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.

Jill Robinson

Name:   Jill Robinson

Occupation:   Freelance journalist

Hometown:   I grew up in Concord, California

Residence:   I live in an unincorporated surf town near Half Moon Bay, California

Website: Dangerjillrobinson.com

Twitter: @dangerjr

Facebook: Facebook.com/dangerjillrobinson

Short Bio: Jill Robinson divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day. Her articles have been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Journey, World Hum, Frommer’s, Lonely Planet, AOL Travel, Communities at Washington Times, Travel Guide to California (2011, 2012), B magazine, Practical Travel Gear, Tonic, Uptake and TravelMuse. She’s also a travel expert and contributor for Jetsetter and Fortnighter. Jill was recently named as one of Athleta’s sponsored athletes of 2012. Even when traveling, she can always be found online at Danger Jill Robinson.

How often do you fly:  It varies, but averages around five flights per month

How many countries have you been to:  I hate counting countries and passport stamps. Let’s say more than 30.

How many continents have you been to:  Four

Favorite American city:  Tie between San Francisco and New Orleans

Favorite international city:  Havana

Least favorite country:  I haven’t found a least favorite yet

Favorite World Heritage Site: Manu National Park in Peru knocked my socks off. I’d go back in a heartbeat.

Favorite airline:  I absolutely love Air New Zealand, but I fly most of the time on United (and get upgraded a fair amount of the time)

Favorite aircraft type:  I don’t care, as long as I’m comfortable during the flight and it lands without mishap

Aisle or window:  Aisle. I may get hit by the drink cart once in a while, but at least I don’t have to climb over people when I’m tired of sitting

Favorite airport lounge:  Frankfurt’s Lufthansa first class terminal

Favorite U.S. airport:  San Francisco (SFO) because it’s my home turf and I know where everything is

Favorite international airport:  Amsterdam’s Schiphol (AMS)

Favorite hotel:  I hated leaving the Jicaro Island Ecolodge in Lake Nicaragua

Favorite cruise line:  I may be the only person I know who has never taken a cruise

Favorite island:  I have a big place in my heart for my second home, Guanaja (Honduras), where I have property. I couldn’t think up a fiction story better than the things that happen there.

Favorite fancy restaurant:  Restaurant August in New Orleans

Favorite hole in the wall:  I always love breakfasts at La Peniche in New Orleans’ Marigny neighborhood

Favorite fruit:  Pineapple, cherries

Favorite food:  Bread and cheese are my favorite food groups

Least favorite food:  Not a fan of liver, brains, tripe, etc.

Favorite travel movie(s): Lawrence of Arabia, Roman Holiday, Out of Africa, The Endless Summer

Favorite travel show(s): I enjoy the snark on No Reservations

Favorite travel book(s): Travels With Charley, The Snow Leopard, Video Night in Kathmandu, and pretty much everything Tim Cahill writes

Five things you bring on a plane:  Laptop, iPhone, noise-cancelling headphones, something to read, camera

What do you always seem to forget:  Socks, to keep my feet warm on the airplane

Favorite travel iPhone app(s):  GateGuru, TripIt, Skype

Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: Having a gun pointed at me by a coked-up guy who said he wanted to shoot the puppy I was holding. I yelled at him and he finally walked away. Not a brilliant move on my part, but at least it worked. I hope my mom isn’t reading this.

What’s your dream destination:  Right now, it’s India

Favorite travel website(s) – besides JohnnyJet.com, of course!:   Gadling, World Hum

Best travel tip: To paraphrase Mary Oliver, “Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”


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