Martha MacCallum currently serves as the anchor and executive editor of The Story with Martha MacCallum (weekdays, 3PM/ET) on FOX News Channel. A history buff, MacCallum wrote her first book, Unknown Valor: A Story of Family, Courage, and Sacrifice from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima, which pays tribute to the heroic men who sacrificed everything at Iwo Jima. The book takes the reader from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima through the lives of these men of valor, among them Harry Gray, a member of her own family as told through letters and recollections.
She is a two-time recipient of the American Women in Radio and Television award for her top-notch reporting. In this exclusive interview for Forbes.com, from her summer home on Cape Cod, Martha revealed some of her travel favorites.
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Chatham, Mass., is definitely a favorite of our family – I’ve been coming here since I was a child. …where we feel the stress melt away…boating…playing tennis….it’s a real joyful spot for us. We have had a home here for about 17 years and we spend as much time here as we can. Weekends also, and Thanksgiving. This our second home. We come Thanksgiving, and then back after Memorial Day. Every season is fantastic here. I find the beauty of the Cape in every season. We love The Chatham Squire and it’s great pub with terrific clam chowder and beer on tap. We named our dog “Squire.” We love the Chatham Bars Inn, and Wequassett — a beautiful place on Pleasant Bay. The Wellfleet beaches also are stunning.
How did you stay fit and trim during your travels, and also keep up your energy?
I love to run and most mornings I go for a 5-mile run, as much as I can. I love to play tennis and I love to be outside. We play a lot of tennis here. Wherever we travel I find a place to run – it’s the best way to discover a new place too. Exploring in that way gives you a great sense of where you are.
What brand of luggage do you use? Why?
We have T. Anthony suitcases and carry-ons that we invested in many years ago. They last forever. They’re great. Things stay nice inside. It’s a great brand and a great graduation gift for our kids, as they last forever.
What health and beauty products are you never without when you travel?
I am never without Jao – a lavender sanitizer spray. It’s a great product. Use it on the airplane. SkinBetter defense serum. This is a fantastic product I never travel without. I buy it at my dermatologist’s office.
How do you combat jet lag?
Lots of water and whenever possible, a daytime flight. If they offer wine I try to skip it – you definitely combat jet lag better without wine.
What frequent-flyer memberships are you part of?
Just United Airlines. We live in New Jersey close to Newark airport and that’s their hub – and we can use our points.
Where did you honeymoon?
We went for two weeks to Paris and the South of France. Explored Paris then Provence and Monaco. It was an absolutely wonderful honeymoon. It was 26 years ago.
What are some of the destinations on your Bucket List?
Just watching the Olympics – I would like to visit Japan…… Brazil or Chile. And I would love to see both of those. I love to ski so am always looking for new places to ski. Would love to go to Gstaad.
Do you have a favorite hotel?
In London, for business and pleasure – we spent a lot of time there. It’s our favorite city outside New York – we stay at Duke’s, which is a tiny hotel on St. James Place, with a famous martini bar……very homey…….only 20 or so rooms……and whenever I work in London it’s the perfect location tucked away in a little side street. And The Connaught, a beautiful hotel in Mayfair. I really want to go to Claridge’s.
Best trip ever?
South Africa – we did a safari. It’s such an out-of-body experience, different from anything we are used to in the USA. It was dreamlike. When we landed on a small plane – we saw a huge lion and lioness tucked into a tree…..then we got into a jeep and in moment we were surrounded by elephants. It was like a dream. It was so amazing.
Best souvenir you ever bought?
When my husband and I were first married we went to Italy….we had just bought a tiny brownstone in Hoboken – and we wanted to find a door knocker in Italy….we went to antique stalls….it was a fun journey….and we found a big lion door knocker…..and we take it to every home we own. It’s a wonderful memory.
What snacks do you pack in your carry-on? What else goes into your carry-on?
What do you do when you’re really tired but are traveling — or working — and need to be “on?”
Often I will do 10-minute meditation, like a Daily Calm – I lie down for 10 minutes and do a meditation that’s like a mini nap. It’s really really helpful. When I’m desperate I drink a big Diet Coke.
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