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: Noel Bauza
Occupation: Entrepreneur and travel photographer
College: Kedge Business School & Paris Observatory
College major: Business and Management & Astrophysics
Facebook: Anywhere Anytime Photography
Google+: Noel Bauza
Short bio: In 2014, I planned to do a world tour with a friend, but we didn’t want our project to pollute too much. After doing some research, we found ways to reduce the environmental impact of traveling, like carbon compensation or financing associations that will save hectares of forests for each country we visited.
After that first trip of five months across 45 stopovers totally carbon-compensated, I wanted to promote these solutions and continue traveling. Thus I launched the Anywhere Anytime Photography project, which consists of traveling to every country in the world, but using both carbon compensation and forest preservation to compensate the environmental impact of those travels. The pollution is calculated and compensated, and in addition, for every 100 km traveled, I finance the preservation of one hectare of Amazonian forest thanks to associations.
The project is entirely financed by photography and sponsors. The travels are paid for by sponsors and photography incomes, and accommodation is offered by hotels to which I supply free photos for their use.
I am also launching a system that enables users to calculate and compensate the emissions of any travels in one minute, in order to make the process easier.
How often do you fly? Once every two months.
How many countries have you been to? 37 countries in the last 2 years, 44 in total.
How many continents have you been to? 6
Earliest travel memory: Argentina, when I lived in Chile with my parents.
Favorite American city: San Diego.
Favorite international city: Amsterdam.
Least favorite country: Luxembourg.
I have no desire to go to: I plan to go everywhere.
Friendliest people in the world: People living in Lapland!
Country with the meanest immigration officers: China.
Favorite World Heritage Site: Angkor Wat.
Favorite airline: Air France.
Favorite aircraft type: Airbus 320.
Aisle or window: Aisle for long trips, window for small ones.
Favorite airport lounge: I have never tried one.
Favorite U.S. airport: Lindbergh Field, San Diego.
Favorite international airport: Ivalo, in Finland.
Favorite hotel: The Ritz-Carlton in Kyoto. Tons of activities such as samurai classes. A crazy experience!
Favorite cruise line: Fjordline Ferries, not for the ferry itself but for the fjords around!
Favorite travel credit card: Visa, HSBC.
Favorite island: Fiji island.
Favorite beach: Playa Tuent in Mallorca.
Favorite fancy restaurant: I don’t usually go to fancy restaurants.
Favorite hole-in-the-wall: Street food in Thailand.
Favorite bar: La Rosa Negra, Barcelona.
Favorite fruit: the Blighia sapida. Yeah I just Googled it.
Favorite food: Cambodian and Chilean food.
Least favorite food: Roots.
Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): Red wine (as 99.9% of French people I guess).
Favorite travel movie(s): Hum…Very Bad Trip?
Favorite travel show(s): I don’t have TV…
Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines/blogs: Le Routard for tips, The Adventure Freelancer for photo spots and Blame the Monkey for the photos!
Favorite travel website(s)—besides JohnnyJet.com, of course! Google Flights.
5things you bring on a plane: My computer for work, headphones for music, my books for studying, sleeping pills for the baby next to me, and duct tape if the sleeping pills don’t work.
What do you always seem to forget? I always forget to sleep when I travel.
What do you like least about travel? Being exhausted when I have to go back to work.
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport Duty Free store? Any type of local alcohol I guess…
Favorite travel app(s): Maps.me: offline maps and itineraries you download before leaving!
Most embarrassing travel moment: When you travel alone and ask someone to take a picture…
I’m embarrassed but I haven’t been to: I’ve never really visited Paris…even if it’s only three hours away by train from my home city.
Worst travel moment: When you enter a massage saloon in Vietnam, realize it’s not for “massages,” try to leave and get chased by the managers in the streets.
What’s your dream destination? Greenland. And Mars (hurry up Elon Musk!).
Favorite travel charity: Arutam: zero deforestation.
Best travel tip: Never plan where to go. Chose a date, and check the prices for each destination on flights.google.com. The best way to discover new places and save a lot of money!