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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.

Irene S. Levine

Name: Irene S. Levine

Occupation: Journalist & Author

Hometown: NYC gal                 

Residence: Chappaqua, NY (Westchester County)


Twitter: @irenelevine,  @moretime2travel

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Short Bio: Yes, I have an unusual background for a travel writer—a long and distinguished career as a psychologist, another decade in research and communications, and another decade learning the trade of being a freelance writer and author. Now don’t start counting—some of them overlapped as I moonlighted! All my experiences have shaped the person I am, as well as the way I think and write about travel. Hopelessly addicted to social media, you’ll find my byline cropping up in many places. I blog, I tweet, I friend, and I play Words with Friends.

How often do you fly: About twice a month

How many countries have you been to: Not enough

How many continents have you been to: More to come

Favorite American city: Chappaqua, that’s why I’m there

Favorite international city: Los Cabos, that’s where I go on real vacations

Least favorite country: Russia, that’s where I got scammed by a tour guide

Favorite World Heritage Site: The Malatestiana Library in Cesena, Italy

Favorite airline: Jet Blue

Aisle or window: Aisle

Favorite airport lounge: Mexico City

Favorite U.S. airport: Westchester Airport, small is beautiful

Favorite international airport: Milan, for the shopping

Favorite hotel: Fouquet’s Barriere in Paris

Favorite cruise line: Seabourn and Crystal

Favorite island: Bermuda

Favorite fancy restaurant: Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills

Favorite FANCY hole in the wall: Le Jardin du Roi, Chappaqua

Favorite fruit: Cherries

Favorite food: Pasta with shaved white truffles

Least favorite food: Olives

Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground): Kir Royal

Favorite travel movie(s): Three Coins in the Fountain

Favorite travel show(s): No Reservations

Favorite travel book(s): Story of San Michele

Right now I am reading: People Magazine

Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines: Departures, Travel & Leisure, Boston Globe travel section

Favorite travel website(s) – besides, of course!: Huffington Post, Seat Guru

Five things you bring on a plane: Flips flops, iPhone, passport, GOES ID card, a shawl.

What do you always seem to forget: To trash my water bottle before going through TSA security

What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store? Hermes perfume

Favorite travel iPhone app(s): Tripit

Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: Getting scammed in Russia

What’s your dream destination: Anyplace new

Favorite travel charity: Amigos de los Ninos, Los Cabos

Best travel tip:  Supplement your memory with photographs and notes

3 Comments On "Travel Style: Irene S. Levine"
  1. Laura E. Kelly (@LectriceUSA)|

    Great interview about traveling in style! Thanks.

  2. Alexandra|

    Enjoyed this interview. I was surprised by the response on favorite airline and wanted to know more, ie. WHY?

  3. MS|

    Sign me up for the pasta with white truffles!

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