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Want to know how to travel in style, just like the pros? We check in with frequent fliers on useful resources, favorite destinations and what they never leave home without.

Peggy Goldman
Peggy M. Goldman

Name: Peggy M. Goldman

Occupation:  Tour Operator & Company President

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Residence: Elkins Park, PA (suburb of Philadelphia)

Website: Friendly Planet (site & blog) 

Twitter: @friendlyplanet




Short Bio: Peggy Goldman is a specialty tour operator and travel expert, who co-owns and operates Friendly Planet Travel, a leading online travel company specializing in exceptional tour deals to exotic destinations at affordable prices. Goldman has spent her life traveling around the world, and more than 30 of those years have been dedicated to arranging high-quality, affordable vacation packages. An industry expert who originally founded her business in 1981, Goldman feels strongly about supporting projects throughout Friendly Planet’s destinations abroad, and she is an active lender, together with a dedicated Friendly Planet team of 245 members, in KIVA, the international micro-lending organization. In addition to offering expert, high value-for-money travel arrangements for groups and individuals, Friendly Planet is among a select group of tour operators who have been granted a People to People license for Cuba. Goldman is IATAN and ARC accredited and is also a member of the American Society of Travel Agents, International Airlines Agent Network, International Air Travel Association, and Cruise Lines International Association.

How often do you fly: About 6 times a year

How many countries have you been to: 30

How many continents have you been to: 4

Favorite American city: New York City

Least favorite country: South Korea

Favorite World Heritage Site: Taj Mahal

Favorite airline: Emirates

Favorite aircraft type: Airbus

Aisle or window: Aisle

Favorite airport lounge: Emirates at JFK

Favorite U.S. airport: Denver

Favorite international airport: Beijing

Favorite hotel: Rambagh Palace (in Jaipur)

Favorite island: Easter Island

Favorite fruit: Vietnamese pineapple

Favorite food: French fries

Least favorite food: Organ meats & live baby octopus

 Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground) Dry white wine

Favorite travel book(s): Lonely Planet

Right now I am reading: Two books about North Korea (The Orphan Master’s Son, Nothing to Envy) and two books set in India (A Fine Balance, Family Matters)

Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines: Condé NastTraveler, National Geographic Traveler, Budget Travel Magazine

Favorite travel website(s) – besides, of course!:  TripAdvisor, The Huffington Post

Five things you bring on a plane: Ricola lemon mint drops (sugarless), tissues, my iPad loaded with books, lip gloss, a magazine or newspaper (for when taking off or landing)

What do you always seem to forget: Mouthwash and an extra pair of glasses

What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store? Jewelry, what else?

Favorite travel iPhone app(s): Flight+

What’s your dream destination:  Australia

Favorite travel charity: Trailblazer Foundation

Best travel tip: Smile, smile, smile as you go, and remember that the enemy of very good is excellent. Flexibility and willingness to overlook small things will assure a wonderful experience in any destination.

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