Travel Style: Jon Turk

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.
Jon Turk

Name: Jon Turk

Occupation:  Writer, Public Speaker

Hometown:  Darby, MT

Residence:  Montana

Website: www.jonturk.net

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Short Bio:  Jon Turk received his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1971, but switched to extreme adventures. Jon’s two-year kayak passage across the North Pacific Rim was named by Paddler Magazine as one of the ten greatest sea kayaking expeditions of all times.  His circumnavigation of Ellesmere with Erik Boomer was nominated by National Geographic as one of the top ten adventures of 2011 and awarded “Expedition of the Year” by Canoe and Kayak Magazine.  Jon won First Prize in Print Journalism from the Northern Lights Award in 2013.

Jon chronicles his journeys and mental and spiritual passages in a trilogy of three books Cold Oceans, In The Wake of the Jomon, and most recently, The Raven’s Gift.  He is a storyteller in a modern dance troupe and speaks frequently about environmental, adventure, and motivational topics.

How often do you fly: More than I want to.  I prefer to go to a place and stay a while rather than zoom back and forth.

How many countries have you been to: Probably 25, give or take a few.

How many continents have you been to: Four

Favorite American city: Darby, Montana

Favorite international city: Fernie, BC, Canada

Least favorite country: I don’t have a “least favorite” anything.

Favorite airline: Thai Airways

Favorite aircraft type: 747

Aisle or window: Aisle (so it is easy to get up and pee)

Favorite airport lounge: I’m not fancy enough to get into any airport lounges.

Favorite U.S. airport: They are all the same to me.

Favorite international airport: I like the small, decrepit, unheated, leaky roofed airports in remote parts of Siberia.  No pretense.

Favorite hotel: Even the worst hotel is so much more comfortable than a bivouac without a tent or sleeping bag, in a blizzard, that I am unimpressed by the number and size of pillows.

Do you unpack into the dresser/closet? Or live out of your suitcase?  All of the above, except that sometimes I live out of my pick-up truck.

Favorite cruise line: Ha ha!  I go to sea in my kayak.

Favorite fancy restaurant: I don’t have the money, or the inclination to do the fancy restaurant thing.

Favorite hole in the wall: The Sawmill Bar in Darby, Montana

Favorite food: Muktuk

Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground) Water

Favorite travel book(s):  The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival by John Vaillant

Right now I am reading: Apocalyptic Planet by Craig Childs

Five things you bring on a plane: My nook, bag of gorp, sunglasses, pad of paper, pen

What do you always seem to forget: Earplugs

What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store?  Nothing

Favorite travel iPhone app(s): I don’t have an iPhone

Worst travel moment: When I got held up at gunpoint in Bolivia.

What’s your dream destination: It’s about the story, not the destination. 

Best travel tip:  Unusual Travel Suggestions are Dancing Lessons from God (Kurt Vonnegut)

Johnny Jet

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Johnny Jet

I used to be afraid to fly and at times even leave the house! I conquered my fear (long story) and now I travel to 20+ countries a year sharing my firsthand knowledge, tips and deals with friends, family and readers. Please sign up to our free newsletters and tell your friends!

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