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: Christy Woodrow
Occupation: Travel Photographer & Blogger
Hometown: South Lake Tahoe, CA
Residence: San Diego
Website: Ordinary Traveler
Facebook: Ordinary Traveler
Pinterest: Ordinary Travelr
YouTube: Ordinary Traveler
Short Bio: I’m a pro photographer who founded the travel blog, Ordinary Traveler, with my life partner, Scott. We have been traveling the world together since 2006 and started our blog in 2010.
How often do you fly: As much as possible. At least 10-20 times per year.
How many countries have you been to: 29
How many continents have you been to: 4
Favorite American city: Even though I love where we live, I’m going to have to go with Santa Barbara. It’s one of my favorite places to visit and we travel there as often as possible.
Least favorite country: I don’t have one! I love them all.
Favorite airline: Korean Air. The service is impeccable and I actually enjoyed the food.
Favorite aircraft type: A seaplane. I have yet to fly in one, but it has always been my dream to own a seaplane. Now I just need to convince Scott to learn how to fly one after he pays off his helicopter pilot loans.
Aisle or window: Window for sleeping, aisle for shorter flights.
Favorite airport lounge: The Plaza Premium Lounge in Hong Kong
Favorite U.S. airport: Houston, Texas
Favorite international airport: Seoul, South Korea. They have a transit hotel, places to take showers, free computers, comfortable chairs and loungers to sleep if you can’t get a room in the hotel.
Favorite cruise line: I have only been on Celebrity, but I wouldn’t recommend it unless you are over 60 years old.
Favorite island: Southern Bali is currently a favorite, but I may be changing my answer in the next few months after we visit the Bahamas and Fiji.
Favorite hole in the wall: Snack at the Incheon airport in South Korea. The best ramen soup you will ever taste.
Favorite fruit: Mangos! Best enjoyed on a beach in Mexico.
Favorite food: Anything Mexican.
Least favorite food: Mussels. Although, I’m sure I will learn to love them one day.
Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground): Fat Tire or any other delicious craft beer.
Favorite travel movie(s): The Endless Summer is one of my all time favorite travel movies. We chase the sun and waves in our travels, so I like to think of my life as an endless summer.
Favorite travel show(s): We don’t have cable so that is a toughie. There are only a few shows I watch online and they are not travel shows. I would rather live it than watch it.
Favorite travel book(s): Swept: Love with a Chance of Drowning by Torre DeRoche and Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
Right now I am reading: I just finished reading “Lucky” by Alice Sebold. Now I’m reading “Let My People Go Surfing” written by the owner of Patagonia.
Five things you bring on a plane: Camera bag, comfy sweatshirt, headphones, toothbrush & sleeping pills for an overnight flight.
What do you always seem to forget: Floss is one of those things that tends to slip my mind and I always have to buy it when I get there or buy expensive floss at the airport.
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store? Chocolate :)
Favorite travel iPhone app(s): All of my camera apps including Camera+, Pro HDR and Snapseed. I really should get into using maps, but I usually prefer to get lost when I travel.
Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: The time I got injured during a Thai massage in Phuket. The therapist tried to crack my back and it instantly went into spasms. Another lady had to come massage that area for a half hour before I could get up and walk.
What’s your dream destination: The Maldives! I want to spend all day surfing uncrowded waves by boat.
Favorite travel charity: Mercy Corps
Best travel tip: “Keep calm and carry on.” It’s funny how this one follows me around. I was having a difficult time during a trip in Nepal and I found this quote on a coaster. It changed my attitude for the rest of the trip and has now become my travel mantra.