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: Irene S. Levine
Occupation: Journalist & Author
Hometown: NYC gal
Residence: Chappaqua, NY (Westchester County)
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Short Bio: Yes, I have an unusual background for a travel writer—a long and distinguished career as a psychologist, another decade in research and communications, and another decade learning the trade of being a freelance writer and author. Now don’t start counting—some of them overlapped as I moonlighted! All my experiences have shaped the person I am, as well as the way I think and write about travel. Hopelessly addicted to social media, you’ll find my byline cropping up in many places. I blog, I tweet, I friend, and I play Words with Friends.
How often do you fly: About twice a month
How many countries have you been to: Not enough
How many continents have you been to: More to come
Favorite American city: Chappaqua, that’s why I’m there
Favorite international city: Los Cabos, that’s where I go on real vacations
Least favorite country: Russia, that’s where I got scammed by a tour guide
Favorite World Heritage Site: The Malatestiana Library in Cesena, Italy
Favorite airline: Jet Blue
Aisle or window: Aisle
Favorite airport lounge: Mexico City
Favorite U.S. airport: Westchester Airport, small is beautiful
Favorite international airport: Milan, for the shopping
Favorite hotel: Fouquet’s Barriere in Paris
Favorite cruise line: Seabourn and Crystal
Favorite island: Bermuda
Favorite fancy restaurant: Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills
Favorite FANCY hole in the wall: Le Jardin du Roi, Chappaqua
Favorite fruit: Cherries
Favorite food: Pasta with shaved white truffles
Least favorite food: Olives
Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground): Kir Royal
Favorite travel movie(s): Three Coins in the Fountain
Favorite travel show(s): No Reservations
Favorite travel book(s): Story of San Michele
Right now I am reading: People Magazine
Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines: Departures, Travel & Leisure, Boston Globe travel section
Five things you bring on a plane: Flips flops, iPhone, passport, GOES ID card, a shawl.
What do you always seem to forget: To trash my water bottle before going through TSA security
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store? Hermes perfume
Favorite travel iPhone app(s): Tripit
Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: Getting scammed in Russia
What’s your dream destination: Anyplace new
Favorite travel charity: Amigos de los Ninos, Los Cabos
Best travel tip: Supplement your memory with photographs and notes
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