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: Ciro Campagnoli
Occupation: Entrepreneur & Hotel Owner
Hometown: Bologna, ITALY
Residence: Miami Beach
College: University of Bologna + New York University
College major: Business
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Short bio: Originally from Italy, Ciro Campagnoli brought 13 years of real estate experience with him when he finally moved to Miami and purchased the Sense Hotel, now Sense Beach House. Campagnoli combined forces with General Manager, Patricia Trias, to bring his vision for a truly unique, laid-back luxury, beach house design to life. The hotel’s restaurant, The Local House, was inspired by Campagnoli’s Mediterranean background offering low-carb dishes famous for their fresh seafood options. The young entrepreneur believes that it’s the personal touches and customer service that makes the renowned hotel house stand out amongst the rest. When Campagnoli is not tending to Sense Beach House, he enjoys a variety of beach activities including paddle-boarding and kitesurfing, as well as golfing at Miami Beach Golf Club.
How often do you fly? On average, about 20 flights per year.
How many countries have you been to? 36, so far!
How many continents have you been to? 5
Earliest travel memory: Senegal, Africa.
Favorite American city: New York City.
Favorite international city: I love everything about Prague.
Least favorite country: If I had to choose, I guess I would say Bulgaria.
Country with the meanest immigration officers: None that I remember.
Favorite World Heritage Site: The Abu Simbel temples located in Nubia, southern Egypt.
Favorite airline(s): Virgin America. The airline is both modern, stylish and extremely comfortable.
Favorite aircraft type: Boeing 777.
Aisle or window: Window, for the view!
Best flight attendant you’ve ever had: I treasure good hospitality, which is why I will always remember one very friendly and accommodating flight attendant I met on an Air France Business Class traveling to Paris.
Favorite airport lounge: Madrid-Barajas International Airport—for it’s colorful and unique design.
Favorite U.S. airport: Miami International, only because I can find my way with my eyes closed by now. (Also, I know I’m home when I arrive.)
Favorite international airport: Frankfurt Airport, Germany.
Favorite hotel: Shutters on the Beach—Santa Monica, CA. Only a few steps away from the sand, it’s a great place to just lay back and relax.
Favorite cruise line: Butterfield & Robinson.
Favorite travel credit card: AMEX.
Favorite island: Providenciales of Turks & Caicos.
Favorite beach: The stunning shores of Lanikai, Oahu—Hawaii.
Favorite fancy restaurant: A charming French restaurant called DANIEL in New York City.
Favorite hole-in-the-wall: There’s a restaurant called Marukame Udon located in Honolulu that makes the most delicious handmade udon.
Favorite bar: Employees Only in NYC. It has a very cool 1920’s vibe that I enjoy.
Favorite fruit: Mango.
Favorite food: Good old-fashioned Mexican tacos.
Least favorite food: Pizza, don’t judge me!
Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): A glass of Franciacorta, sparkling wine.
Favorite travel movie(s): The Motorcycle Diaries, Kon-Tiki, and The Way are all a must-watch.
Favorite travel show(s): The Big Bang Theory.
Favorite travel book(s): Lonely Planet is my go-to! It provides excellent travel tips and information for my trips.
Right now I am reading: “Good to Great” by Jim Collins.
Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines/blogs: Baldhiker, Eat Your World, Grantourismo Travels.
Favorite travel website(s)—besides JohnnyJet.com, of course! Jetsetter, Orbitz, and Hotwire all offer great deals.
5 things you bring on a plane: I always travel with my iPad, a good book, a hat, some nuts for energy, and headphones.
What do you always seem to forget? Extra swimsuits.
What do you like least about travel? I strongly dislike both packing and unpacking.
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport Duty Free store? A nice smelling cologne.
Favorite travel app(s): I love to be out on the ocean, which is why I refer to the Weather Channel and Surf Guru app for current surf and tide conditions.
Most embarrassing travel moment: I always try to pack light and during one trip to Costa Rica, I completely forgot a swimsuit. I had to paddle board in jean shorts! It looked ridiculous.
Worst travel moment: One time in Pelourinho, Salvador de Bahia, because of last minute complications, I couldn’t find a hotel to sleep in for the night. It was two in the morning, and I had ended up spending the night at the beach. As terrible as it was, I can laugh about it now.
What’s your dream destination? Tibet, China.
Favorite travel charity: I often donate to UNICEF.
Best travel tip: Make time to travel more. You’ll never regret it.