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: Chris Christensen
Occupation: Computer Geek. I am just changing jobs from the Director of Engineering for New Initiatives at TripAdvisor to Silicon Valley startup PayNearMe.com.
Hometown: I grew up in Salinas, California
Residence: I now live in San Jose, California
Bio: I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.
How often do you fly: A little more than once a month, about 75,000 miles last year. Much of that between my home and office which are 2,700 miles apart.
How many countries have you been to: 24
How many continents have you been to: 5
Favorite American city: San Diego
Favorite international city: Istanbul
Least favorite country: Lichtenstein
Favorite World Heritage Site: Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae, Egypt
Favorite airline: None
Favorite aircraft type: 777
Aisle or window: Window
Favorite airport lounge: None
Favorite U.S. airport: Kahului Airport (OGG), Maui… because you are in Maui
Favorite international airport: Schiphol Airport, Netherlands
Favorite hotel: Luz En Yucatan, Merida Mexico
Favorite cruise line: Windjammer Bare Foot Cruises (defunct)
Favorite island: Islets of Langerhans
Favorite fancy restaurant: Longhi’s in Lahaina, Maui
Favorite hole in the wall: Peppers Mexicali Cafe, Pacific Grove, California
Favorite fruit: Tomato
Favorite food: Things made with Tomato like salsa and pizza
Least favorite food: Fish
Favorite travel movie(s): Indian Jones and the Last Crusade
Favorite travel show(s): Amateur Traveler and This Week in Travel
Five things you bring on a plane: iPad, ear plugs, water bottle, iPhone, headphones
What do you always seem to forget: I don’t remember
Favorite travel iPhone app(s): GateGuru
Favorite travel book(s): In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: realizing the night before a trip to Italy that we did not know where our passports were
What’s your dream destination: India
Favorite travel website(s) – besides JohnnyJet.com, of course!: Flickr, I love just looking at pictures of places
Best travel tip: Leave the gun, take the cannoli
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