Chris Gray Faust

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Name: Chris Gray Faust

Occupation: Freelance writer/ social media consultant

Hometown: Edina, MN – a suburb of Minneapolis

Residence: Seattle, Wash.

Website: Chris Around The World: Your Guide to Value Luxury Vacations

Twitter: @CAroundTheWorld

Facebook: Chris Around The World

Pinterest: Chris Gray Faust

Bio: Chris Gray Faust has 20 years of journalism experience, most recently as travel editor at USA TODAY. Her blog, Chris Around The World, won a Lowell Thomas Travel Writing award in 2010 and is syndicated on USA TODAY. She works as a freelance writer for numerous outlets, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Budget Travel, Frommer’s, Gadling, Cruise Critic, the Independent Traveler and USA TODAY premium publications.

How often do you fly: Twice a month

How many countries have you been to:  52

How many continents have you been to: 6 (all but Antarctica)

Favorite American city: New Orleans. I lived there for 8 years, working for the Times-Picayune newspaper. I still belong to a Mardi Gras krewe, the Krewe of Muses, and go back to visit at least once a year.

Favorite international city: I love many cities, but I could go to Rome again and again, and never get bored.

Least favorite country:  None yet!

Favorite World Heritage Site: Masada, Israel

Favorite airline: Any on which I can score a business class, lie-flat bed.

Favorite aircraft type:  See above

Aisle or window: Aisle

Favorite airport lounge:  I’m not an airport lingerer, so I don’t get into the lounges that often.

Favorite U.S. airport: When I was working at USA TODAY, DCA’s small size made it incredibly easy to get in and out fast.

Favorite international airport: Schiphol, Amsterdam

Favorite hotel:  It depends on the city. That being said, I love the Four Seasons brand.

Favorite cruise line: I love small ships – sailing cruises, expedition cruises, etc. Uniworld does a great job on river cruising. I loved their Nile cruise, which I took last October.

Favorite island:  Bequia in the Grenadines. I also travel frequently to Sanibel Island, Florida, where my parents live (and where I was married in 2007).

Favorite fancy restaurant: Commander’s Palace, New Orleans. Don’t miss their lunchtime 25 cent martinis!

Favorite hole in the wall:  Any of the food stalls in Philly’s Italian Market. I used to own a house there when I worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Favorite fruit: Strawberries  

Favorite food:  Ice cream/gelato

Least favorite food: I really don’t like Ketchup.

Favorite travel movie(s): I love any of those movies where there’s a montage with a map and a line that travels through different countries. Think Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Favorite travel show(s): Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, the Amazing Race, Planet Earth

Favorite travel book(s): The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin had an impact on me at an early age.

Five things you bring on a plane: Bose noise canceling headphones, iPad with Kindle app, moisturizer, compression socks and my laptop.

What do you always seem to forget: Seattle is a very casual city. I never wear high heels anymore, which can be a problem if a formal event is on the agenda.

Favorite travel iPhone app(s):  I wrote an app, the Philadelphia Essential Travel Guide, which I update regularly. I love the Kindle app, Instagram, Tipster, and all of the social apps to keep up with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and the rest.

Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: Projectile vomiting from food poisoning in the Cancun airport.

What’s your dream destination: Everywhere, I want to see it all! That being said, my husband Don Faust and I rented a campervan last year in New Zealand. We’d love to do the same thing and spend a month driving around Australia.

Favorite travel website(s) – besides, of course!: I work hard to make my website,, useful to Value Luxury Travelers. I also like the sites that I write for regularly: CruiseCritic, Frommers, Gadling, Budget Travel and the Independent Traveler.

Best travel tip: No matter what happens on the road, stay calm and keep your cool. It’s when you panic that a situation spirals out of control.


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