Travel Style: Liliane Opsomer

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Name: Liliane Opsomer                       

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

Twitter: @LilianeOpsomer 

Facebook: The Unofficial Guide To Walt Disney World With Kids

Pinterest: pinterest.com/lopsomer/

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

Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines: AFAR, National Geographic Travel & Passport

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.

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