Traveling consultant, 13 years a top tier frequent flier. Lifetime Marriott Titanium.
This has garnered me a large continuing supply of points and exclusive treatment around the world. I am the grand nephew of John Clouse - Former worlds most traveled man, and I guess it's just in my blood. Admittedly a lot of my experiences are pretty far off the charts to what many people might experience. I do rather enjoy the high end treatment, but it doesn't mean I am a snob. Far from it.
I have stayed over 1800 nights in hotels around the world, over 130 properties, many countries, 1400? flights. Maybe more... that one I lose count of. Given that, I tend to stick to Oneworld Flights and Marriott Properties, and for a brief while Hilton when I was a Diamond with them. You will notice my trips skewed in that fashion. I do have a particular affinity for JW Marriott's. I find them the best value for the dollars spent overall.
I also, besides traveling, love buffalo wings and a nice elegant place to have a quality cocktail. Meeting and having a drink with friends around the world I have met is one of the best things one can experience.
My Travel Gear:
- Macbook Pro 15" 2012 - 1tb ssd, 16gb ram, various replacement batteries. Truly a work horse that I hope to upgrade someday...
- Bose QC30's On the ear noise canceling headphones. Had them for over a decade. They are not the newest, nor the bestest, but they do a great job.
- My Travel Bag! Connections are unavoidable and I take Multi-day flights to get to places, this bag, has all my needed items to be presentable and refreshed on those 45 hour flights to Asia with toothpaste, moisturizers, etc.
- My Victorinox Werks Traveler 5.0 22" Two-Wheel Carry-On. I am not a fan of spinners, and this gives me 2 more inches of storage space inside. It's stupidly rugged, holds easily 5 days of clothes. Fits in any USA overhead and all International big boys (777, 767, A330, A350) overheads. As I change planes and hit the showers in the airline lounges, everything I need is in here. I would be dead without this.
- My International currency. As you can see I have a lot of different currencies onhand. Never go without some local cash in had for a cab, train, etc. Invaluable for convenience.
- Ear Plugs - Macs. Period. They are soft, stay soft, and expand in your ear quite awesomely to block out all the noise.
- Advil PM. 8 hours before landing, I pop one, only one. It kicks in and I am out until about 1 hour before landing. Critical for time-readustments.
- My Neck Pillow - Cozy Hut Easy to Carry Memory Foam Travel Neck and Cervical Pillow, I only use it for my neck... Not always able to get First or Business class internationally at $10k each way fares! This makes Premium Economy tolerable.
I hope you enjoy my travel blogs/posts at least a portion of the amount I did experiencing them.