Chad Chisholm
Chad Chisholm

Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers to find out how often they fly, their favorite destinations and what they never leave home without.

Name: Chad Chisholm

Occupation: Commercial Photographer

Hometown: Evergreen, CO

Residence: Denver, CO

College: UNC

College major: Visual Arts


Facebook: Custom Creations

Short bio: Chad Chisholm is a commercial photographer based in Denver, CO. Specializing in the hospitality industry, Chisholm’s work for food and beverage, architectural, and lifestyle photography is a complete package for his customers. Homeschooled by his parents, he would learn about a country for a month then travel to the country for a month as part of his upbringing, learning language, math, geography, and history first-hand. His profession is a continuance of his education, traveling the globe capturing unique moments.

With a long-running history of photography with a fine art inclination, Chisholm’s work has appeared in art galleries, shows, regional and national magazines, and syndicated web content alike.

How often do you fly? As often as clients need me; usually at least once or twice a month.

How many countries have you been to? 31

How many continents have you been to? 5; Africa and Antarctica are on the list!

Earliest travel memory: Sailing in the Bahamas with my parents at two.

Favorite American city: Wailea, Maui, Hawaii.

Favorite international city: The next one!

Least favorite country: I’ve honestly loved them all.

I have no desire to go to: Kazakhstan.

Friendliest people in the world: Kiwis!

Country with the meanest immigration officers: Not necessarily “mean” but Malaysia was extremely disorganized and chaotic.

Favorite World Heritage Site: Too many—Iguazu National Park, Angkor, Galapagos Islands, and Ha Long Bay are all standouts.

Favorite airline: My dad was a captain for United….I’ll always have a fondness for it. Currently loving Singapore Airlines, however.

Favorite aircraft type: The biggest, best and newest—want to fly on the 787 Dreamliner soon.

Aisle or window: Window, all the way.

Favorite airport lounge: Enjoyed Zurich’s Swiss Air lounge recently.

Favorite U.S. airport: I like DIA; the restaurant scene is awesome.

Favorite international airport: Singapore.

Favorite hotel: I’m a Ritz-Carlton guy, but always love new experiences and properties.

Favorite cruise line: Haven’t been on too many cruises, but of the ones I have, Princess for the Inner Passage in Alaska was great.

Favorite travel credit card: I use Visa for my business.

Favorite island: Maui.

Favorite beach: Little Beach.

Favorite National Park: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Favorite fancy restaurant: Victoria & Albert’s in Orlando is pretty spectacular.

Favorite hole-in-the-wall: Taste of Thailand right down the street from my house.

Favorite airport restaurant: Blanco T&T Phoenix Sky Harbor.

Favorite bar: The lobby lounge at Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia.

Favorite fruit: Bananas.

Favorite food: Anything a five-star chef throws in front of me.

Least favorite food: Tongue.

Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): Vodka soda, usually Ketel One.

Favorite travel movie(s): Out of Africa.

Favorite travel show(s): Anything to do with Samantha Brown or Anthony Bourdain.

Favorite travel book(s): “Molokai” by Alan Brennert.

Right now I am reading: “Sourdough” by Robin Sloan.

Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines/blogs: ISLANDS, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure.

Favorite travel website(s)—besides, of course!,,

5 things you bring on a plane: A good book, headphones, laptop, notepad, neck pillow.

What do you always seem to forget? Extra batteries.

What do you like least about travel? Security; flying private is always the best.

What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport Duty Free store? Something locally sourced or inspired.

Favorite travel app(s): Translate by Google.

Most embarrassing travel moment: Getting to Chicago for a flight to Switzerland and being turned away because my passport only had two months and fifteen days on it (you have to have three months). Turned into standing in line all day downtown for an emergency passport.

I’m embarrassed I haven’t been to: Atlanta.

Worst travel moment: Having to sleep overnight in LAX waiting for the check in counters to open.

What’s your dream destination? I’ve always wanted to go to the Maldives.

Favorite travel charity: I had the opportunity to work with Diana Gross the “Traveling Teacher” and the Ponheary Ly Foundation in Cambodia—amazing organizations.

Best travel tip: Don’t be the reason a line is being held up in security—stay focused while going through TSA! Also be cognizant of the culture you are in.


1 Comment On "Travel Style: Chad Chisholm"
  1. Renuka|

    I so agree with Malaysia being a chaotic airport. And, I found no customer service there! I don’t think I came across any smiling staff.

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