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.

Kara Williams
Kara Williams

Name: Kara Williams

Occupation: Freelance Writer & Travel Blogger

Hometown: Manchester, NH

Residence: Carbondale, CO

Websites: The Vacation Gals,  Kara Williams


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Short Bio: As a freelance writer and travel blogger, I cover family vacation destinations, ski resorts, spas and outdoor adventure for magazines, newspapers and websites. I live in the Colorado Rockies with my husband and two school-age kids.

How often do you fly: At least monthly

How many countries have you been to: 21

How many continents have you been to: 3

Favorite American city: Boston

Favorite international city: Paris

Aisle or window: Aisle

Favorite U.S. airport: DEN, probably because I know it so well

Favorite hotel: The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs

Favorite island: Manhattan

Favorite fancy restaurant: The Penrose Room at The Broadmoor

Favorite fruit: Grapes

Favorite food: Pasta

Least favorite food: Olives

Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground): Red wine

Favorite travel movie(s): Most recently, The Descendants

Right now I am reading: Jodi Picoult’s Lone Wolf

Five things you bring on a plane: Phone, earplugs, book, energy bar, water bottle

What do you always seem to forget: Razor!

Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: Too many to count, but I’ll try: 1) When my son puked in The Broadmoor’s 5-star pool 2) When my husband set off the smoke alarm at Beaver Creek’s Westin Riverfront 3) When I dropped and broke a bottle of red nail polish on the slate floor of the bathroom at Beaver Creek’s Osprey hotel 4) When my family of four had to sleep overnight on the floor of Denver International Airport.

What’s your dream destination: Overwater bungalow in the South Pacific with my husband.

Favorite travel website(s) – besides JohnnyJet.com, of course!: TripAdvisor and Yelp; I don’t book a hotel or a restaurant reservation without reading firsthand reviews.

Best travel tip: Consider a vacation rental (check out HomeAway and VRBO) over a standard hotel room, especially when traveling with kids – or extended family or multiple couples. Having a full kitchen for storing snacks, drinks, picnic ingredients and breakfast foods can certainly help you save money over eating out three meals a day on a week’s vacation.

Johnny Jet

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