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Occupation: Deputy Director & Press Officer for Tourist Office for Flanders – Brussels. Co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids and freelance writer.
Hometown: Eupen, Belgium
Residence: Forest Hills, NY
Website: Work in progress
Short Bio: Liliane Opsomer is born in Belgium and lives since 25 years in New York City. She is the co-author of the “Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids”, a guidebook that provides detailed planning and touring tips for a family vacation. Liliane also works for the Tourist Office for Flanders and is passionate about travel, Disney and Hobbits. She is the proud mother of a son who just graduated from Florida State University’s Film School.
How often do you fly: At least once a month
How many countries have you been to: 34
How many continents have you been to: 6 & Cape Horn- the last piece of Terra Firma.
Favorite American city: San Francisco
Favorite international city: Wellington, NZ
Least favorite country: There is no such thing
Favorite World Heritage Site: Petra, Jordan
Favorite airline: American Airlines
Favorite aircraft type: The re-designed Boeing 777-300ER of Air New Zealand
Aisle or window: Aisle
Favorite airport lounge: British Airlines, London Heathrow
Favorite U.S. airport: Chicago
Favorite international airport: Schiphol, Amsterdam
Favorite hotel: Four Seasons, Sydney
Favorite cruise line: Disney Cruise Line
Favorite island: Molokai’i, Hawaii
Favorite fancy restaurant: Per Se, New York
Favorite hole in the wall: ‘t Dreupelkot in Ghent, Belgium
Favorite fruit: Pineapple
Favorite food: Asian
Least favorite food: Hamburger
Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground) Cava
Favorite travel movie(s): If it’s Tuesday it must be Belgium
Favorite travel show(s): Rick Steves Europe
Favorite travel book(s): Lonely Planet
Right now I am reading: Walking with the Anzacs
Favorite travel website(s) – besides JohnnyJet.com, of course!: www.travelmole.com
Five things you bring on a plane: Laptop, Book, magazine or newspaper, Cushion, Socks & Pain killers
What do you always seem to forget: Hairbrush and nightdress
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store? Anything from Swarovski J.
Favorite travel iPhone app(s): www.touringplans.com
Most embarrassing travel moment: Terrified for this long overdue event to happen
Worst travel moment: Being stuck in the airport in Brussels with a group of journalists when airline went bankrupt the day of our scheduled return to New York.
What’s your dream destination: Bora Bora
Favorite travel charity: Funds collected on planes for UNICEF
Best travel tip: Stop and smell the flowers.