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: Jarone Ashkenazi
Occupation: Assistant Project Manager, Construction at Equinox and Freelance Writer
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Residence: Los Angeles, CA
College: University of Southern California
College major: Communication
Short bio: Along with my 9-5 (actually more of a 7-4) on the construction team with Equinox building new gyms on the West Coast, I am a freelance contributing writer covering: travel, restaurants, bars, dating/relationships, and other lifestyle topics. My previous work has been published on numerous sites including: Fast Company, Just Luxe, Elite Daily, CBS LA, and Ask Men amongst others.
How often do you fly? 4-5 times per year.
How many countries have you been to? Three, not counting the US of course.
How many continents have you been to? 2
Earliest travel memory: Either going to Palm Springs with my three siblings and a friend, or on a Disney line cruise. The former was so hot outside, that we only went outside at night, and it was still 85+; while the latter I just remember eating, and then eating some more!
Favorite American city: Think I may be a tad biased, but LA all the way!
Favorite international city: So far it’s probably Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.
I have no desire to go to: This doesn’t apply to me whatsoever, want to step foot in as many places as possible.
Friendliest people in the world: In my experience, the Canadians in Vancouver.
Favorite World Heritage Site: Yosemite National Park.
Favorite airline: Delta.
Favorite aircraft type: Airbus A350.
Aisle or window: Has to be aisle, being 6’ just that little bit extra of leg room stretched in the aisle is a huge help.
Favorite hotel: Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui.
Favorite cruise line: Norwegian Cruise Line.
Favorite travel credit card: American Express Business Platinum.
Favorite island: Kauai.
Favorite beach: Santa Monica Beach.
Favorite National Park: Yosemite.
Favorite fancy restaurant: Twist by Pierre Gagnaire.
Favorite hole-in-the-wall: LA Vegan Thai.
Favorite bar: Bar Jackalope.
Favorite fruit: Avocado.
Favorite food: Anything vegan, have a tendency to go for some spice!
Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): Water or fresh-squeezed OJ.
Favorite travel movie(s): Into the Wild, Up, Eurotrip, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Up in the Air.
Favorite travel show(s): An Idiot Abroad, The Layover, Planet Earth, Parts Unknown.
Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines/blogs: Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic.
5 things you bring on a plane: Noise-cancelling headphones, neck pillow, snack (usually mixed nuts or dark chocolate fruit), water bottle, downloaded show/movie on Netflix.
What do you like least about travel? Time lost when crossing time zones.
Favorite travel app(s): Google Trips, Hopper, Google Translate.
Worst travel moment: Being stuck in LAX on a flight to SFO, was supposed to leave at 10:50, flight didn’t take off until close to 3!
What’s your dream destination? Would either be a safari and cultural tour in Africa or Eurotrip across the continent.
Best travel tip: Purchase early and plan later.
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