Sam Neill: ‘You Can’t Beat a Flat Bed’

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  07.23.09 | 12:34 PM ET

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The Kiwi actor, best known for his roles in “The Piano” and “Jurassic Park,” recently shared some funny and thoughtful travel reflections with the Independent. Among the highlights? Neill looks for “a sense of enquiry and wonder” in his travel companions, he finds grand old hotels “uncomfortable, patronising and with hideous furniture,” and he firmly believes that a first-class reclining seat is worth it on the red-eye: “You can’t beat a flat bed. It’s hardly a profound thought, but if you can sleep on a plane, you can function at the other end ... I know I should be waxing lyrical about other cultures, but the bed takes precedence, I’m afraid.”

Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

2 Comments for Sam Neill: ‘You Can’t Beat a Flat Bed’

Newyork Hotels 07.23.09 | 1:33 PM ET

Sam neil is a fantastic actor!! watch him in kane and abel…amazing!!!

Ling 07.24.09 | 10:42 AM ET

He’s right about being able to sleep on a plane. The place you’re going to seems so much better when you’re able to look at things with a clear eye, instead of bleary red eyes and a foul temper.

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