This week’s NileGuide 5 interview features travel blogger and JohnnyJet.com founder Johnny Jet. Designed to point travelers to everything the web has to offer, JohnnyJet.com offers travel deals, stories, tips, advice and more. Readers can follow Johnny, traveling over 150,000 miles and to 20+ countries each year, on Twitter at @JohnnyJet.
1. What’s the most underrated destination you’ve been to?
The Cook Islands and Abu Dhabi. I bet if you asked 10 Americans where either one of these places are located, nine of them would have no clue. The Cooks are similar to French Polynesia but it’s a lot cheaper and minus the French attitude. Abu Dhabi is definitely going to be on everyone’s radar in the next few years since they have so much money (unlike Dubai) and are rolling out cultural projects like the 27 billion (U.S. Dollar) Saadiyat Island that will have a Guggenheim and Louvre museum. Abu Dhabi also has one of the world’s best airlines (Etihad) which is starting to gain attention among American business travelers.
2. How do you kill time when you’re stuck on a bus or plane?
I work on my laptop which makes the ride “fly by” especially if there’s Wi-Fi available. After my first battery dies I will chat it up with the flight attendants and/or seatmates. I also bring a bunch of travel magazines just in case no one is feeling social.
3. What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen or experienced traveling?
I was cured of severe asthma by a Chinese doctor in Malaysia. Does that count? Here’s the story.
4. What’s the first thing you do when you arrive at a new destination?
Hit the ATM and get some local currency. Once in my hotel room I wipe down all the knobs, switches, remotes… with an antibacterial towel. It’s scary to think who was occupying the room before you. Then I change into my sneakers and go for a long walk around the neighborhood or resort to get some fresh air.
5. If you could give one tip or piece of advice to travelers, what would it be?
Always be nice to everyone but especially to the gate agents and flight attendants – they can make or break your trip which is why I bring them a box of chocolates and they often treat me like a rock star.
[Photos: Johnny Jet]