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: Lori Morrison
Hometown: Aberdeen, Washington
Residence: Lori lives in Sedona in a home that her cat, Tut, allows her and her dog, Gracie, to live in with him. Prior to moving to Sedona, Lori lived in El Salvador for 27 years.
College: University of Washington
College major: International Studies
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Short bio: Lori Morrison is the author of “The Shaman’s Guide to Power Animals” (March 2019). She is a best-selling author, inspirationalist and mystic. She is part of a rare breed of lightening shamans who have received a spontaneous awakening of shamanic knowledge. Lori first journeyed into the shamanic underworld in 2010 where she found the spiritual realm of Power Animals. Her teachers were Mayan Ancestors who took her through a two year initiation with the spirits of four Jaguar. Her later intimate connection with Lion, given to her by a Haitian shaman has been an extraordinary experience and has enhanced greatly her healing powers. By merging and forming a sacred relationship with animal spirits she is able to support her clients with insight and change through her cutting-edge shamanic counseling practice in Sedona, Arizona, where she resides.
How often do you fly? Usually only once or twice a year.
How many countries have you been to? 47
How many continents have you been to? 7
Earliest travel memory: My first trip on a plane I was 12-years old and flew from Seattle to Philadelphia to visit my grandparents in Swarthmore, PA, for the summer. My grandfather was designing helicopters at the Bell helicopter factory near there.
Favorite American city: New York.
Favorite international city: Cape Town, South Africa.
Least favorite country: Zimbabwe.
I have no desire to go to: Cuba or Venezuela.
Friendliest people in the world: El Salvador.
Country with the meanest immigration officers: Zimbabwe.
Favorite World Heritage Site: Machu Picchu.
Favorite airline: Thai Airways.
Favorite aircraft type: 777.
Aisle or window: Window.
Favorite airport lounge: Thai Airways, First Class Lounge Bangkok. They picked me up from my gate in a pink golf cart and whisked me away to their club and served me a delicious bowl of rice with green curry sauce.
Favorite U.S. airport: Houston—I love the international baggage claim with the colorful suitcases that light up.
Favorite international airport: Singapore. It is the only airport that is fully carpeted and therefore very quiet as there is not the sound of rolling carry on wheels.
Favorite hotel: Villa d’Este, Lake Como, Italy.
Favorite cruise line: Crystal.
Favorite travel credit card: American Express.
Favorite island: Nevis.
Favorite beach: Secluded beaches in Roatan.
Favorite National Park: Glacier National Park.
Favorite fancy restaurant: French Laundry, Napa Valley, California.
Favorite hole-in-the-wall: I love sitting at the counter at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station in New York enjoying a bowl of clam chowder.
Favorite bar: F.X. McCrory’s Seattle.
Favorite fruit: Mango off the tree in El Salvador.
Favorite food: Chocolate anything.
Least favorite food: Olives.
Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): Red wine.
Favorite travel movie(s): Eat, Pray, Love and If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium. I love the part when Giovanni jumps out of the window in Italy.
Favorite travel show(s): Ancient Aliens, I love to see evidence of those who have come before us.
Favorite travel book(s): Fodors guides.
Right now I am reading: “The Shaman’s Guide to Power Animals.” It is my soon-to-be-released book so checking it cover to cover for any edits that are needed.
Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines/blogs: Departures, Conde Nast Traveler.
Favorite travel website(s)—besides JohnnyJet.com, of course! Cruise Critic, TripAdvisor.
5 things you bring on a plane: I always wear a poncho or a cape of some kind that doubles as a blanket. Noise-reducing earphones as I am very sensitive to the vibration of the airplane. A personal air filter around my neck. Lots of meditative music on my iPhone.
What do you always seem to forget? Some kind of cable or charger that is vital to my worldly existence.
What do you like least about travel? TSA (Thousands Standing Around).
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport Duty Free store? Swarovski crystals of any kind.
Favorite travel app(s): The airline app of the airline I am traveling on so I know of any delays.
Most embarrassing travel moment: When my cat Footsie escaped from his travel carrier in First Class and I had to chase him through the plane.
I’m embarrassed I haven’t been to: I can’t think of any place. I have thoroughly navigated through my bucket list.
Worst travel moment: Staying in Zimbabwe at the Victoria Falls Hotel where the electricity was out during our entire stay, every staff member had a different version of the truth. It was sweltering hot and there was no air-conditioning within miles. All the red wine in the restaurants was toasted by the heat. The only way to move around the country was bribing everyone including getting into the country and getting out.
What’s your dream destination? On the edge of a creek.
Favorite travel charity: I like to give donations to groups who are trying to save cats in the wild.
Best travel tip: If you lose your way, hire a taxi and follow it to your destination. Did that in Rome and other parts of Italy when the GPS failed.