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Suitcase Series: Nora Oravecz in Hungary

Nora is best known for writing 7 bestselling books in her native Hungarian, being named the most influential blogger by Forbes Hungary in 2016 and being a Huffington Post and ThriveGlobal contributor.

She has done over 100 sold-out talks around the world and worked with brands like Oprah.com, Remote Year, Danone, L’Oréal, Nestlé, TAP Portugal, Marriott, Library Hotel Collection, HBO, Nomad Cruise, and Universal Studios Hollywood. An outsider turned self-made influencer Nora helps digital creators, startup and influencers of all sizes to tell the right story, connect to the right audience, and earn a reputation for being a bit different.


What is the first trip you remember taking?

Brussels. It was a press trip organized by the European Union on Woman’s day. Actually, that was the first time that I was traveling by plane. I remember I was so intrigued that I called my mom from the airport and I was telling her how many different ways I could die if our plane crashes. Every single time I travel somewhere she comes up with this story, as travelling has since become a part of my life. It’s funny how things can become normal at some point.

If you could sit next to anyone – dead or alive – on a long-haul flight, who would it be?

Scooter Braun. He is a legend, as he is the one who manages Justin Bieber from day one. His story and career, and the way he builds people is something that is quite outstanding.

How do you recover from jet lag?

Sleeping helps a lot. As most of the time I travel to California, I had to learn early on how to recover as soon as possible after a 9-hour time difference. Nowadays what I do is: on the last days of my trip, I start changing my sleeping habits, as I would be back in Hungary. So living in my home based time zone while I am in California helps sometimes.

Your flight’s delayed an hour and your phone’s out of battery. How do you pass the time?

That actually happens quite often. If this happens I get a coffee, and I try to enjoy the calm. If you are sitting at a bar, there’s always someone who starts talking to you.

Biggest lesson from your travels?

Document it less. I used to spend hours of taking pictures and recording videos instead of enjoying it. Just imagine: you are in New York for 3 days, but you spend hours on taking pictures. That’s crazy. Nowadays every single city I go to, I spend a no map and no phone day, when I just explore. If I want to take pictures, next day I still can do that. But no more ruined trips taken over completely by social media. I need memories in my head as well!

Do you travel for food, leisure, culture or something else?

I travel for the people. Most of my friends and the people who I work on my research with live in LA, SF and NYC. These people are my main motivation, as I can learn so much from them, that I can pass on to my readers to make their entrepreneurial life easier.

Favourite Hotel? Why?

The William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn. The view from my room was STUNNING.

Favourite airline?

TAP Portugal and Virgin.

What’s on your travel playlist?

San Francisco – Scott McKenzie. That’s a classic one.

Where next?

Lisbon for WebSummit.

Must have travel picks?

I have to be comfortable for a long flight, so I have my Marshall bluetooth headphone and fluffy socks (the fluffier the better) from Joules

First thing that comes to your mind?

Hand-luggage essential?

Warm, fluffy socks for sure.

Packing: roll or fold?

Fold. I am terrible at packing.

Time killer on a long-haul flight?

Watching movies, writing or talking to the stranger sitting next to me.

On-flight tipple of choice?

I don’t really drink alcohol.

Bucket list top destination?

Morocco

Best shopping gem found abroad?

The Latest Scoop, Vancouver

Beach or City?

City.

Ultimate hideaway?

Costa da caparica, Portugal. Only during winter.

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