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: Ellen Clark
Occupation: Travel Photographer & Writer
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
Residence: Los Angeles, CA
College: University of the Pacific (BA), Loyola Marymount (MA)
College major: Art (UOP), Art Therapy (LMU)
Twitter: Coming soon
Facebook: Ellen Clark
Short bio: Los Angeles-based travel photographer and writer Ellen Clark has dreamed of traveling for as long as she can remember. Always willing to go anywhere at a moment’s notice, she’s traveled to places she’d only dreamed about and has shared her adventures through pictures and stories. She has traveled extensively, particularly in North America and Asia, and her award-winning stories and photographs have appeared in magazines, newspapers, guidebooks, blogs, and travel websites. She’s won numerous awards, including being twice named Photographer of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers.
How often do you fly? At least 30 times a year.
How many countries have you been to? 66
How many continents have you been to? Six.
Earliest travel memory: Spending summers on Miramar Beach in Santa Barbara, CA.
Favorite American city: San Francisco.
Favorite international city: Prague.
Least favorite country: Don’t have one.
I have no desire to go to: Somalia.
Friendliest people in the world: Too many to list.
Country with the meanest immigration officers: Haven’t run across one…yet.
Favorite World Heritage Site: Wadi Rum (Jordan), Samarkand (Uzbekistan), Kluane/Wrangell-St. Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek.
Aisle or window: Window, always!
Favorite international airport: Hong Kong.
Favorite hotel: Turtle Island, Fiji.
Favorite cruise line: I don’t cruise.
Favorite travel credit card: Visa.
Favorite island: Fiji.
Favorite beach: Tulum, Riviera Maya.
Favorite fancy restaurant: Melisse Los Angeles.
Favorite hole-in-the-wall: Golden Bull, Santa Monica Canyon.
Favorite bar: Any off-the-beaten-path “dive” bar.
Favorite fruit: Pineapple.
Favorite food: French.
Least favorite food: Indian.
Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): White wine.
Favorite travel movie(s): The Darjeeling Limited, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, To Catch a Thief, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
Favorite travel show(s): Michael Palin’s travels, Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge.
Favorite travel book(s): “Notes from a Small Island” by Bill Bryson, “The Great Railway Bazaar” by Paul Theroux, “Travels” by Michael Crichton, “Travels with Charley” by John Steinbeck, “My Family & Other Animals” by Gerald Durrell.
Right now I am reading: “The Rainbow Comes and Goes” by Anderson Cooper.
Favorite travel website(s)—besides JohnnyJet.com, of course! TravelScope.
5 things you bring on a plane: A full-sized down pillow, my iPhone with Kindle, a sleeping pill, a warm sweater/jacket, and a sense of humor.
What do you always seem to forget? Nothing, I’m pretty organized.
What do you like least about travel? Sitting on the tarmac.
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport Duty Free store? After Eight thin mints.
Favorite travel app(s): Snapseed.
Most embarrassing travel moment: Falling down the escalator at Heathrow’s Terminal 3.
What’s your dream destination? Wherever I’m going next.
Best travel tip: Always fly carry-on only.
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