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: Devin Galaudet
Occupation: Editor-in-Chief of In The Know Traveler
Hometown: Los Angeles
Residence: Los Angeles
College: Antioch University at Los Angeles
College major: MFA of Creative Nonfiction
Website: intheknowtraveler.com and five other sister sites
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Short bio: Before becoming Editor-in-Chief of In The Know Traveler and its five sister publications, Devin has had stints in antiques, construction, film and as a professional card player. Devin Galaudet has now found his niche combining his passion for travel and writing. Devin still freelances for a popular trade publication and honors this path as a labor of love. When he is not writing Devin enjoys his pixie-like fourteen-year-old daughter and reading confusing esoteric books. He holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
Languages spoken: English and enough Spanish to get by.
How often do you fly? 20+ times a year.
How many countries have you been to? 74
How many continents have you been to? 5
Earliest travel memory: Riding in the back of my parents van cross-country to New York. In a word… blech. Fell in love with travel later.
Favorite American city: Los Angeles, mi casa!
Favorite international city: I could wander around Rome forever!
Least favorite country: Poland was rough but has become one of the most important travel experiences I have ever had. This was a long time ago and I think I just ran into some bad luck all in the same country.
Country with the meanest immigration officers: USA.
Favorite World Heritage Site: Chichen Itza, Mexico, on equinox. Still one of the most fascinating experiences ever. Oh, you don’t know about Chichen Itza!? Check this out.
Favorite airline: Turkish, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Australia.
Favorite aircraft type: I flew the first flight from LAX to Nadi, Fiji, last year. I don’t know what it was but it was a really nice plane.
Aisle or window: Aisle, as I like to stretch and do yoga.
Favorite airport lounge: Virgin Australia.
Favorite U.S. airport: Is this a trick question? They are mostly duds. Maybe Dallas but it still is a dud.
Favorite international airport: Kuala Lumpur or Hong Kong.
Favorite hotel: The Sarojin in Khao Lok, Thailand. I don’t have a great reason but the owner told me an incredibly touching story about the building of the place. And it is very nice and right on the water.
Favorite cruise line: I have never done a cruise. Don’t have much interest but maybe a river cruise in Croatia. Is this possible?
Favorite travel credit card: I cycle these in and out for the frequent flyer miles. I have absolutely zero loyalty toward credit card companies.
Favorite island: Aitutaki in the Cook Islands. Truly jaw-dropping beauty.
Favorite beach: Bondi Beach during the kite flying festival.
Favorite fancy restaurant: I stayed at the Treetops Lodge in Rotorua and the multi-course meal was prepared by a 2-star Michelin chef while I watched. Darn, was that food delicious.
Favorite hole-in-the-wall: There is an El Salvadoran woman who makes the best papusas at the Wednesday farmer’s market on 18th Street near my home.
Favorite fruit: Dragonfruit.
Favorite food: Mexican.
Least favorite food: See below.
Craziest thing you’ve eaten: I will eat anything. I remember having dinner in Japan and the thing in my mouth was still moving. Durian makes me dry heave but I keep trying it anyway.
Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): Water or horchata under a palapa.
Favorite travel book(s): “An Innocence Abroad,” by Mark Twain.
Right now I am reading: Something non-travel related, “A Bill from my Father,” by Bernard Cooper.
Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines/blogs: Afar, National Geographic, the Greenland Newsletter.
5 things you bring on a plane: Snacks, expensive electronics (no one should ever check these), eye shades, ear buds and Airborne.
What do you always seem to forget? Business cards.
What do you like least about travel? Pointless security lines.
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport Duty Free store? Maybe a really big Toblerone bar.
Favorite travel app(s): The world clock section in the “Clock” app.
Most embarrassing travel moment: None. They all become stories.
Worst travel moment: Realizing that my 12:05 am flight to Jamaica had already left, which eventually became a story.
What’s your dream destination? Loads to still ponder. Papua New Guinea, North Korea, Iran, Machu Picchu and about 100 others.
Best travel tip: There will never be a better time to travel than right now. So don’t let others people’s fear and misconceptions, or a lack of money, influence your decision to explore the world.