Every year, John E. DiScala, better known as Johnny Jet, visits at least 20 countries and logs 150,000 miles in the air. A jet-setter since age 21 (who once had a fear of flying), he has accumulated a wealth of travel tips over the years and shares his tricks of the trade on his website, johnnyjet.com. Offering everything from general advice to insider information, the site is considered one of the best travel resources on the Internet.
Always Jets To: Ischia, Italy in the summer—it’s not only beautiful, but it’s also where my family is from.
Can’t Fly Without: Scottevest jackets (right). They have 20-plus pockets and act as a third carry-on.
Best Cuisine: A slice of pizza from Don Filippo Restaurant in New York City.
Drink of Choice: Water. I know it’s boring but it’s the best thing for you while traveling.
Most Enjoyable Stay: One of Seabourn’s ships (Odyssey in Sydney Harbour, below), because you can see a lot of destinations and not have to repack/unpack. Also, the food and service is amazing.
“Hidden Gem” Destination: Kangaroo Island in South Australia.
Best Souvenir Ever Bought: Moroccan rug in Marrakech.
In-Flight Show: Modern Family
Always Packs: My patience—you really need to travel with it these days.
Spends a Lazy Sunday: In a hammock on a private island in the South Pacific.
Must-Have Travel Gadget: Smart phone.
Guilty Pleasure: Chocolate! I’m a certified chocoholic.
Biggest Culture Shock: Hong Kong in 1993—it was my first overseas trip, and it felt like another world. Now it’s one of my favorite international cities.
On His iPod: Dave Matthews Band
Favorite Fruit: Mangosteen, rambutan, lychee and mango.
Most Recent Coveted Purchase: Wedding ring for my wife.
Where He Settles Down: Manhattan Beach, California.