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: Jennifer Dombrowski
Occupation: Innovation Manager at Grand Canyon University and Co-founder of Jdomb’s Travels
Born and Raised: Erie, PA
Residence: Prata di Pordenone, Italy
Website: Jdomb’s Travels
Facebook: Jdomb’s Travels
Pinterest: Jdomb’s Travels
Short Bio: Jennifer and her husband, Tim, have been to 30 countries on 3 continents together, many of those countries within the three years they’ve been living in Italy. Tim is in the US Air Force and over their time in Italy, they’ve become experts on how to make the most of an overseas military assignment.
Their trips have inspired them to encourage others to travel around the globe and see this awesome planet of ours! Jennifer now hosts a travel lunch and learn program called Jaunts with Jdomb’s Travels in their local community where military and their spouses can come out to learn about how and where to travel. And they regularly help their readers research, read, share, and plan their own amazing adventures in Europe and beyond.
How often do you fly: About 10 times per year. We road trip a lot since it is so easy to get around Europe by car.
How many countries have you been to: 33. I’ll be adding three more as we set off on a road trip through Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, and Bosnia in just a few days!
How many continents have you been to: 3 – North America, Europe, and Asia
Favorite American city: New York City
Favorite international city: Budapest really stands out as our favorite European city.
Least favorite country: There’s not been a country yet that we haven’t wanted to come back to and explore some more.
Favorite World Heritage Site: Petra in Jordan, which recently celebrated 200 years of its rediscovery.
Favorite airline: I don’t have a favorite, but I really like flying with Icelandair and British Airways.
Favorite aircraft type: Does a hot air balloon count? We were married in one, though we’ve never actually had a flight. But that is a story for another time!
Aisle or window: Window
Favorite U.S. airport: ORD. Who doesn’t love a dinosaur right in the airport?
Favorite international airport: Terminal 5 at LHR
Favorite hotel: We’ve always had good experiences at Radissons.
Favorite island: Sint Maarten
Favorite fancy restaurant: Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s in London
Favorite hole in the wall: There’s a pub near our house that is a total little hole in the wall and serves the best burgers we’ve found in Italy. It’s called Nicholson’s in Pasiano di Pordenone, Italy.
Favorite fruit: Strawberries
Favorite food: Lobster
Least favorite food: Sweet potatoes
Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground) Water, please! It’s especially important to stay hydrated when flying.
Favorite travel movie(s): Indiana Jones series
Favorite travel book(s): I just read The Venice Experiment and it was really fun to read about places I know so well!
Right now I am reading: Jaws
Five things you bring on a plane: Water, camera, pashmina, snacks, and a toothbrush for international flights.
What do you always seem to forget: Traveling around Europe especially, hotels often don’t have washcloths. I always seem to forget to pack cleansing towelettes to remove my make-up.
Favorite travel iPhone app(s): Tripit
Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: Oh, there was this one time I got on the wrong plane and didn’t know it until the pilot announced we were headed to South Bend, Indiana instead of Erie, Pennsylvania. I was mortified when I had to press my call button and let the flight attendant know I wasn’t supposed to be on the plane. Even worse, it was a small 16-seater so everyone on the flight knew!
What’s your dream destination: Maldives
Favorite travel charity: Passports with a Purpose
Favorite travel website(s) – besides JohnnyJet.com, of course!: National Geographic. I love looking at the pictures, especially the remote places on our planet, and getting ideas of where we might like to go.
Best travel tip: There’s always an excuse not to go, but why wait? Your dream destination might not be in your budget right now, but somewhere is. The world is a big place and you’ve got to start somewhere!
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