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.

Michael Symon at Dulles’ Bar Symon for Turkey in the Terminal event (Credit: J. David Beurk/Marketplace Development)
Michael Symon at Dulles’ Bar Symon for Turkey in the Terminal event (Credit: J. David Beurk/Marketplace Development)

Name: Michael Symon

Occupation: Chef

Hometown: Cleveland

Residence: Cleveland

College: Culinary Institute of America

College major: Culinary



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Instagram: chefsymon

Short bio: Owner of Lola, Lolita, BSpot, Bar Symon, Roast, Symons Burger Joint, Mabel’s

How often do you fly? Weekly.

How many countries have you been to? 20ish.

How many continents have you been to? Most.

Favorite American city: Los Angeles.

Favorite international city: Santorini.

Least favorite country: Love them all.

Friendliest people in the world: Cleveland.

Country with the meanest immigration officers: If you’re nice they are nice…that’s how life works.

Favorite airline: Lufthansa.

Favorite aircraft type: Big.

Aisle or window: Aisle.

Favorite travel credit card: Amex.

Favorite island: Santorini.

Favorite beach: Mykonos.

Favorite fruit: Watermelon.

Favorite food: Pork.

Least favorite food: Raspberries.

Right now I am reading: Keith Richards’ biography.

Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines/blogs: Food and Wine, Saveur, Architectural Digest.

5 things you bring on a plane: Toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, head phones, fresh socks.

What do you always seem to forget? Q-tips.

What do you like least about travel? Lack of space.

I’m embarrassed but I haven’t been to: China.

Worst travel moment: Two-day layover in Cincinnati due to blizzard…I live in Cleveland and couldn’t drive or fly…total shutdown.

Best travel tip: Carry on your toothbrush and toothpaste.

Johnny Jet

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