Occupation: Travel blogger, writer, adventurer, physician, business owner
Hometown: Texas, USA
Residence: Arizona, USA
Short Bio: Romantic writer/travel blogger. Love travel, love exploring, love storytelling. She has visited 33 countries on five continents, and loves sharing tricks about how others can use miles and points to do the same. Her motto: “Combining points and travel to create extraordinary international experiences for you and your family.”
How often do you fly: A few times a month
How many countries have you been to: 33
How many continents have you been to: 5
Favorite American city: New York
Favorite international city: Rome and Venice, Italy; Vienna, Austria and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Can anyone just pick one?
Least favorite country: Germany
Favorite World Heritage Site: Too many to choose from
Favorite airline: American and Cathay Pacific
Favorite aircraft type: 747 for style and A380 for comfort
Aisle or window: Was aisle for years, but recently switched to window seat for the view
Favorite airport lounge: Lufthansa First Class Terminal in Frankfurt
Favorite U.S. airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (awesome name!)
Favorite international airport: Hong Kong
Favorite cruise line: Not a cruiser, but loved Peter Hughes dive boat live-aboard!
Favorite island: Castaway Island, Fiji
Favorite hole in the wall: Tiesto’s Cuenca, Ecuador
Favorite fruit: Blueberries
Favorite food: Filet Mignon or lobster bisque with chocolate mousse cake for dessert!
Least favorite food: Liver
Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground) Air: water; Ground: tequila repasado
Favorite travel movie(s): The Talented Mr. Ripley (Matt Damon) – 1950’s Italy
Favorite travel show(s): I don’t watch TV, except recorded “The Amazing Race” with my son Diego!
Favorite travel book(s): Nothing to Declare: Memoirs of a Woman Traveling Alone by Mary Morris
Right now I am reading: Halfway to Each Other: How a Year in Italy Brought Our Family Home by Susan Pohlman and The Last Bush Pilots
– a novel by Eric Auxier
Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines: Mrsoaroundtheworld.com‘s newsletter
Favorite travel website(s) – besides JohnnyJet.com, of course!: http://www.pointsandtravel.com, http://www.first2board.com. http://milesmomma.com, http://chrissytravels.com, http://www.leeabbamonte.com/,
Five things you bring on a plane: Laptop, neck pillow, noise cancelling headphones, socks and Myocalm PM
What do you always seem to forget: Ponytail holder
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store? A Christmas ornament
Favorite travel iPhone app(s): I don’t have an iPhone! (Droid)
Most embarrassing travel moment: Kicked a piece of luggage, when I got mad one time, in front of my kids in Seville, Spain!
Worst travel moment: Cold, gray Berlin in the pouring down snow, when my laptop crashed and my cell phone wouldn’t work all on the same trip.
What’s your dream destination: Greek Isles, Seychelles, Maldives and Madagascar
Favorite travel charity: KIVA
Best travel tip: Don’t be so travel specific, let your miles and points take you where they want you to go. Always bring two credit cards and two debit cards for access to your money, as well as cash, but get your spending money out of the ATM for the best exchange rate. Buy a SIM card in each country or area you visit, with your unlocked, non-contracted phone. A lesson I have had to learn the hard way.