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.

Grant Martin

Name: Grant Martin

Occupation: Editor in Chief at Gadling

Hometown: Kalamzoo, MI

Residence: Chicago

Twitter: @grantkmartin

Short Bio: Grant Martin is the editor in chief of Gadling.com. Specializing in consumer travel, the airline industry and logistics, his travels have taken him far and wide around the world and he now contributes to Gadling from Chicago, Illinois.

How often do you fly? Maybe two or three times a month. It depends on the season.

How many countries have you been to? I prefer to count ICTS stamps. I think I have around twenty.

How many continents have you been to? At least nine. I lost track.

Favorite American city? Varies. New York for my friends, for the nonstop consumption and the engagement. I love the crisp air in the Pacific Northwest and the friendly people in Chicago and Ann Arbor. Largely it depends on where the cheap tickets are pointing.

Favorite international city? Another varied answer. When the weather is good in Stockholm it’s unbeatable. Hong Kong is the perfect mix of east and west. Barcelona has so many layers of culture that I could live there forever.

Favorite airline? If miles didn’t matter I’d never set foot away from any Virgin carrier. Sadly they mean a lot to me.

Favorite aircraft type? You can’t really go wrong with a 777-300ER. I have a bunch of friends that work at Boeing so I’m also legally obligated to give that response.

Aisle or window? Window.

Favorite airport lounge? Anything with a full, square meal. Domestic lounges are pretty terrible.

Favorite U.S. airport? Good old Detroit Metro. Big, nice, clean, well appointed, easy to get into and out of. Nice guy running their PR too. As far as design goes, you can’t beat Denver.

Favorite international airport? Hard to say, at some point they all blend together. I like the size and offerings of Incheon (Seoul) and Hong Kong. Madrid is well done and beautiful. I’ve heard good things about ABU and SIN but I’ve never been.

Favorite hotel? Ever since that whole Domique Strauss Kahn investigation I’ve been uncomfortable staying in hotels. If I had to pick? Doubletrees for the cookies.

Favorite cruise line? The ferry from Stockholm out to the archipelago. I’m not a big boat sort of guy. Yet.

Favorite island? New Zealand

Favorite fancy restaurant? This would probably be either The Earle or The Gandy Dancer in Ann Arbor. The latter is in a train station, it’s quaint and it reminds me of home. No celebrity chef needed!

Favorite hole in the wall? Pete’s Waterfront alehouse in New York. There’s one on Atlantic in Brooklyn and another on the upper east side. Get the chili. Eat it with the popcorn. It’ll change your life.

Favorite travel movie(s): I liked Before Sunset though my dad called it insipid. Something about being young and romantic I guess.

Favorite travel show(s): I respect the hell out of Bourdain though I think he should get back to his boozing and unscripted roots.

Favorite travel book(s): Probably Heart of Darkness, though Dark Star Safari was always one of my favorites.

Five things you bring on a plane? Computer. Headphones. Power supply. Phone. Phone Cable.

What do you always seem to forget? Contact lens solution.

Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: I left my passport under a mattress in Kuala Lumpur once, just prior to a flight from KUL-BKK-HKG-LAX-DFW-DTW. Amazingly, Air Asia let me rebook and I caught the flight from BKK.

What’s your dream destination? It’s more of a dream of having free time to enjoy the destination, but I’ve always wanted to spend about six months crossing through India, into Nepal and into Tibet.

Favorite travel website(s) – besides JohnnyJet.com, of course!: I’m an airline nerd so I check flyertalk.com and crankyflier.com pretty often.

Best travel tip: Please stop checking bags. It’s just going to slow you down.


Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®.
  • Enjoy benefits such as a $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit, 5x on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards®, 3x on dining and 2x on all other travel purchases, plus more.
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel.
  • With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
  • Get complimentary access to DashPass which unlocks $0 delivery fees and lower service fees for a minimum of one year when you activate by December 31, 2024.

The comments on this page are not provided, reviewed, or otherwise approved by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

Editorial Note: The editorial content on this page is not provided by any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *