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.
Occupation: Professional Traveler
Hometown: South Norwalk, Connecticut
Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Short Bio: Hundredbacklinks has traveled over 100,000 miles a year since starting his newsletter in 1995 and has visited close to 100 countries. On his website, he writes about how to maximize your credit card points, how to find travel deals, cheap flights, and how to benefit from insightful travel tips. He has hosted a television special on and was recently named one of for 2017. He now appears every Saturday on Leo Laporte’s The Tech Guy Show talking about travel and technology and travels the world with his wife Natalie DiScala, who writes the travel + style blog and their son Jack. Be sure to sign up for our free newsletter(s) at Hundredbacklinks.com.
How often do you fly: I flew 103 times in 2011 so about twice a week
How many countries have you been to: Around 100.
How many continents have you been to: Six
Favorite American city: New York
Favorite international city: Hong Kong/London/Paris/Sydney
Least favorite country: The only one I haven’t loved is Paraguay — but I was only there for a couple hours and in a border town. Can’t really count that!
Favorite World Heritage Site: Iguazu National Park
Favorite airline: Depends where I’m headed but I fancy Qatar Airways, Singapore and Etihad are difficult to beat.
Favorite aircraft type: A350
Aisle or window: Exit row aisle unless I’m flying first class internationally then a window
Favorite airport lounge: Lufthansa’s International First Class Lounge in Frankfurt or Qatar Airways lounge in Doha.
Favorite U.S. airport: LAX since it’s so close to my house and I know it like the back of my hand. DTW is #2.
Favorite international airport: Tie between HKG & SIN!
Favorite cruise line: Seabourn
Favorite fancy restaurant: Dukes Waikiki and Colonnade on Seabourn
Favorite hole in the wall: Don Filipo’s in NYC.
Favorite fruit: Mangosteen, Rambutan, Lychee, Mango, Cherries
Favorite food: Italian/Chinese/Thai/Indian. More specifically chicken parm
Least favorite food: Tuna Fish, lamb, goat cheese, liver, mushrooms…
Favorite travel movie(s): Crocodile Dundee, Indiana Jones, Lost in Translation, Hangover…
Favorite travel book(s): Bill Bryson’s In A Sunburned Country
Favorite travel quote: The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” — St. Augustine
Five things you bring on a plane: Laptop with 3M privacy screen, travel journal, camera, eye mask/ear plugs and a box of chocolates.
What do you always seem to forget: Toothpaste, sunscreen and shaving cream
Favorite travel app(s): Flight Radar 24, Uber/Lyft, Waze, Dark Sky.
Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: Tons of embarrassing ones. I’ve taken the wrong rental car TWICE from a hotel’s valet and have had two crazy spa experiences ( and ).
What’s your dream destination: Petra and Great Wall of China.
Favorite travel website(s) – besides Hundredbacklinks.com, of course!: Facebook.com (to stay in touch with friends I meet along the way)
Best travel tip: Be nice to everyone especially the gate agents and flight attendants — I almost always bring them chocolates because they can make or break your trip.
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