Travel Style: Jane Borden

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Name: Jane Borden

Occupation: Author, Journalist, Comedian

Hometown: Greensboro, NC

Residence: Sewanee, TN

Website: JaneBorden.com

Twitter: @JaneBorden

Facebook: Jane Borden

Short Bio: Jane’s humorous writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, on VanityFair.com, and on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update”. Crown published her first book, a humorous memoir titled “I Totally Meant to Do That”, which Vanity Fair called “affectionate” and New York Magazine deemed “lowbrow-brilliant.” As a comedian, she’s appeared on Comedy Central and VH1. Borden was a staff editor at Time Out New York for seven years, and appeared regularly on local morning news programs (NBC, Fox, CW) as a guest expert. Her travel writing has taken her to China, Israel, and Switzerland, among other endlessly inspiring destinations, and keeps her sane now that she lives in the woods of Tennessee.

How often do you fly: Several times a month.

How many countries have you been to: 19

How many continents have you been to: 4

Favorite American city: New Orleans

Favorite international city: Beijing

Least favorite country: Any that won’t let me in

Favorite World Heritage Site: Masada

Aisle or window: Window

Favorite hotel: Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne Switzerland

Favorite island: Manhattan

Favorite fancy restaurant: Catbird Seat, Nashville

Favorite hole in the wall: Outdoor ceviche stands in Todos Los Santos, Baja, Mexico

Favorite fruit: Lychee

Favorite food: Millionaire’s Shortbread, Scotland

Least favorite food: Organs

Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground): Arneis

Favorite travel book(s): Bill Bryson’s

Right now I am reading: “The Forest Unseen”, by David Haskell

Favorite travel website(s) – besides JohnnyJet.com, of course!: www.tripping.com

Five things you bring on a plane: Earplugs, face cream, Chapstick, extra water, a book

What do you always seem to forget: Earplugs

What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store?: Herradura

Favorite travel iPhone app(s): The US State Department

Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: At the Kunstmuseum in Bern, I asked what “kunst” means. Answer: “Um, ‘art’.”

What’s your dream destination: Laos

Favorite travel charity: travelanthropist.com

Best travel tip: Learn as much of the language as you can. Never check a bag.

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