International globetrotter and Airbnb policy maker, Natasha Mytton-Mills, gives us some insight into how she stays busy, balanced and ever so chic.
Can you tell us a little about yourself and your career so far – how get into international public policy?
Travel and culture has been a running theme in my life. I grew up between the UK and Singapore, got a job in Bangkok when I was 19 and am constantly planning the next place to explore. My career was naturally formed by my interests, I was always told to choose a subject at school and a job that you want to learn more about and be involved in. I've always been fascinated by international relations and the different ways that countries operate. Travel and tourism plays a big part in how we all connect around the world, and the government relations behind this has me hooked.
What has been the most memorable moment of your career, to date?
Meeting Sir David Frost and more recently John Simpson are both up there with the great moments; people who really inspire me.
Describe a time early in your career where you felt you could say, ‘I made it’.
When I first began doing government affairs at the World Travel & Tourism Council, I knew I'd found the career that would get me out of bed every day, and the boss who would teach me the vital things to 'make it'. I got to travel the world and was very blessed to find that 'click' moment straight away.
Beginning this role at Airbnb was a major moment for me, independently. I wouldn't describe it as 'making it' - each role is an opportunity to learn and grow - it was just a natural fit to role and company that allows me to excel.
Do you have any fun projects coming up?
Lots! The perks of a being a part of a very innovative business, new things happen all the time. We have just launched Airbnb Trips and I'm so excited to see where it grows to over the next few years.
If you weren't in public policy , what would your Plan B career be?
Travel journalist and photographer - the theme of constant exploring continues!
How do you relax in your spare time?
Meditation is my go to activity at the beginning and end of each day. Even if for just a few moments, taking the time to breathe and clear your mind at any point in the day is very powerful. It gives drive and direction.
Second to that, pure relaxation comes to me the moment I arrive in Dorset where I spent half my childhood and will spend my whole life being drawn to. The Isle of Purbeck is magic to me and will constantly be in awe of how beautiful it is.
What other interest do you have?
The countryside and the sea will always be a big feature. I'm a country girl at heart so love big walks and freezing cold swims. Live music and discovering new musicians makes me instantly happy too.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
A constant battle, especially when you love what you do. My job actually really promotes the balance. The team are amazing and everyone has the freedom to manage their own time and schedule. Surrounding myself with amazing friends; who despite my radio silence moments, keep calling and an amazing family and boyfriend - the balance is yours to strike.
How would you describe your personal style?
Classic European with a splash of either hippy or Asian flare.
Most treasured/favourite item in your wardrobe?
My cashmere black pollaneck, a total staple and it used to belong to my mum so very special.
Name 5 essential pieces of clothing for this winter/summer?
Jet black jeans, box frame white shirt, silky culottes, and I will always love you/never wash you big knit jumper and these beautiful caramel J SHOES Sally's obviously...!
What items do you feel are worth splurging on?
The forever ones! I have learnt from best friends, that you actually only ever need a few items in your wardrobe which you can treasure and interchange than you do tonnes of options. Splurge because you know you'll love it and wear it to death. Anything else, you should question why you're buying it.
What’s the best style advice you’ve received?
Oops kind of gave it away above. See it, love it, buy it. And if you can walk away from it then you didn't love it.
Who is your style icon?
Emma Watson (not just for style) and Alexa Chung.
Where’s your favourite place in London/UK?
Primrose Hill for London and Isle of Purbeck for the U.K.
Do you have a bucket list?
I have the longest bucket list. Patagonia is currently at the top and Cape Town is following quickly behind and then Mongolia.
Where are you headed this summer/winter?
This winter I'll be at home in Dorset and in San Francisco in January. This summer I think Canada might be on the cards.
QUICK TEN WITH J:
Being surrounded by loved ones
DRINK OF CHOICE
Glenmorangie whiskey, straight up no ice
WORDS TO THE WISE
You are in control of your own happiness
BEST SOUVENIR EVER FOUND
A giant straw Mexican sombrero - best purchase ever but didn't quite think through having to wear it on my head for the whole flight back.
FAVOURITE FICTIONAL CHARACTER
MOST USED EMOJI
😍 only just second to 🍾
WHAT DO YOU COLLECT
Books, music and jackets
BEST MEAL YOU HAVE EVER HAD
The Goose at Baltic in Southwark
LAST ALBUM YOU DOWNLOADED
The Wild Hunt, The Tallest Man on Earth
I bought a giant zebra painting 4 years ago, still don't have a wall large enough for it
MOST PRIZED POSSESSION
My beautiful little guitar, handmade on Eel Pie island when I was 7
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