Over the past year, we’ve spoken to several travel veterans—you know, the people who casually fly over 200,000 miles in a year—and gathered their best tips and hacks that keep them sane on-the-go. We covered everything from how to streamline your packing (which may or may not involve a bathtub) to successfully scoring the quietest room in the hotel. Here, travel tidbits from experts who collectively logged more than 71,298,788 (air, sea, andspace) miles in the last year.
What to wear on your next flight
“My in-flight uniform is tight black drop-crotch sweats with a gray T-shirt; a gray denim Western-style shirt with pearl snaps; and a dark-gray zipper hoodie with leather elbow patches.”–Charles Renfro, partner at New York-based design studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro (200,000 miles logged)
How to find the best café (and coffee)
“You’ll know a good café by the crowd. The more packed a café is, the better the coffee. However, the best coffee is in Naples, and they say it’s because of the water. When I lived in London, I made my own, but it wasn’t right, so I brought back water from Naples, and only then was I able to make it.”–Luca Virgilio, general manager of Rome’s Hotel Eden (57,788 miles logged)
Take the hassle out of packing
“No matter how much I travel, I have to ‘stage’ stuff when I pack. We have a large bathtub at home, and I put my luggage, my shaving kit, anything I need in there to make sure it’s ready to go.”–Ricky Arnold, astronaut (estimated 70 million miles logged)
Read the full story on Arnold and fellow astronaut Drew Feustel here.
Don’t overlook the minibar
“You should always judge a hotel by its minibar. I love when they go big on local candies and stuff besides booze. In Melbourne, I stayed at The Cullen, which has a focus on art, and they had canvases, a paint set, and brushes, which I brought home for my kids.”–James Lohan, co-founder of hotel booking site Mr & Mrs Smith (130,000 miles logged)
Save showering for the hotel
“One thing I’ll never do again is shower in an airport lounge. It just doesn’t feel right—and I don’t want to trip over my suitcase trying to put myself together.”–Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises (207,000 miles logged)
You can always ask for the quiet room
“At the hotel, I’ll always request the quietest room, far from the housekeeping station, the ice machine, and the elevator. When I’m traveling on business, I don’t even care about the view.”–Jean-Michel Gathy, architect and principal designer, Denniston (504,000 miles logged)
“The best spot on a cruise ship is sitting on the balcony, relaxing with a decaf mocha, watching the ocean go by.”–Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation (200,000 miles logged)
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