I’ve long been a fan of Samantha Brown’s so it was my great honor to sit down and chat with her about all things travel. Check out the video below or listen to it on Johnny Jet’s Travel Podcast for our whole conversation. See below for her abbreviated answers and please subscribe to my YouTube Channel!
Short bio: Samantha Brown, is an American television host, notable for her work as the host of several Travel Channel shows including Girl Meets Hawaii, Great Vacation Homes, Great Hotels, Passport to Europe, Passport to Latin America, Great Weekends, Green Getaways, Passport to China, and Samantha Brown’s Asia. She’s now in her fourth season of PBS’ Samantha Brown’s Places to Love.
Famous Quote: “This summer, I’m only going to buy watermelon with seeds so my kids have something to do.”
Hometown: Born in Dallas, TX but grew up in New Hampshire
College: Syracuse University
College major: Fine Arts
How are you doing with quarantine? See video
When or what will it take to get you to fly again? When there is a vaccine
How many countries have you been to? 73
How many continents have you been to? 6
Earliest travel memory: Road tripping to Pennsylvania in a Pontiac station wagon and baloney sandwiches
Favorite American city: Santa Fe
Favorite international city: Auckland, New Zealand
Friendliest people in the world: New Zealand and Ireland
Country with the meanest immigration officers: Had a bad experience once on the island of Nevis
Drink of choice (in the air and on the ground): White wine
Do you always get upgraded?: Usually, when I fly Delta because I’m a million miler
Favorite airport lounge: Any lounge in Asia
Favorite travel credit card: Delta American Express Platinum & Chase Sapphire Card EDITOR’S NOTE: (Read our American Express vs Delta Cards review here) & (Read our Chase Sapphire Reserve review review here)
Favorite restaurant in NYC: Al di la Trattoria in Brooklyn
Craziest thing you’ve eaten: A fish’s eyeball in Singapore
Favorite hotel: So many but I love Shutters on The Beach. Also the Library Hotel in NYC.
Best hotel view: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Favorite travel movie: Hotel Budpest, Room With A View, James Bond Movies,
Favorite travel show: Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi and Salt Fat Acid Heat
Favorite travel books: Love the author Jan Morris
Worst travel moment: Having our van broken into and stealing camera gear and luggage
Most embarrassing travel moment: When I was dating my husband and my side pocket of my luggage broke open and my pink underwear was hanging out.
What’s the most important thing travel has taught you: See video
Best travel tip: See video
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