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: Natalie Bahadur
Occupation: Senior Web Editor, styleathome.com; blogger, trendytravelista.com
Residence: Toronto, Ontario
Short Bio: Natalie Bahadur is a Toronto-based writer and editor. Currently working for Transcontinental Media, she is the Senior Web Editor for Canada’s leading decorating and design magazine, Style at Home, managing and writing content for styleathome.com. She also contributes regularly to all of Transcontinental Media’s leading consumer magazine web sites, including: CanadianLiving.com, CanadianGardening.com, and ElleCanada.com. Most recently, Natalie has begun writing a travel blog for The Huffington Post and also writes the blog TrendyTravelista.com. Natalie also has a public relations background, having worked for three years in the consumer marketing practice at international PR firm Fleishman-Hillard. She graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic University’s journalism program with a major in print journalism.
Senior Web Editor, Styleathome.com
How often do you fly: On average, once a month
How many countries have you been to: 38 (and counting!)
How many continents have you been to: 5 (North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia) Africa is next on my hit-list!
Favorite American city: New York
Favorite international city: Paris
Favorite World Heritage Site: Iguazu Falls in Iguazu National Park, Argentina
Favorite airline: Jet Airways
Favorite aircraft type: 747
Aisle or window: Window
Favorite airport lounge: Doha, Qatar
Favorite U.S. airport: Chicago O’Hare
Favorite international airport: Hong Kong, Copenhagen
Favorite hotel: Le Meurice in Paris. I’ve never been rendered speechless quite like I was the moment I stepped into my suite at this stunning hotel.
Favorite cruise line: Seabourn. They have a much smaller capacity than most cruise ships, making for a more intimate experience once you’re on board. And, when I experienced my worst travel moment ever (see below), the Seabourn staff’s service, help and care were incomparable.
Favorite island: The Maldives. I’ve just returned home from the Maldives and the vibrant turquoise lagoons, appearing out of nowhere in the middle of the Indian Ocean, are truly a sight to behold.
Favorite fancy restaurant: La Villa Mahana, Bora Bora. This impossibly romantic restaurant only has six tables – making it an intimate and exclusive dining experience.
Favorite hole in the wall: Roscoes House of Chicken and Waffles in Hollywood, California
Favorite fruit: Cherries
Favorite food: Salmon sushi
Least favorite food: Middle Eastern; I’m not sure why but despite the fact that I actually like Middle Eastern food, I always seem to get sick when I eat it.
Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground): Diet Coke
Favorite travel movie(s): Roman Holiday
Favorite travel show(s): Hot Spots 2012 on the Travel Channel
Favorite travel book(s): Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
Right now I am reading: 11/22/63 by Stephen King
Five things you bring on a plane: Kobo: I can’t survive without a book and my Kobo eReader allows me to load as many books as I like on it so I’m never without something to read. iPad: I download all my magazine subscriptions before I travel – I love reading magazines on an iPad. Macbook: It’s essential for working and blogging on the go. Snacks: It’s always best to be prepared and to have some snacks on hand just in case. Pashmina: I’m always freezing on airplanes!
What do you always seem to forget: I can’t think of anything … I’m usually pretty prepared!
Favorite travel iPhone app(s): Airline apps to check flight status, check in, change seats, etc.
Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: Losing my passport in Estonia. What an adventure!
What’s your dream destination: Italy, Bali, South Africa
Favorite travel website(s) – besides JohnnyJet.com, of course!: There are other travel websites besides JohnnyJet.com?
Best travel tip: Besides traveling with Johnny Jet? Pack light. Carry-on only. The advantages of traveling with just carry-on luggage far outweigh the benefits of having that extra pair (or two, or three) of shoes.