Travel Style: Benny Lewis

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.

Benny Lewis

Benny Lewis

Name: Benny Lewis

Occupation: Writer

Hometown: Cavan, Ireland

Residence: Always changing; Berlin until June 2013

Website: http://www.fluentin3months.com

Twitter: @irishpolyglot

Facebook: facebook.com/fluentin3months

Pinterest: irishpolyglot

YouTube: irishpolyglot

Short Bio: Electronic engineer turned travel hacker. On the road for 10 years learning the world’s languages and writing about it to encourage adult monolinguals that they too can learn other languages.

How often do you fly: About once every 2 months

How many countries have you been to: Over 50

How many continents have you been to: 5

Favorite American city: Portland, Oregon

Favorite international city: Berlin, Germany

Aisle or window: Window

Do you unpack into the dresser/closet? Or live out of your suitcase?: Suitcase

Favorite island: Florianopolis

Favorite food: Burrito

Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground): Mocktail

Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines/blogs: Nomadicmatt.com, neverendingvoyage.com, matadornetwork

Favorite travel website(s) – besides JohnnyJet.com, of course!: tripadvisor.com, skyscanner.net, wikivoyage.org, happycow.net,

Five things you bring on a plane: Everything I own in the world

What do you always seem to forget: Umbrella. I always have a small one that I can travel with, and yet I’ve bought at least 20 of them because I keep leaving them somewhere!

What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store? Nothing. Always better to spend money outside of the airport.

Favorite travel iPhone app(s): Do people still use iPhones? Get an Android! Tripit, Google Maps, FlightTrack Pro, Airbnb, and location specific apps such as Öffni Directions in Germany (Google doesn’t take most public transport into consideration here, so this is essential to get around Berlin. Apple fanboys can’t access it though.)

Most embarrassing travel moment: Getting detained by the Federal Police in Brazil

Worst travel moment: Running out of money and sleeping outside on a rock with no sleeping bag in Italy (great learning experience though)

Best travel tip:  Learn the local language. English speaking tourists only see a fraction of the country by restricting themselves to only the university educated rich locals. People are the best reason of all to travel, so make spending time with others rather than sightseeing, to be your biggest priority.

Johnny Jet

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Johnny Jet
I used to be afraid to fly and at times even leave the house! I conquered my fear (long story) and now I travel to 20+ countries a year sharing my firsthand knowledge, tips and deals with friends, family and readers. Please sign up to our free newsletters and tell your friends!

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