Isabel Dréan
Isabel Dréan

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: Isabel Dréan

Occupation: Filmmaker & Founder Ultimate Dreamlife Abroad Competition

Hometown: Montreal

Residence: Los Angeles

College major: Social Studies


Twitter: @isabeldrean@dreamlifeabroad

Facebook: Isabel Dréan & Ultimate Dream Life Abroad

Instagram: ultimatedreamlife

Short bio: Isabel Dréan began her artistic life as an actress in New York and Los Angeles. In 2001, in the midst of a trip around the world, she landed in Luang Prabang for a two-day stay and a series of events led her to open the first licensed bookshop of Laos. Her 10 years in Laos brought her to run multiple businesses: L’Étranger, Books & Tea Hive bar, Kopnoi Export Promotion Center. Since 2010, she is pursuing a filmmaking career. She now lives in Los Angeles with her two children.

How often do you fly? At least 4-5 times a year.

How many countries have you been to? Not sure, over 25. I usually go back to the ones I love.

How many continents have you been to? 4

Earliest travel memory: The first time I took a flight I was 15. I won a trip to Montreal from my small childhood hometown.

Favorite American city: It’s a tie between L.A. and New York.

Favorite international city: Prague.

Least favorite country: The one I haven’t been.

I have no desire to go to: North Korea.

Friendliest people in the world: Lao people.

Country with the meanest immigration officers: Hmmm…

Favorite World Heritage Site: Luang Prabang.

Favorite airline: Europeans.

Aisle or window: Window.

Favorite U.S. airport: LAX.

Favorite international airport: Heathrow.

Favorite hotel: Any with four or five stars.

Favorite island: Santorini.

Favorite National Park: Grand Canyon.

Favorite fruit: Passionfruit.

Favorite food: Laotian.

Least favorite food: Mayo.

Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): Mojito.

Favorite travel movie(s): The Wild.

Favorite travel show(s): Anything with Anthony Bourdain.

Favorite travel book(s): “Voyage D’une Parisienne à Lhassa.”

Right now I am reading: Tim Ferriss.

Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines/blogs: Travel + Leisure, National Geographic.

5 things you bring on a plane: Headset, my pillow, socks, sweater, chips.

What do you always seem to forget? Not to buy drinks before security checks.

What do you like least about travel? Security checks.

What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport Duty Free store? I wish they wouldn’t. I find them to be a waste of money.

Favorite travel app(s): Hopper.

Most embarrassing travel moment: Almost missing a flight in Rome (in crutches and not hearing the call because I was listening to loud music) and having to walk in while everyone stared at me.

I’m embarrassed I haven’t been to: Barcelona.

Worst travel moment: Getting food poisoning at a Rolling Stones concert in Vienna.

What’s your dream destination? India.

Best travel tip: Travel slow. Less places, more time.


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