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: Ondrej Lednicky
Occupation: Full-time traveler & photographer, before mechanical engineer—product design
Hometown: Pobedim, Slovakia
College: University in Trencin, Slovakia
College major: Technical
Facebook: Ondrej Lednicky – Photographer
Short bio: Since my childhood, photography has fascinated me. It was in times when in my home country buying any camera was not so affordable and easy to find, like it is nowadays. When I was 15, my older sister bought herself a simple compact film camera. I was totally amazed by her pictures of flowers. I worked hard to be able to buy my first second-hand camera. When I came home happy, my father blamed me that all my savings are gone for such a “toy” like a camera☺. I started to take pictures of places around me. When I look back, from the settings aspect, it was just thousands of blind trials. Slowly, I started to realize that photography really means a lot to me. I moved on and try to focus on it, especially while traveling. Unfortunately, with a full-time job (as mechanical engineer) my time was very limited. So, I saved money to be able to travel around the world for one year. Starting last June, flying directly to Moscow, taking Trans-Siberian Railway, then spending five months in Asia & Oceania. As an example, in Philippines I worked as a voluntary photo-documentarist for one NGO. Now to follow is Latin America.
How often do you fly? Approximately 1-2x per month.
How many countries have you been to? 53
How many continents have you been to? 4
Earliest travel memory: Trip across the Balkan countries, 4000km by car, camping in nine countries with two other friends.
Favorite American city: Never been to USA.
Favorite international city: Salzburg.
Least favorite country: City—Dubai.
I have no desire to go to: I have no prejudices, that could influence me in that way that I would have no desire to go to.
Friendliest people in the world: Iran.
Country with the meanest immigration officers: Dubai International Airport.
Favorite World Heritage Site: Hallstatt–Dachstein/Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape, Austria.
Favorite airline: Ryanair.
Favorite aircraft type: Don’t have preference.
Aisle or window: Window.
Favorite airport lounge: I’m traveling low-cost, low-cost airlines don’t have an airport lounge.
Favorite international airport: I like small airports like Bratislava.
Favorite hotel: Don’t have.
Favorite island: Palawan, Philippines.
Favorite beach: El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.
Favorite National Park: High Tatras National Park, Slovakia.
Favorite bar: Kozel Pub, Trencin, (pub doesn’t exist anymore).
Favorite fruit: Apple.
Favorite food: Mum’s noodle soup.
Least favorite food: Calamari.
Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): Tea.
Favorite travel movie(s): The Salt of the Earth.
Favorite travel book(s): “Idiots Sailing Around the World” (orig. CZ: Idioti na plavbe kolem sveta)
Right now I am reading: George Orwell “1984.”
Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines/blogs: I like some Facebook backpackers groups, Lonely Planet, Lide a Zeme (Czech magazine).
Favorite travel website(s)—besides JohnnyJet.com, of course! Wikitravel.org, workaway.info.
5 things you bring on a plane: Laptop, earplugs, headphones, mobile, travel air-pillow.
What do you always seem to forget? Air-pillow.
What do you like least about travel? Borders controls.
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport Duty Free store? Magnets.
Favorite travel app(s): maps.me; Airbnb, Google Translator, MetrO, Bus + Train.
Most embarrassing travel moment: Too detailed border check in Dubai International Airport.
Worst travel moment: When our car (Lada 2105) got damaged in Belarus radioactive forest (close to Chernobyl).
What’s your dream destination? Visit some original tribes without big touch of civilization.
Best travel tip: Don’t think about to travel, just travel!