has pain. But stop yourself and push yourself forward,” he says.

To work your way toward warrior status, start with these moves from Yan-Ming and the USA Shaolin Temple, included in Yan-Ming’s book Shaolin Workout: 28 Days to Transforming Your Body and Soul the Warrior's Way.

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1/4 Side Stretch

Stand straight and lace fingers together. Lift arms straight overhead with elbows straight, palms facing up. Stretch arms up, looking up at hands without going onto the balls of feet. Stretch left, leaning from waist. Stand straight. Stretch right. Repeat 10 times on each side.

Bleisure
City Guide

Three destinations where you can mix business with pleasure.

The new trend in travel aims to alleviate the stress that comes with working on the road. “Bleisure” (i.e. business plus leisure) has been the hybrid working its way though the travel industry. According to a recent Bridgestreet Global Hospitality report, 60 percent of travelers reported having taken bleisure trips, with many tacking on additional days to have extra time to enjoy the local activities and culture. If you find yourself in these cities for work, consider visiting the following sites during your downtime:

Often compared with New York for its round-the-clock energy and magnetic appeal, Hong Kong is a metropolis where life is often on fast-forward. Take time to step out of the rush and enjoy this pulsing world capital that sits on an impressive harbour, backed by dramatic mountains.

Break for lunch at a dai pai dong Unlike other Asian cities, street vendors aren’t ubiquitous here. Instead the informal, outdoor eating experience is found in dai pai dong, or street-side eateries. One of the most popular restaurants is Sing Heung Yuen, in between Central and Sheung Wan neighborhoods, known for its tomato noodles (macaroni or ramen in a tomato bisque) with a frosty glass of Yuangyang (half coffee, half milk tea).
Ride the Mid-Levels Escalator and double-decker trolley Hong Kong is a transportation-happy metropolis, and when you board one of the many double-decker trams traveling between the 123 stops on the island, you’ll see the sights and will feel the best breeze in the city. Ride the Mid-Levels Escalator, a network of open-air pedestrian ‘travelators’ and escalators connecting neighborhoods up the mountain slope backing the Central and Soho districts; it’s how many locals commute to work.
Walk on water at Sharp Island Despite the domination of the skyline by tall buildings and neon lights, Hong Kong is home to a number of paradisiacal green spaces and easy escapes. Have the harbor seemingly to yourself with a jog around the path on the old airport grounds at Kai Tak Runway Park, or stretch your legs on the Dragon’s Back hiking path up to the mountain valley connecting the Wan Cham San and Shek O Peaks.

Or visit an outer island. “Kitty’s Boat,” the most popular private “kaito” ferry from the Sai Kung Pier, delivers you to Kiu Tsui Chau, better known as Sharp Island Beaches, which flank the island’s main attraction: the tombolo. This natural causeway, revealed at low tide, connects to the neighboring park island of Kiu Tau. Consult the Hong Kong Observatory’s website for the day’s tide times before setting out, and plan to walk from one island to the other.

Take time for tea (or whisky) at the Mandarin Oriental Between eating Michelin-starred dim sum at Tim Ho Wan and shopping among the independent boutiques at PMQ, you should pause for tea. Hong Kong’s history as a former Crown colony and British territory means some Anglo traditions, like afternoon tea, remain. At the Clipper Lounge inside the flagship Mandarin Oriental teatime is a traditional affair of silver, multi-tiered stands presenting petit fours, finger sandwiches and scones along with the hotel’s beloved house-made rose petal jam. For something a little stronger, step around the corner to The Chinnery, the hotel’s pub and home to one of the world’s largest collections of single malt whiskies.

The national pastime in Taiwan is eating, which is understandable considering the variety of street markets, restaurants and boba tea stands (some with their own dairy farms) that fill the cities. Taipei, as the capital, is the center of this gastronomic frenzy.

Try a Taiwanese Burger on a four-hour food tour What do sesame noodles, “xiaolongbao” soup dumplings, and boba milk tea all have in common? Aside from being mainstays on dining tables in Taipei, they’re all stars of the Taipei Eats food tour. For four hours, a local guide reveals the best of the Xinyi district, near the Taipei 101 skyscraper. Taipei Eats steers clear of the newness, preferring to highlight eateries passed down through generations, that serve as long-time purveyors of the city’s most loved meals and snacks—including Taiwanese burgers (pork belly stuffed in steamed flatbread and topped with cilantro, peanut and greens).
Stay up late for the Night Market Shilin Night Market has become the largest of Taipei’s evening markets with the greatest variety of food and shopping, but it’s the Ningxia Night Market insiders love the most. Famous for its vendors of Taiwanese snacks, Ningxia is open until midnight and is a manageable size and closer in style to the original night markets of decades past. Look for oyster omelets, fresh strawberries, glazed fruits on a stick and barbecue tofu.
Chill in the original cat cafe One of Taiwan’s more famous exports is the concept of the cat cafe. The original debuted 18 years ago and still thrives today as the renamed Cafe Cats & Dogs 1998 in a nod to the golden retrievers that joined the retinue. Unlike much of the city, the vibe in here is calm, as the focus is on good coffee and cat companionship.
Get Spirited Away to Jiufen This former gold mining boom town is about an hour’s drive from Taipei and takes you down winding mountain roads; its charming hillside tea houses—all with a view to the Pacific Ocean—is well worth the drive. Trivia: Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki used Jiufen as inspiration for the setting of the 2001 animated hit Spirited Away.

