I met the fun, travel junkie, and awesome freelance writer Aly Walansky when I first started blogging. Here we are 8 years later and she is just as awesome as ever. I live for her travel and beauty stories. She’s a girl after my own travel, beauty, and food heart. Aly so graciously answered my questions for How I Carry-On? Her second home is an airplane.
Thank you Aly for showing me how you carry-on!
Job: Freelance writer
Why do you travel? Job? Personal or both? Hardly ever for personal! Seriously, I accrue tons of miles that I hardly get to use. Work, almost exclusively.
What is your preferred method of travel – plane, train or automobile? Plane! I mean, car if it’s just a few hours away (so silly to take a plane, say, from NYC to Boston when you spend more time sitting in an airport terminal than you would on an Acela.
Land, sea or both? Depends – I’m not a huge beach girl, and I don’t love cruising, generally, either. But I do love to know I am near beautiful water and tropical weather!
Favorite airport? I really fell in love with Hong Kong’s airport. More locally, Nashville and Austin both have great airports that really reflect the energy and spirit of their community.
Lease favorite airport? Sao Paolo. Terribly organized, slow moving, horrible food options.
Favorite terminal for food, shopping, etc.? I don’t shop much in airports (I know, I know) – but this goes to Nashville, again, just for food!
To check or not to check? If I can check a bag for free, I’m into it. Otherwise, it gets pricey fast.
Favorite travel bag and luggage? A pink hard shell Samsonite. My friends call it my Barbie bag!
Favorite airline? I fly Delta most often because I have status – but given the choice, otherwise, Virgin. Also love Hawaiian Airlines!
Least favorite airline? United. Ugh.
Loyalty? Airline & hotel? Delta, because upgrades make everything more awesome.
Window or aisle? Aisle. I get up a lot!
Favorite hotel? This one is hard. There’s so many I’ve loved for so many reasons! Right now I’m at Vdara in Las Vegas and it’s kind of a piece of amazing. Also a big Delano fan.
Favorite food when traveling? I always pack fiber one bars for the plane – airport food is usually so sad!
Libation of choice on the road? As much water as possible when flying!
Travel outfit? Looks oddly like my yoga outfit!
Travel gadgets? Camera? My iPhone, and a selection of travel charger!
iPhone, Android, or Windows? iPhone.
Currently reading? Sadly, I hardly ever have time to read – but when I do, it’s usually mindless romance novels.
Favorite travel apps? TripIt Pro.
How do you stay healthy on the road? Moderation – and try to move around as much as you can. It sort of helps counteract those cocktails and indulgences.
Favorite travel beauty/grooming products? I live for Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard – especially if you are spending lots of time eating outdoors!
Most memorial travel experience? I went to Israel about a year ago. It’d not the first time I’ve gone – I did Birthright Israel in college – but going as an adult, one with “life experience” – made it incredibly unique. I’m not a very spiritual girl, generally, but walking around the old city of Jerusalem, you can’t help but feel a bigger presence. It felt like I was walking through a live action history book. Also, the FOOD. I still dream of the falafels off the carts in the open market.
Worst travel experience? I’ve had some crazy travel dramas – I’m still haunted by the time I fainted right over barracuda infested waters in Riviera Maya. My friend – who is maybe 100 pounds – caught me. Crisis averted, but I’ll never forget that trip!
Travel advice? Do your research – whether you are on your on with a set agenda, or on an itinerary, you are going to have so much more fun if you check out the little-known spots for food, shopping, exploring. Whenever I’m hitting a new destination, I do a call out on Twitter or Facebook for tips – I usually find some great ones!