By Reuters Life!
Nancy Novogrod is the editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure magazine (www.travelandleisure.com). She lives in New York and travels extensively every year. She spoke to Reuters about managing her travel.
Q: How many flights a year do you estimate you take each year? Which is your most frequent route?
A: "I usually take around 30 flights a year, which includes one or two trips to London, L.A., and Italy (I'm figuring in vacation in the south of Italy, too), Hong Kong (as a jumping-off point for Southeast Asia and China), Delhi (with visits elsewhere in India), Latin America, and, recently, Dubai."
Q: What is the most important factor in choosing an airline?
A: "Easy connections and familiarity. I usually fly on the same U.S. airline, which has a good business-first section, good coverage of destinations, and a huge cluster of my frequent-flier miles.
Q: What was your worst travel experience?
A: "I have been very lucky (and I hope I'm not jinxing it now). Other than a couple of missed connections and canceled flights, some bumpy rides, and long lines, which I tune out on, I've never had a truly terrible experience. Even in the Himalayas, western Ukraine, and the high desert of Chile."
Q: How do you deal with jetlag? Any tricks for sleeping on flights?
A: "After having had some bad experiences with a particular well-known sleeping pill, I now use a prescription medication that's more of a relaxant. I take it right after take-off, and always order the executive meal or quick meal. One thing I never skip: the cocktail nuts, just in case I hate the rest of it. If I arrive in the morning, I try to exercise before my first appointment, to clear my head."
Q: What is essential in your bag on a work trip and any tips for packing?
A: "For overnight flights, I always pack a travel pillow, preferably one of the soft Nap ones from Brookstone, and a cashmere travel blanket and sweater, in my carry-on, along with small tubes of moisturizer and hand sanitizer and handcream, magazines, a Kindle loaded with novels, and my iPhone, BlackBerry and laptop. I try to remember to pack converter plugs, chargers, and my own bedroom slippers and eye mask, and to keep my clothing in one or two color schemes -- this is all usually in a bag I check-in, which for the most part, I haven't been able to avoid (I like to think this is because I bring my cross-trainers). I recently found some slim corduroy jeans that look great with heels and a dressy tunic or jacket for dinner or with boots and a turtleneck for weekends, but I also include skirts and dresses, as there are invariably lots of business meetings, lunches, and dinners, and sometimes spanning different climate zones."
Q: What is your major bugbear about traveling and what do you enjoy?
A: "My most significant problem is sleep. I can't leave my New York day-job at home, so I'm often working a 12- or 14-hour day, fielding emails, reading copy, and approving layouts. It's particularly difficult when I'm away during an issue close, which I try to avoid but can't if a particular event, such as the World Travel Market in London, takes place early in the month when we're closing."
(Editing by Belinda Goldsmith)
This story was posted on Fri, February 19, 2010
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