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: Marti Hines
Occupation: CEO of the luxury concierge company WanderLuxxe that curates film festival experiences
Hometown: Homewood, IL
Residence: Los Angeles, CA
College: Hampton University
College major: Political Science
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Short bio: Marti Hines began her career as an event producer, working in Chicago with Hyatt Hotels, followed by a stint in Washington, DC, with the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. This led to various event work with The White House, The Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Film de Cannes, and The American Pavilion. Over the past decade Marti Hines has positioned herself as a standout independent event producer for filmmakers, celebrities and politicians. Marti has a B.A. in Political Science from Hampton University. In her spare time, Marti enjoys producing films. Her first producer role with the short film Stages premiered at the 2015 Palm Springs Film Festival to rave reviews. Marti recently finished her first feature, Die (Dee) Expats, which was shot on location in Berlin and was Hines’s directorial debut.
How often do you fly? At least four times a month.
How many countries have you been to? 13
How many continents have you been to? 4
Earliest travel memory: Traveling at the age of four to West Middlesex, PA, with my grandmother for her church campground meeting. I had my own little suitcase and felt like such a grown up. The travel bug bit me pretty early.
Favorite American city: New Orleans.
Favorite international city: Paris.
Least favorite country: Panama.
I have no desire to go to: Russia.
Friendliest people in the world: Guatemala.
Country with the meanest immigration officers: Amsterdam, so mean!
Favorite World Heritage Site: Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin.
Favorite airline: American.
Favorite aircraft type: Boeing 777-300ER.
Aisle or window: Aisle and exit row.
Favorite U.S. airport: SFO.
Favorite international airport: GDG.
Favorite hotel: Four Seasons Maui.
Favorite cruise line: Royal Caribbean.
Favorite island: Turks and Caicos.
Favorite beach: Grace Bay Beach.
Favorite National Park: Zion in Utah.
Favorite fancy restaurant: Bistro de Paul Bert in Paris best steak frites!
Favorite hole-in-the-wall: Chicago Oven Grinders and Pizza.
Favorite airport restaurant: Any place with wine flights.
Favorite bar: Bars and Books in Prague.
Favorite fruit: Peach.
Favorite food: Pasta.
Least favorite food: Salad.
Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): In the air champagne, on the ground champagne.
Favorite travel movie(s): The Holiday, Sleepless in Seattle, the film festival selections.
Favorite travel show(s): Sex and the City, Game of Thrones, Will and Grace.
Right now I am reading: “Negroland” by Margo Jefferson.
Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines/blogs: Pineapple, Suitcase, Cereal.
Favorite travel website(s)—besides JohnnyJet.com, of course! Anthony Bourdain’s explorepartsunknown.com.
5 things you bring on a plane: Eyemask, extended charger, iPad, Bohm headphones, socks.
What do you always seem to forget? My Bohm headphones!
What do you like least about travel? Layovers!
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport Duty Free store? Chloe Roses perfume.
Favorite travel app(s): HotelTonight, I am always traveling last-minute, great room rates.
Most embarrassing travel moment: I had been in four different cities in two days, when I was getting ready to go to my next gate I forgot where I was going and insisted to the gate agent that she was wrong and I was listed on her flight. Turns out I wasn’t lol.
I’m embarrassed I haven’t been to: China.
Worst travel moment: Having a plane turn around two hours into the flight because of a leak.
What’s your dream destination? Vietnam.
Favorite travel charity: Barefoot.