Martin Keown's Traveller's Tale
Martin Keown is a professional footballer who played as a defender from 1984 to 2005 notably in the Premier League for Arsenal where he made over 400 appearances for the club and won 10 honours.
He also played for Brighton & Hove Albion, Aston Villa, Everton, Leicester City and Reading. Keown made his England debut in 1992 against France and went on to win 43 caps for the national side over the next 10 years, gradually forming a respected defensive partnership with Arsenal team-mate Tony Adams at both club and international level. Keown represented England at four major international football finals including the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.
Martin is now a part-time scout and coach for Arsenal, as well as a pundit for the BBC, ESPN, TV3, and Al Jazeera Sports.
Here Dom Reilly gains some insight into Martin's life and travels.
What's your favourite holiday destination and why?
Ireland it's a chance to meet family and friends.
Where in the world would you like to go that you haven’t been already?
What’s your preferred mode of transport?
Do you have a favourite hotel?
The Landmark, London and the Grosvenor, Dubai
What do you always travel with?
What's your top tip to beat jet lag?
Sleep if possible and drink plenty of water
If you had to give one piece of advice when setting off on a trip, what would it be?
See everything as an adventure and expect the unexpected
What is your proudest moment?
Seeing my two sons being born
Who has been your greatest influencer?
It’s often said that life’s a journey – all be it a one-way ticket. If you could return as one thing or one person, what or whom would that be and why?
J.F. Kennedy and make sure I didn't get into that car!
Who is the most interesting person that you have sat next to on a plane?
No one in particular, most people chat to me on a plane about football
What do you do on your time off?
I try to keep my spare time for my family
Who (living or not) would make the most interesting dinner table guests? (Table of 8)
What is the most memorable gift that you have ever been given?
A double winners watch from Arsenal for 1998
What is your advice for balancing work and family life?
Be organised, plan and put things in the diary. And be brave enough to say NO to work commitments
Fry up or cereal?
Coffee of tea?
Champagne or beer?
Sand or snow?
Sea or swimming pool?
Football or rugby ball?
Smart or casual?
Shoes or trainers?
Newspaper or tablet?
Novel or movie?
Thanks a million Martin!
Martin travels with his Dom Reilly watch roll and travel wallet.