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.
Name: Randy Greencorn
Occupation: Online Travel Publisher
Hometown: Victoria, Canada
Residence: Victoria, Canada
College: University of Victoria
College major: Business (Entrepreneurship) and Software Engineering
Google+: Hotel Deals Revealed
YouTube: A few years back, I published some embarrassing videos that went viral…all in good fun. But they’ve been off the radar for a few years and I’d like to keep it that way.
Short bio: Randy Greencorn is a travel enthusiast focusing on building new web tools designed to help travelers make smarter purchasing decisions.
How often do you fly? Not as often as I would like. I fly around 5 or 6 times a year.
How many countries have you been to? 22
How many continents have you been to? 3
Earliest travel memory: I was in my early teens. I worked with my neighbourhood community center all year to raise money for a road trip to Disneyland. Nine teens and 2 adults packed up in a passenger van and made the 30-hour drive from Canada to Anaheim.
Favorite American city: It’s a tie between Las Vegas and Miami.
Favorite international city: Paris.
Least favorite country: Canada. Although I’ve lived in Canada all my life and am a proud Canadian, I like to mix it up when I travel and visit places a little more exotic.
Friendliest people in the world: Thailand.
Country with the meanest immigration officers: New Zealand.
Favorite World Heritage Site: Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, China.
Favorite airline: Alaska. They are not rated highly but they have an awesome reward credit card that works well for my family size and my usual destinations.
Aisle or window: That depends on the duration of the flight. Anything over 2 hours and I prefer an aisle.
Favorite airport lounge: Red Carpet Club at SFO.
Favorite U.S. airport: LAS.
Favorite international airport: AMS.
Favorite hotel: Welk Resort Sirena Del Mar in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Favorite cruise line: I was married on a Celebrity Cruise, so I’d have to go with Celebrity.
Favorite travel credit card: Alaska Airlines MBNA MasterCard.
Favorite island: Oahu.
Favorite beach: South Beach, Florida.
Favorite fancy restaurant: La Fondue, Saratoga, CA.
Favorite hole-in-the-wall: Big Bad John’s, Victoria, BC.
Favorite bar: Lounge at the top of the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco.
Favorite fruit: Passionfruit.
Favorite food: Indian.
Least favorite food: Seafood.
Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): Caesar, extra spicy.
Favorite travel movie(s): Midnight in Paris.
Favorite travel show(s): Dexter. Although it is not technically a travel show, the sun drenched beaches of Miami inspire me to want to travel…
Favorite travel book(s): “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer.
Right now I am reading: I plan to read “Honeymoon in Purdah” as soon as my wife is finished with it.
Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines/blogs: Travel & Leisure Magazine, Elliott.org, and CanadianKilometers.
Favorite travel website(s)—besides JohnnyJet.com, of course! TripAdvisor is probably my favorite. It is packed with so much information.
5 things you bring on a plane: iPad, ear plugs, a book, hand sanitizer, and my business cards.
What do you always seem to forget? Toothpaste.
What do you like least about travel? Bringing checked backs with me on a trip. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination and being held captive while waiting for your bag to arrive on the carrousel.
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport Duty Free store? Anything but knickknacks.
Favorite travel app(s): Google Earth.
Most embarrassing travel moment: Back in 2008, my family and I showed up at our hotel in Mexico only to be informed that they couldn’t find our reservation. I insisted that I had a reservation and even produced a printed copy of my confirmation. After about 30 minutes, I started to get angry and insisted on speaking to a manager. He quickly discovered the problem: we had mistakenly made our reservation a year out and our reservation was not until 2009. As he put it, we showed up a year early.
Worst travel moment: Two days before a trip to Hawaii, I discovered that my daughters’ passports had expired and we would not be able to fly into the US. Fortunately, Canadian minors can still get into the US by sea without a passport. It cost us an extra $600 in change fees, but we took a ferry to Seattle and then flew to Honolulu. A minor setback. We arrived at our destination on time and had a wonderful holiday.
What’s your dream destination? I would love to stay at one of those overwater bungalows in the Maldives.
Favorite travel charity: Help Fill A Dream Foundation.
Best travel tip: After many years of unpacking stuff that I never used on my trips, I’ve learned to pack lightly. Taking an over-stuffed suitcase on a trip is a hassle, time consuming and expensive.
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