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: Gil Antolin
Occupation: Luxury Travel Marketing / Travel Agency
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Facebook: Luxury World Traveler
Pinterest: Luxury World Traveler
How often do you fly? Once a month.
How many countries have you been to? 35
How many continents have you been to? 5
Earliest travel memory: Disneyland.
Favorite American city: Miami.
Favorite international city: Granada, Spain.
Least favorite country: n/a.
Country with the meanest immigration officers: China.
Favorite World Heritage Site: Chichen Itza.
Favorite airline: Virgin.
Favorite aircraft type: G600.
Aisle or window: Aisle.
Favorite airport lounge: No preference.
Favorite U.S. airport: John Wayne.
Favorite international airport: Amsterdam.
Favorite hotel: Cosmopolitan—Vegas.
Favorite cruise line: Celebrity.
Favorite travel credit card: Chase Sapphire Preferred.
Favorite island: Harbour Island Bahamas.
Favorite beach: Pink Sand Beach—Harbor Island Bahamas.
Favorite fancy restaurant: Ruths Chris.
Favorite hole-in-the-wall: Fish taco place in Cabo San Lucas…can’t think of the name.
Favorite bar: Press Lounge—Manhattan.
Favorite fruit: Passion—the ones in Uganda, Africa.
Favorite food: Impossible question because I love everything.
Least favorite food: Mussels.
Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): Goose and tonic.
Favorite travel movie(s): Indian Jones, any of them.
Favorite travel show(s): No Reservations.
Favorite travel book(s): “1,000 Places to See Before You Die.”
Right now I am reading: “The Laws of Success by Napoleon Hill.”
Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines/blogs: Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure & Johnny Jet of course.
5 things you bring on a plane: Laptop, earphone, pillow, water, cellphone.
What do you always seem to forget? Earphones, books.
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport Duty Free store? Cologne.
Most embarrassing travel moment: Lol…getting caught in a hotel Jacuzzi…
Worst travel moment: Being stuck on a runway in Washington D.C. for 4 hours with no air conditioning.
What’s your dream destination? So tough. Bora Bora, New Zealand, Santorini.
Favorite travel charity: International Rescue Committee.
Best travel tip: Enjoy the moment. A few times throughout the trip stop everything you are doing, close your eyes, take a deep breath and take it all in. I come back to these moments when I return home, and life gets hectic. They are priceless.
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