Short bio: Darley Newman is a travel expert, TV host, entrepreneur, and multimedia producer. She has channeled her passions for travel and storytelling into successful TV series and brands, including Emmy Award-winning “Equitrekking” and “Travels with Darley” on PBS, Amazon Prime, Verizon Digital, and networks in over 85 nations.
Occupation: TV Host & Entrepreneur
How are you doing with quarantine? I’m staying busy, but itching to travel. Mostly editing existing travel video content from a decade of being on the road, connecting with others on social media, jogging in Central Park and cooking.
Hometown: Myrtle Beach, S.C.
College: The George Washington University
College major: Electronic Media & International Business
Earliest travel memory: Going to San Francisco on a family trip to spread my grandfather’s ashes in places that were significant to him following his death. I was only 5 years old and it sounds morbid, but was super meaningful to my mom and our family, so ingrained in my mind.
How often do you fly? Two weeks a month
How many countries have you been to? 37
How many continents have you been to? 5
Favorite American city: Los Angeles and NYC
Favorite international city: Florence, Italy
Friendliest people in the world: Ireland
I have no desire to go to: Outer Space
Country with the meanest immigration officers: Canada
Favorite airline: Don’t have one but loved Qatar’s business class and Japan Airlines for the food
Favorite aircraft type: 747
Aisle or window: Aisle on short flights and window on long ones
Sat next to any famous celebs: Nope
Favorite airport lounge: Qatar’s Airways Business Class Lounge in Doha
Favorite U.S. airport: National Airport in D.C.
Favorite international airport: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Favorite hotel: Castle Leslie in Ireland
Favorite travel credit card: Chase Sapphire
Favorite island: Hawaii (Maui and the Big Island)
Favorite beach: Myrtle Beach. I grew up there.
Favorite fancy restaurant: L’air du Temps in Namur, Belgium
Favorite hole-in-the-wall: It’s not a hole in the wall, but love inexpensive dim sum at Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong
Favorite fruit: Kiwi
Favorite food: Steak
Craziest thing you’ve eaten: Homemade ayran in a village in Turkey. Not crazy in itself, but we were riding horses village to village on the old Silk Road and stopped at a locals house. I was super hot and tired and it wasn’t what I would have originally thought of as refreshing. New to me, but popular in Turkey!
Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): Sauvignon Blanc, though I’ll take the Champagne when offered, too
Favorite travel movie(s): Under the Tuscan Sun
Favorite travel show(s): House Hunters International
Favorite travel book(s): Bill Bryson and Peter Mayle travel books in general. Loved Peter Allison’s “Whatever you do don’t run” on the life of a safari guide. Hilarious.
Favorite travel app: HotelTonight, Airbnb, Uber
What do you always seem to forget? Toothbrush
Worst travel moment: Being charged by an elephant in Africa while on a horseback safari
Most embarrassing travel moment: Camping in the Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan and having stomach issues…
What’s your dream destination? Australia
Best travel tip: Roll with it. It’s my tip for travel and life!