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.

Andrew Dobson
Andrew Dobson

Name: Andrew John Virtue Dobson 

Occupation: Full Time Blogger

Hometown: Toronto

Residence: Toronto

Website: Dobbernationloves.com

Twitter: @dobbernation

Facebook: /DobbernationLOVES

Pinterest: /dobbernation

YouTube: /dobbernationLOVES

Short Bio: I am fascinated by how food and drink enriches the sensory travel experience. I have travelled to almost 60 countries and regularly create Culinary Tourism Destination Guides on my website dobbernationLOVES. I was recently a judge for the Ontario Culinary Tourism Awards and stand out as a global expert on everything food, drink and travel with a penchant for adventure. When I’m not eating myself silly on a press trip, you can find me in my hometown of Toronto, reviewing the city’s top theatre, restaurant, bar and art experiences.

How often do you fly: This upcoming year I’m planning on organizing 12-24 press trips (1-2 a month) and will likely be flying, driving, sailing and running around the globe non stop.

How many countries have you been to: 58

How many continents have you been to: 6

Favorite American city: New York

Favorite international city: Stockholm

Least favorite country: Hanoi

Favorite World Heritage Site: Machu Picchu

Favorite airline: Singapore Airlines

Favorite aircraft type: Anything that gets my luggage from Point A to Point B.

Aisle or window: Aisle

Favorite airport lounge: Toronto Island Airport

Favorite U.S. airport: Miami

Favorite international airport: Amsterdam

Favorite hotel: Four Seasons

Do you unpack into the dresser/closet? Or live out of your suitcase? Unpack and relax!

Favorite cruise line: None I’m not a fan of unsustainable hotels floating on the water.

Favorite island: Sipadan in Borneo Malaysia

Favorite fancy restaurant: Kolabrautin, Reykjavik

Favorite hole in the wall: Hawker Stalls in Sinagpore

Favorite fruit: Raspberries

Favorite food: Whatever I’m craving in the moment. I have a penchant for cheese.  

Least favorite food: Oysters

Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground) The Manhattan

Favorite travel movie(s): Jurassic Park

Favorite travel show(s): An Idiot Abroad

Favorite travel book(s): Cookbooks which showcase regional cuisine

Right now I am reading: Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle by Chris Hedges

Favorite travel website(s) – besides JohnnyJet.com, of course!: Travel + Escape

Five things you bring on a plane: iPhone, Macbook Pro, earplugs, sleeping pills, patience

What do you always seem to forget: One of the above mentioned essentials

What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store? A local taste of place.

Favorite travel iPhone app(s): Google Maps

Most embarrassing travel moment: Taking the train from Venice to Florence and accidentally getting on the wrong train and ending up bound for Rome.

Worst travel moment: Getting robbed in Vietnam.

What’s your dream destination: French Polynesia

Favorite travel charity: Planeterra.org

Best travel tip:  Plan your itinerary in advance! As a culinary tourism expert I’m all to aware of the fact that top restaurants in destination require reservations weeks in advance!


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