Sea, sun and sand may seem far away from the air-conditioned offices of Sydney’s Central Business District, but in reality, world-class surf breaks, scenic running paths and some of the best breakfasts in the world are right outside.

Cool off in a saltwater pool filled by the ocean’s waves The turquoise ocean pools of Bondi Icebergs Club are natural perfection. Many visitors take photos of the pools, their shapes carved into the hillside at the south end of Bondi Beach and constantly refilled by the froth of natural waves before taking a dip.
See the harbour from up high To really get to know Sydney you need to first turn to the harbour. Its position on the world’s largest natural harbour impacts the local life immensely. Get a feel for the layout via a Sydney Seaplanes sightseeing flight, which take off from Rose Bay and make passes over Bondi Beach and the Opera House. For a more grounded experience, opt to do the famous Bridgeclimb, which straps in visitors to safety gear, allowing them to walk over the impressive Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Start the day with a proper Aussie brekkie Avocado toast, cold brew coffee and vegemite are evidence of Australia’s obsession with breakfast. Workshop Espresso in the Central Business District and Not Just Coffee in Paddington top the list for excellent flat whites and light morning bites.
Run on a coastal clifftop path Locals never neglect to make the most of the harbour. Share the sidewalk with barefoot, bronzed surfers along the Bondi to Bronte walk, which connects Bondi beach to Tamarama and Bronte beaches. The path undulates south along the coastline, with scenic views and casual food stands along the way. Runners should head to the Coastal Clifftop Walk, winding from Hornby Lighthouse in Watsons Bay south along Gap Bluff to Macquarie Lightstation. From there, turn into the neighborhoods and keep running for a breathtaking conclusion at either of two sandy, quiet oases with harbour swimming pools: Shark Beach and Parsley Bay Beach.—Cynthia Drescher

HOW TO RECREATE YOUR FAVORITE VACATION MEAL

Chef Daniel Green shares cooking tips and recipes inspired by popular destinations.

One of the best perks of international travel is experiencing different cultures and signature dishes in faraway lands. If you journey to Southeast Asia, for example, you’ll probably taste the best pork lettuce wraps you’ve ever had. And if you’re feeling optimistic about your cooking skills, you might be inspired to try to replicate some of your favorite meals once you get home. That’s where chef Daniel Green comes in. The celebrity chef recently partnered with Cathay Pacific Airways to create exclusive menus for first and business class passengers. So we asked him to to share recipes inspired by select Cathay Pacific destinations—and the one surefire tip that’ll help take your dish to the next level.

Dim Sum

Inspired by one of Hong Kong’s most popular dishes, Chef Green decided to take a healthy twist on dim sum by creating a version that’s carb-free.

Ingredients:
  • 4-6 sheets seaweed paper
  • 1/4 lb peeled raw shrimp
  • 1/4 lb skinless raw chicken, cubed
  • 1/4-inch cube fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 small red bird’s eye chili
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
Directions:

Place everything in a blender except the seaweed, and blend until it’s a paste. Divide the mix down the center of each seaweed sheet. Roll like sushi and wet the ends of the roll with water to seal. Place in a bamboo steamer on a very low heat over boiling water for 15–20 minutes. Remove rolls from the steamer and slice into 4–6 pieces for each seaweed roll. Serve with soy and sesame oil. Serves 4-6.

Chef's top tip:

“Use a real bamboo steamer to get the woody aroma you can only get in Hong Kong. Also make sure you’re cooking with the lowest heat possible to capture the smooth texture of the bite-size dumplings.”

Spring Rolls

Chef Green likes this Vietnamese dish because it’s full of freshness. “It’s healthy and really easy to make,” he adds.

Ingredients:
  • 8 ready-made rice wraps
  • 18 cooked shelled large shrimp, butterflied
  • handful fresh coriander and mint
  • 4 scallions, trimmed and sliced
  • 1 cup cooked vermicelli noodles
Directions:

Prepare a large bowl of warm water. Dip each wrapper into the warm water for one second to soften. Place 2 shrimp on each wrap with coriander, mint, scallions and some noodles, leaving a little space on each side. Fold uncovered sides inward, then roll the wrapper. Repeat steps with the remaining ingredients. Serve with chili sauce for dipping. Serves 4.

Chef's top tip:

“Fold up the rolls before adding the filling, so it stays inside. Once rolled up, add a little water at the edge to keep them sealed.”

Drunken Chicken

A popular dish in Shanghai, Chef Green says this is the perfect main course for a dinner party. “It’s easy to prepare before your guests arrive,” he says.

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb skinless chicken, cut into strips
Marinade:
  • 1/2 cup sherry
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
To serve:
  • 1 tbsp chili oil
  • Jasmine rice, cooked
Directions:

Mix all marinade ingredients together. Add chicken, cover and refrigerate for one to two hours. Heat a large non-stick pan and add a little oil. Sear the chicken for 2–3 minutes on each side. Add a ladle of the marinade into the pan. Lower the heat and let the marinade simmer and reduce. Turn the chicken once more, and add a little more marinade. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the chili oil. Serve on rice. Serves 4.

Chef's top tip:

“Keep adding the marinade and basting the chicken as it cooks. If you add it all at once, it will evaporate and burn.”