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.
Occupation: President, Insight Vacations
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Residence: New Canaan, CT
Bio: President of one of the world’s largest Premium and Luxury Escorted Touring companies. I have also had the pleasure of working for some other outstanding travel companies such as Trafalgar and Tauck.
How often do you fly? More than I care to think about.
How many countries have you been to? 50+
Favorite American city: New York—of course.
Favorite international city: Paris.
Least favorite country: Russia.
Country with the meanest immigration officers: Russia.
Favorite World Heritage Site: Ephesus.
Favorite airline: British Airways.
Favorite aircraft type: 747.
Aisle or window: Aisle—so you can get to the bathroom quicker.
Favorite airport lounge: Delta JFK with their new rooftop lounge—outstanding.
Favorite U.S. airport: Austin—great BBQ.
Favorite international airport: Amsterdam.
Favorite hotel: Too many to list.
Favorite travel credit card: American Express.
Favorite island: Hawaii.
Favorite fancy restaurant: Marea NYC.
Favorite hole in the wall: BJ Banc House, Norwalk, CT.
Favorite fruit: Strawberry—they are just so healthy.
Favorite food: Pasta—any kind.
Least favorite food: Eggplant.
Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): Red wine.
Favorite travel show(s): Breaking Bad.
Favorite travel book(s): Anything by Grisham.
Right now I am reading: “King of Thrones.”
Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines/blogs: T&L, Afar and Conde Naste.
Favorite travel website(s)—besides JohnnyJet.com, of course!: insightvacations.com
5 things you bring on a plane: iPad, laptop, charger, aspirin, notebook.
What do you always seem to forget? Keys.
What do you like least about travel? Going through security.
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store? Any red wine.
Favorite travel app(s): Delta.
Most embarrassing travel moment: Can’t mention—but it was quite embarrassing!
Worst travel moment: Being stuck in Nairobi for 10 hours.
What’s your dream destination? Tahiti.
Favorite travel charity: Tourism Cares.
Best travel tip: Book early, bring food with you on airplanes, always allot a minimum of 2 hours to connect at any airport with more than 3 airplanes.
Fine traveler story today.
I have been to Tahiti 7 or 8 times and the picture from the air of Bora Bora is my
“screen savor.” It is beyond beautiful.