Travel Style: Matt Long

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.

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Name: Matt Long

Occupation: Travel blogger

Hometown: Washington, DC

Website: LandLopers.com

Twitter: @LandLopers

Facebook: LandLopers

Pinterest: LandLopers

Short Bio: A luxury adventure traveler at heart, Matt Long shares his experiences with thousands of readers every day through his highly successful travel blog, LandLopers.com. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer. Matt is a Washington, DC based travel writer/photographer and has been featured on many other web sites and publications including BBC Travel, CNN GO, Huffington Post and National Geographic Intelligent Travel.

How often do you fly: A lot

How many countries have you been to: 60+ and counting

How many continents have you been to: I just got back from Antarctica, so 7!

Favorite American city: Seattle

Favorite international city: No question, Paris

Least favorite country: Jamaica and I also really don’t like Athens, but the rest of Greece is lovely.

Favorite World Heritage Site: Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

Favorite airline: Singapore Airlines or Emirates

Favorite aircraft type: 777-300ER

Aisle or window: Aisle, always aisle. I’m tall and depend on it

Favorite airport lounge: Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Clubhouse, London Heathrow

Favorite U.S. airport: Hometown favorite, DCA

Favorite international airport: Koh Samui, Thailand or any other open-air airport

Favorite hotel: I’m a Marriott guy but my favorite individual property is the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele. Ritz Carlton Tokyo is nice too.

Favorite cruise line: Celebrity, although I think I’d love Seabourn if I sailed them and Paul Gauguin Cruise Line is a dream trip

Favorite island: Lanai

Favorite fancy restaurant: El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain

Favorite hole in the wall: Any pizza place in NYC

Favorite fruit: Banana

Favorite food: Lasagna

Least favorite food: Fish

Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground) Diet Coke

Favorite travel movie(s): The Terminal

Favorite travel show(s): No Reservations

Favorite travel book(s): Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz

Right now I am reading: Empires of Light by Jill Jonnes

Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines: AFAR, National Geographic Explorer, and Travel & Leisure

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

1. Nat Geo’s Where’s Andrew

2. unbrave girl

3. Lee Abbamonte

Five things you bring on a plane: Eyemask, earplugs, disposable toothbrush, hand lotion and my iPad.

What do you always seem to forget: Stuff in case I get sick

What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty free store? Chocolate!

Favorite travel iPhone app(s): TripIt, it’s been an absolute life-saver.

Worst travel moment: Having my identity stolen, along with all the money in my bank account, while traveling through the Middle East. What a nightmare!

What’s your dream destination? South Pacific – French Polynesia. I’ve wanted to go since I was a kid and I still haven’t been.

Favorite travel charity: Passports with Purpose

Best travel tip: Use local ATMs for the best exchange rates.

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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