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: Domonique Matthews
Occupation: Family travel and lifestyle blogger
Hometown: Santa Monica, CA
Residence: SF Bay Area
College: San Diego State University
College major: Spanish
Facebook: The Simple Proof
Pinterest: Domonique | The Simple Proof
Short bio: I’m a wife, mother of three and traveler at heart. I write about family life through our adventures at home in N. California and around the world. We enjoy the outdoors, travels often, and seek out the beauty in everyday moments. Our travels have been featured on several travel blogs around the world.
How often do you fly? Once a month.
How many countries have you been to? 11
How many continents have you been to? 3
Earliest travel memory: Beach camping in California.
Favorite American city: New York, NY.
Favorite international city: Florence, Italy.
Least favorite country: Haven’t met one I didn’t like.
I have no desire to go to: Antarctica.
Friendliest people in the world: Costa Ricans.
Country with the meanest immigration officers: Turkey.
Favorite World Heritage Site: Olympic National Park.
Favorite airline: Virgin Atlantic or Virgin America.
Favorite aircraft type: Boeing 747.
Aisle or window: Window.
Favorite U.S. airport: SFO.
Favorite international airport: Heathrow.
Favorite hotel: Four Seasons Punta Mita.
Favorite cruise line: SilverSea.
Favorite travel credit card: Amex.
Favorite island: Sardinia, Italy.
Favorite beach: Playa Guiones, Costa Rica.
Favorite fancy restaurant: Gary Danko, San Francisco.
Favorite bar: Trick Dog, San Francisco.
Favorite fruit: Fresh picked berries.
Favorite food: French bread and good butter.
Least favorite food: Clams.
Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): Water.
Favorite travel book(s): “Best American Travel Writing.”
Right now I am reading: “Angle of Repose.”
Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines/blogs: NY Times, Time Out, CN Traveler.
5 things you bring on a plane: Laptop, headphones, water, mints, a book,
What do you always seem to forget? Extra memory cards.
What do you like least about travel? Security lines.
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport Duty Free store? Not a thing.
Favorite travel app(s): Skiplagged, City Maps 2Go.
Most embarrassing travel moment: Crying on a plane home from Istanbul in my 20s. I think everyone must have thought i was dying!
I’m embarrassed but I haven’t been to: Amsterdam.
Worst travel moment: Consecutive days of pouring rain while camping on a 2 week bike trip through France.
What’s your dream destination? Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in BC.
Best travel tip: Remember the most frustrating, embarrassing or painful travel experiences often earn their place as your best memories and stories for years to come.