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.
Occupation: Regional Manager, VisitEngland, North America
Hometown: Yorkshire, England
Short Bio: Emma de Vadder is Regional Manager, North America for VisitEngland, the official tourism body for England. Based in New York City, she is responsible for promoting travel to and throughout England to the North American market. She has been with the organization since October, 2009.
Emma has 10 years of travel and tourism and PR experience, including having worked at PR companies specializing in travel and hospitality both in London and New York City. She has represented numerous destinations around the world including Monaco and Antigua and Barbuda, and previously worked as Senior Manager, Travel and Tourism PR at NYC & Company, New York City’s marketing and tourism organization. She holds a BA degree in English and Media from The University of Huddersfield.
How often do you fly: On average, once a month.
How many countries have you been to: At least 25
How many continents have you been to: 4
Favorite American City: NYC
Favorite international city: Berlin (with the clause that England/English cities don’t really count as international for me!)
Least favorite country: None that I’ve ever visited.
Favorite World Heritage Site: The Taj Mahal (since I can’t choose just one in England)
Favorite airline: American Airlines (in the hope that if reading this they might upgrade me to the next FF level – Exec Platinum)
Aisle or window: Always window
Favorite U.S. airport: To arrive at – any in NYC as that means I’m home.
Favorite international airport: Koh Samui airport is great as it feels more like you’re in someone’s garden than at an airport with palm trees everywhere!
Favorite hotel: The Cary Arms in Torquay, Devon – a very special spot on the English Riviera.
Favorite cruise line: I couldn’t say as I’m yet to go on a cruise (and combat sea-sickness).
Favorite Island: The Isles of Scilly (closely followed by Manhattan)
Favorite fancy restaurant: The Yorke Arms – a fabulous Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms in Yorkshire.
Favorite hole in the wall: The last one I went to – Cocoron in NYC’s Lower East Side (for the best buckwheat noodles!)
Favorite fruit: Lychee
Favorite food: Fresh fish, grilled and ideally served on a beach with a lovely cocktail.
Least favorite food: Mayonnaise
Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground): Green juice. I swear by it as an immune-system booster.
Favorite travel movie(s): The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Favorite travel show(s): Anything involving Sir David Attenborough
Right now I am reading: Thomas Glavinic’s Night Work, a gripping psychological thriller centered on a last-man-on-Earth scenario .
Five things you bring on a plane: Water, as I can never drink enough, sunglasses, in the hope they’ll be sunshine when I land, iPad, extra socks, and usually some work to do.
What do you always seem to forgot: To turn my phone on airplane mode.
Favorite travel iPhone app(s): I’m a bit obsessed with Google Earth if that counts.
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store: Perfume, please.
Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: I once landed at JFK and mistook actor Adrian Grenier at the baggage reclaim area for someone I know. I’m sure he thought I was trying to chat him up and I soon realized my embarrassing error. Needless to say my luggage could not arrive off the carousel soon enough!
What’s your dream destination: Anywhere with my husband. Unfortunately I’m usually traveling on business without him.
Favorite travel website(s) – besides JohnnyJet.com, of course!: www.VisitEngland.com, of course!
Best travel tip: Green juice – anything containing wheat-grass. I always pack a green ‘superfood’ powder to combat a weakened immune system from flying and lack of sleep.