Robin Fenlon: Travelin Man

Robin Fenlon is always on the move. I feel like he is never in one place for too long while taking care of business. This is part of the reason we asked him to take over our Photo of The Day a while back. If you follow him on Twitter or Instagram, than you might know what I mean as well.

Below I throw some assorted travel related topics at Robin. Check out what he has to say.

Follow Robin on Twitter and Instagram at @robinfenlon

FAVORITE AIRPORT:
London Heathrow Terminal 5. It’s the airport I frequent the most – It might not be the best looking terminal (Terminal 3 in Dubai takes that crown) but I’ve been through there so many times I know it better than anywhere. I’ve been out of that place within 15 minutes after transatlantic flights before.

ESSENTIAL CARRY ON ITEMS:
iPhone, Macbook Pro, 2 Books (bought for that trip), Sennheiser HD 25-1 headphones, Teenage Engineering OP-1 synthesiser

WORST AIRLINE EXPERIENCE:
Despite the usual lost bags (which is usually the airport not the airline) I’ve never really had a terrible experience. The very first time I went to America my flight was diverted to Washington DC, United Airlines didn’t give us a hotel and we were kids with no money so hung out in the airport for 34 hours. I still remember the no-smoking tannoy announcements over ten years later.

MOST LAYOVERS FOR ONE TRIP:
I flew from Dubai to LAX in February this year. Had a Friday night layover in London, a Saturday night Layover in Austin, Texas and flew to Los Angeles on the Sunday. I also flew to an erupting Volcano at the end of 2010 – I was already in Bali, Indonesia and wanted to fly to Yogjakarta, Java. I set off on a 4 hour flight and got diverted because of the ash cloud. I finally got there by train, car and motorcycle. Coming back to England was epic: 7 hour train journey, 1 hour taxi, 4 hour flight, 6 hour layover, 8 hour flight, 2 hour layover and then another 11 hour flight. I was beat by the time I got home but got some crazy time-lapse footage of the volcano.

MOST EXPENSIVE FLIGHT/TRIP:
If I started to count how much trips and flights cost, I’d probably start to think less about doing it.

PREFERRED METHOD OF KILLING TIME ON FLIGHTS:
I have a system that I’ve been following for a while. As soon as I sit down, before the plane takes off I sleep. I usually wake up for first meal. Start reading one of my books. After 50 pages I’ll watch a movie. Then start second book. Then sleep again. Then play with my computer, iPhone, synthesiser. I try to read until we land whichever book I’m more interested in. I try to read right up to the gate otherwise I get stressed rolling around on the tarmac after a long flight…

COUNTRY WITH THE BEST FOOD:
The Middle East. Qatar and the UAE are such rich nations, they supply the best food and it’s served with such flair. Its the best dining experience…

SKETCHIEST FOOD EATEN:
Japan and China have food that is so different than what I eat. I don’t do very well over there but that’s not to say the food is bad. There is very little dairy in Asian cooking and so I miss the milk in my Tea…

FAVORITE HOTEL:
Westin Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali. I stayed in a villa in Phuket, Thailand a few years back which was comparable. Some places have an energy which is impossible to describe, these places have an almost chimerical atmosphere.

FAVORITE RENTAL CAR:
Chevrolet Camero Convertible SS… Some people might say $2000 for a rental car for three weeks is a waste of money… Crusing around with Bas Keep in that thing was so much fun.

FAVORITE PLACE TO VISIT:
I don’t really think of going back to a lot of places. Cities especially. Once you’ve seen a city you have seen it. New York is an exception. Landscapes are slightly different. There are so many new places to visit in our world that I don’t think about going somewhere I have already seen, unless I know anybody who lives there or have an emotional relationship with the place. I love Austin, Texas; Los Angeles, Melbourne and London.

GO-TO PERSON TO CALL FOR AN AIRPORT PICKUP WHEN RETURNING HOME:
A home is a luxury I have not possessed for a while…

Dubai

  • Colton P

    So what has Robin Fenlon been doing these past few years? Just traveling for pleasure not working or doing some video work?

  • Zak

    @Colton P I believe he works for Wilson tennis producing media for them so travels wherever the comps are and I think they’re paying him quite generously. I’m envious to say the least.

  • Colton P

    I see Zak thanks for letting me know, I follow him on instagram, so I was assuming he was doing something media related with tennis with all the tennis comp photos. That sounds super cool though, I concur with you, I am envious as well.

  • Adam Eff

    One of the most interesting & friendly people you will ever meet.

  • Tobias Funke

    I remember him in the Macneil video forever ago. I’m always smiling when people from BMX branch out so successfully.