Travel Style: Chip Conley

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.

Chip Conley

Chip Conley

Name: Chip Conley

Occupation: Founder, Joie de Vivre Hospitality. Founder, Fest300. Head of Global Hospitality, Airbnb.

Hometown: Long Beach, California

Residence: San Francisco

Website: fest300.com, chipconley.com

Facebook: /Fest300

Twitter: @Fest300

G+: /109218839511739979334

YouTube: /fest300tv

Instagram: /fest300

Pinterest: /fest300

Tumblr: /fest300

Short Bio: Founder and former CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality for 24 years. Starting at age 26, transformed an inner city motel into the 2nd largest boutique hotel brand in the world. Author of four books, including PEAK and New York Times bestseller, EMOTIONAL EQUATIONS, he’s been a featured speaker at TED. In 2013, launched Fest300, where he shares his passion for world travel, cultures, and festivals. And joined Airbnb as Head of Global Hospitality, where he’s sharing his proven methods with hundreds of thousands of hosts in nearly 200 countries. His blog is at Fest300.

How often do you fly: A few times a month

How many countries have you been to: 58 (22 this year)

How many continents have you been to: 5

Favorite American city: San Francisco

Favorite international city: Marrakech

Least favorite country: Russia

Favorite World Heritage Site: Petra

Favorite airline: Singapore

Favorite aircraft type: Anything that flies

Aisle or window: Window

Favorite airport lounge: Virgin Atlantic Heathrow

Favorite U.S. airport: SFO

Favorite international airport: Singapore

Favorite hotel: Hotel Vitale, San Francisco

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

Favorite cruise line: Don’t do cruises

Favorite island: Bali 

Favorite beach: Secret Beach, Kauai

Favorite fancy restaurant: Gary Danko, San Francisco

Favorite hole in the wall: Any taqueria

Favorite fruit: Jackfruit 

Favorite food: Quinoa

Least favorite food: Runny scrambled eggs

Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground): Anything with alcohol in it

Favorite travel movie(s): Lawrence of Arabia

Favorite travel show(s): Anthony Bourdain

Favorite travel book(s): Anything by Pico Iyer

Right now I am reading: Smile While You’re Lying: Confessions of a Rogue Travel Writer

Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines/blogs: AFAR, Inside the Travel Lab, Gary Arndt

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

Five things you bring on a plane: Earplugs, laptop, a great book, a willingness to meditate, sleeping pills

What do you always seem to forget: A baseball cap to block the sun from my bald head

What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store? Nothing, I just want their love

Favorite travel app(s): World Festival Guide

Most embarrassing travel moment: Getting off a plane in Bali and thinking I was in Maui (serious jetlag)

Worst travel moment: Having intestinal parasites while trying to hitchhike on the autobahn in Germany in 100-degree weather

What’s your dream destination: Iceland’s hot springs

Favorite travel charity: Air Charity Network

Best travel tip:  If you want serendipity to be your travel partner, travel alone.

Johnny Jet

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