Travel Style: Paul Theroux

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.

Paul Theroux Author PhotoName: Paul Theroux

Occupation: Writer

Hometown: Medford, MA

Residence: Cape Cod (summer), Hawaii (the rest of the year)

Website: PaulTheroux.com [not done by me but by readers of my books]

Short Bio: Born just outside Boston. Happy childhood. Eagle Scout. UMass grad. Peace Corps 1963-65 in Malawi Central Africa, then Uganda, Singapore, Britain – got married on the way, two children. Began publishing journalism in 1964, first novel 1967, and have published a book (novel, travel, collection of essays or stories) almost every year since then. Moved back to the US in 1990, remarried in 1995, kept on traveling and writing.

How often do you fly: About six times a year

How many countries have you been to: Many

How many continents have you been to: All except Antarctica

Favorite American city: Rockland, Maine

Favorite international city: Palermo, Italy

Least favorite country: The unpromising, unfavored, even hostile countries are the greatest destinations for the traveling writer.

Favorite World Heritage Site: Angkor

Last Train to Zona Verde JacketFavorite airline: Emirates

Favorite aircraft type: Don’t know

Aisle or window: Don’t care

Favorite airport lounge: Don’t know

Favorite U.S. airport: None

Favorite international airport: None

Favorite hotel: Dean’s Hotel, Peshawar, Pakistan in 1973

Favorite cruise line: Seabourn

Favorite island: Calf Island, Maine

Favorite fancy restaurant: The restaurant at The Heathman Hotel, Portland OR

Favorite hole in the wall: The Slipway, at the harbor of Thomaston, Maine

Favorite fruit: Mango

Favorite food: Chinese tea-smoked duck

Least favorite food: Cow’s tendon

Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground: Portuguese Vinho Verde

Favorite travel book(s): See the 200 or so travel books I write about with enthusiasm in my anthology, The Tao of Travel (Mariner paperback)

Right now I am reading: Vol 2 of Brian Boyd’s biography of Vladimir Nabokov

Five things you bring on a plane: Three books, one notebook, a pen

What do you always seem to forget: Batteries

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

Favorite travel iPhone app(s): Hi-Tide – gives the tides and times

Most embarrassing travel moment: In 1976, I arrived in Japan from London without a visa, and was forced to wait for a day and a half at the airport (with jet-lag) while the Japanese officials faffed around with my passport to teach me a lesson

Worst travel moment: Being threatened with death by three spear carrying Trobriand Islanders

What’s your dream destination: Home

Favorite travel charity: Doctors without Borders

Best travel tip: Take nothing for granted

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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