Dominique: What do you always have to have with you when you fly?
Stephanie: Top ones for me are: Bose headphones, a Travel Candle for relaxing in hotel, and a small travel fan for background noise. When I travel internationally, I always bring snacks–because there are times you can’t find anything to eat. For example, in France there’s not a lot open on a Sunday night–so you can go to bed hungry if you’re not careful!
Dominique: Worst airport?
Stephanie: 1. JFK before the renovation–the old airport was the worst! 2. Chicago O’Hare: There are not many places to sit down and eat in the B and C concourses. Plus, for some reason it always feels like there is a 90% chance of being delayed there for some reason.
Dominique: Have you sat next to or seen anyone famous on your plane?
Stephanie: You would think flying out of LA as much as I do I would see a lot more celebrities, but not so much. Most notable for me has been Brian Austin-Green and Megan Fox, and I once stood in line with Andrew Zimmern.
Dominique: What was your scariest moment on a plane?
Stephanie: When you fly a lot, you get used to bumps and shaking here and there–but one memorable flight for me was MSP-Chicago. Out of nowhere, the plane took a nosedive, and drinks flew on the floor. People were scared. It lasted less than 30 seconds, but made quite a mess. The pilot came on and said “sorry about that, drinks on us!” I think it might have occurred while training a new pilot.
Dominique: What advice would you give North American-based travelers using a mobile device in Europe?
Stephanie: The key is to set up the right data plan and pay attention to your usage:
Dominique: When you are booking travel for business what do you care about?
Stephanie: For me, hotel and hotel amenities, total travel time, and where I’m connecting are VERY important. Connecting in Minneapolis or Chicago in February, for example, is NOT a good idea.
Dominique: What tips would you give any traveler?
Stephanie: The biggest thing I can recommend is to focus on trying to relieve stress: