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.
Occupation: Author, Journalist, Comedian
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Residence: Sewanee, TN
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.