The 'Check-In' series was designed to celebrate individuals for whom travel is a way of life. Each profile focuses on a notable global traveler: business consultants, editors, industry members, movers, shakers, and anyone else who—for whatever reason—spends a lot of time in the air. Kicking off the first installment? Flight 001's very own co-founder, Brad John.
Occupation: Flight 001 co-founder / global wanderer
Number of countries traveled to: 31 (I think.)
Favorite destination: Beirut, Lebanon. It offers a little bit of everything: Beautiful seaside, mountains, ruins at Byblos and Tyre, history, food, and friendly people. But I also love Rome, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok… I have a lot of favorites! Domestically speaking, Palm Springs is number one by far.
Favorite airport: Heathrow for shopping; Charles De Gaulle for food; Amsterdam’s Schiphol for ambiance; and Brussels for a drink. But my all-time favorite is Kai Tak, Hong Kong’s old airport.
What makes you a great traveler? I’m patient and I enjoy the journey as much as the destination.
What makes you NOT a great traveler? I have the worst sense of direction and cannot read maps. I am always lost everywhere I go.
Must-have travel product(s): Our own Spacepak and Seatpak, no question. I never go anywhere without them.
What do you never travel without? A second pair of glasses in case I break or lose the ones I am wearing. I’d be in big trouble without them!
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? Today I am in the mood to go to Scandinavia. Yesterday it was Portugal.
In-flight drink of choice: Red wine, or a Bloody Mary if the flight is before 11a.m. I know that some people recommend not drinking alcohol on flights. This is one thing that I do not agree with.
Nicest hotel toiletries: I'm more about the packaging than the products themselves. Japanese hotels usually have the coolest.
If you could sit next to absolutely anyone on your next flight, who would it be? Lucille Ball. It would be fun to travel with someone who once smuggled a giant cheese home from Europe disguised as a baby. Or maybe Richard Branson—hey, he started an airline!