Peter Greenberg

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:   Peter Greenberg

Occupation:  Travel Editor, CBS News

Hometown:  Seat 3B

Residence:  34,000 FEET


Twitter: @PetersGreenberg

Facebook: Peter Greenberg

Bio: Peter Greenberg is America’s most recognized, honored and respected front-line travel news journalist. He is Travel Editor for CBS News, appearing on CBS This MorningCBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, and CBS Sunday Morning, among other broadcast platforms.

How often do you fly?  Three times a week

How many countries have you been to?  152

How many continents have you been to?  ALL   

Favorite American city?  Madison, Wisconsin

Favorite international city?   Too many to list

Least favorite country?  None

Favorite airline?   I have none. I pick my favorite airline base on which airline performs best on particular routes. Sadly there is no one airline that can claim it performs well on all its routes. This applies to service, attitude, on time performance and fares.

Favorite aircraft type?   DC8 (No longer flying commercial passenger service)

Aisle or window?  Window

Favorite airport lounge? Lufthansa first class terminal in Frankfurt

Favorite U.S. airport?   For large airports, Tampa. For medium airports, Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis

Favorite international airport? Changi (Honorable mention, Seoul)

Favorite hotel?  I can only answer this (like the airline question) by individual city

Favorite cruise line?  My own boat

Favorite island?   Fire Island, New York

Favorite fancy restaurant? I can only answer per city

Favorite hole in the wall? I can only answer per city

Favorite travel movie(s):  Not thought of as a travel movie, but travel was certainly a theme throughout — and most people never seen it: Islands In The Stream

Favorite travel show(s):  My own, of course!

Favorite travel book(s):   A Writers Notebook (Somerset Maugham)

Five things you bring on a plane? Duct tape, flashlight, extra batteries for flashlight, laptop and cell phone, a second cell phone and an international airline schedule book because Plan A never works and I don’t depend on the internet to pick my flights.

What do you always seem to forget?  Enough candy for when Plan A doesn’t work.

Favorite travel iPhone app(s):  Don’t have an iPhone

Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: Twice a year, and only twice a year I wake up and have absolutely no idea where I am. I am convinced I’ve missed my flight. I shower quickly, get dressed, race outside only to discover I’m actually at home in either New York or Los Angeles and it was the one day I didn’t need to go to the airport!

What’s your dream destination? Anywhere I can be with someone I’m in love with

Favorite travel website(s) – besides, of course!:

Best travel tip: Never take a no from someone who is not empowered to give you a yes in the first place.

2 Comments On "Travel Style: Peter Greenberg"
  1. Anonymous|

    I love your tips. I chuckled because I’ve awakened wondering where I was and did I miss the tour departure! Nuts are better than candy for snacks.

  2. Andrea|

    Hey I have been telling this to my husband for years, so now maybe he will believe me because someone else does this… he says I’m embarrassing him. Thanks

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