A Summer of Luxury | Holiday with… Nick Carvell, Editor, The Jackal

Today we holiday with Nick Carvell, Editor of The Jackal magazine, who is heading off on a two week road-trip honeymoon around Italy next month. He’s packing an extra tote bag for all his holiday purchases, and to carry the copy of ‘The Dust that Falls from Dreams’ by Louis de Bernieres that he’ll be reading along the way.

Where will you be holidaying this year/where have you already been on holiday to – and why?
I’m getting married in October, so my big holiday this year is my honeymoon straight afterwards in Italy. We’re doing a road trip from Naples around the south coast, through Puglia, then up to Venice. I’m incredibly excited at the prospect of two weeks in the heat, dressing in lots of billowy shirts and shorts like I’m Armie Hammer in Call Me By Your Name.

What is your ‘must-have’ item to pack in your suitcase?
Another tote bag. I love picking up something from the areas I visit (usually ceramics or wine) and often these mean I have to either make space in my suitcase for them or carry them with me on the way home. Either way, I often need a bit more space on the way back!

Where is your favourite al fresco drinking/dining spot?
In London, it’s either sitting in our garden in Camberwell surrounded by all the wonderful plants my fiance has so lovingly cultivated or having a picnic in Regent’s Park. Abroad, I’ve had some lovely al fresco experiences – eating dinner under strings of lights at Foreign Cinema in San Francisco, grabbing a Golden Gaytime from one of the stores that line the edge of Bondi Beach in the baking sunshine, lunch huddled under a blanket on the porch overlooking the sea at The Crow’s Nest in Montauk, the incredible food stalls inside Neighborgoods Market in Johannesburg. Too many to list!

What is your holiday read this year?
One of my favourite books of all time is Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, so I’m now trying to read Louis de Bernieres’ entire back catalogue. Next on the list is The Dust that Falls from Dreams – that’s coming with me to Italy.

Have you ever had a ‘lightbulb’ moment related to your business or career while taking some downtime?
Oh absolutely. Over the past twelve months, the combination of planning a wedding, starting a new job and getting a dog has really made me consider what I want my future to look like – I feel I’ve had to make a lot of serious decisions in a short period of time, and my career has necessarily been a part of that. I think experiencing all of these things at the same time has really made me take my work-life balance more seriously, and that’s something I’ve been passionate about championing in the editorial we produce here at The Jackal.