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: Larry Prosor
Occupation: Novelist, Screenwriter and Photographer
Hometown: Born in Hollywood, but my longest hometown would be Truckee, California (near Lake Tahoe)
Residence: Coastal regions of New Zealand and the mountains of northern California
College: One year of JC, then took a year off school to ski bum at Lake Tahoe. From that life-changing winter to this day, I follow the self-educated path.
College major: None
Short bio: (From the back cover of my new novel, “Dream Walker“) Larry Prosor is a novelist, screenwriter and photographer. His books include “Dream Walker,” “Lake Tahoe” and “Nevada.” His words and images have appeared in numerous books, media, calendars, advertising and art worldwide. He believes storytelling is best told by living an artful life filled with interesting stories. He lives in two hemispheres, New Zealand and California.
How often do you fly? Lately, once or twice a year from New Zealand to California. Domestically I fly around the US and NZ quite often. When I was more active with my photography business, very often.
How many countries have you been to? Ten or so.
How many continents have you been to? Three.
Earliest travel memory: Mexico. Being introduced to legal fireworks that could blow off young fingers.
Favorite American city: San Francisco, California.
Favorite international city: Wellington, New Zealand.
Least favorite country: Corrupt ones.
I have no desire to go to: Corrupt ones.
Friendliest people in the world: Fijians and New Zealanders.
Country with the meanest immigration officers: A “no comment” seems wise.
Favorite World Heritage Site: Fjordland, New Zealand.
Favorite airline: Air New Zealand.
Favorite aircraft type: Boeing 777.
Aisle or window: I’m a visual person and I need a window.
Favorite airport lounge: Koru, in Auckland.
Favorite U.S. airport: The airport where my flight is on time.
Favorite international airport: Auckland.
Favorite hotel: Mike Wiegele’s Heli Skiing resort in Blue River, British Columbia, Canada.
Favorite cruise line: I’m not into cruise lines, yet…
Favorite travel credit card: Visa.
Favorite island: North Island, New Zealand (where I live).
Favorite beach: Being a surfer, that can be a sensitive subject. I’d say the beaches discovered for the first time and no one is on the beach.
Favorite National Park: Yosemite, offseason.
Favorite fancy restaurant: The Marina, Gisborne, New Zealand.
Favorite hole-in-the-wall: Taco stand on the beach in Todos Santos, Baja Mexico.
Favorite airport restaurant: Getting harder and harder to find a decent one that isn’t a franchise chain.
Favorite bar: The one with an empty window seat.
Favorite fruit: New season apples.
Favorite food: Avocados.
Least favorite food: Fast food.
Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): Clean water.
Favorite travel movie(s): My future feature film, Dream Walker.
Favorite travel show(s): Cooking shows featuring travel to distant cultures.
Favorite travel podcast(s): None yet.
Favorite travel book(s): “Roughing It” by Mark Twain.
Right now I am reading: “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy.
Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines/blogs: I’m into books.
Favorite travel website(s)—besides JohnnyJet.com, of course! Airline booking websites.
5 things you bring on a plane: A good book, noise cancelation headphones, water bottle, comfortable clothes, comfortable shoes.
What do you always seem to forget? I’ve traveled a lot. I pack with focused intention.
What do you like least about travel? Airport hassles.
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport Duty Free store? Nothing.
Favorite travel app(s): Google Earth.
Most embarrassing travel moment: Fender bender in the rental car racing to catch a flight.
I’m embarrassed I haven’t been to: Europe. I’m not into high-density masses of tourists, thus my hesitation.
Worst travel moment: Fighting sea sickness on a surfing expedition to outer islands in Indonesia.
What’s your dream destination? Untracked powder snow for skiing and perfect empty waves for surfing.
Favorite travel charity: Doctors Without Borders.
Best travel tip: I dare you to go out and explore the world for yourself without Facebook and Instagram.