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.
Name: Jessica Ambats
Occupation: Aviation Photographer
Hometown: New York City
Residence: Low Earth Orbit
Bio: Jessica Ambats is an air-to-air photographer and a private pilot. She is editor of Plane & Pilot, a monthly magazine devoted to personal aviation. Her aviation photography has been featured internationally, and she was awarded the top designation of “Best of the Best” by Aviation Week & Space Technology. Jessica holds instrument, multi-engine and seaplane flying ratings.
How often do you fly? As often as possible.
How many countries have you been to? 40+
How many continents have you been to? 6
Favorite American city: New York City.
Favorite international city: Santiago, Chile.
Least favorite country: I’ve never met a country I didn’t like.
Country with the meanest immigration officers: Nothing against the UK, but once after arriving at LHR, I was interrogated in a private room by immigration because I was sick.
Favorite airline: Delta.
Favorite aircraft type: Boeing 777, J-3 Cub.
Aisle or window: Cockpit.
Favorite airport lounge: The Concorde Room at LHR, when there was still a Concorde on the ramp.
Favorite airport: Santa Monica Airport.
Favorite hotel: Four Seasons Bora Bora.
Do you unpack into the dresser/closet? Or live out of your suitcase? A combination of both.
Favorite cruise line: I’ve never been on a cruise ship, but I’ve always wanted to travel by freighter.
Favorite island: Bora Bora.
Favorite beach: Ogunquit Beach in Maine.
Favorite fancy restaurant: Room service delivered by canoe at Four Seasons Bora Bora.
Favorite hole in the wall: Ben’s Pizza in Soho NYC.
Favorite fruit: Fruit Loops.
Favorite food: Sushi.
Least favorite food: Mustard.
Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): Water.
Favorite travel movie(s): Baraka.
Favorite travel book(s): Stranger to the Ground by Richard Bach.
Favorite travel website(s)—besides JohnnyJet.com, of course! Google.
5 things you bring on a plane: iPhone, iPad, iPod, Water, Eye mask.
What do you always seem to forget: Contact lens solution.
Favorite travel app(s): FlightAware, FlightBoard, ForeFlight.
Most embarrassing travel moment: Too embarrassing to mention!
What’s your dream destination: Everywhere, including Patagonia, New Zealand, Tibet, Kenya, and Mars.
Best travel tip: Immerse yourself. Seek new experiences. Go with the flow. And take lots of photos.