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A Conversation with Peter Shankman — TripIt Blog

Going Locations is a brand new collection from TripIt that highlights frequent vacationers to showcase their distinctive journey kinds and insider ideas. 

Keynote speaker, creator, founding father of HARO (Assist a Reporter Out), founding editor of AOL Information—and frequent traveler—Peter Shankman is happiest when in transit. For him, flying is as a lot enjoyable as arriving at his vacation spot. 

“A airplane is my glad place. It’s the place I can tune every part else out and give attention to my work,” he stated. “I’ve written 5 books whereas sitting on planes!” 

What kickstarted this air journey love affair? “I’m a born-and-raised New Yorker. Once I began my very own PR agency, I began touring to fulfill shoppers exterior NYC and fell in love with the entire expertise,” he stated. “It’s additionally after I found the worth of airline loyalty. The primary airline I ever earned standing with was Continental.”  

And when COVID-19 saved him grounded? “It was tough. I’ve consideration deficit hyperactivity dysfunction (ADHD) so a scarcity of journey—a scarcity of a schedule!—throughout COVID-19 made it laborious for me to manage,” Peter shared. “I had 9 keynote speeches canceled in three days. If I had identified that my flight on March 8, 2020 could be my final flight for 9 months, I might have stayed on it longer.”

On managing ADHD—and his journey plans

Having ADHD (try his podcast on the subject) is a part of the rationale why Peter depends on TripIt to maintain his journey plans organized. 

“As soon as my journey plans are within the app, I do know they’re dealt with. I don’t have to fret about them,” he stated. “I ahead my plans and—increase—they go to my calendar; to my mother’s calendar; my dad’s calendar; my girlfriend’s calendar. Everyone seems to be within the learn about my schedule, due to TripIt.” 

What else does he love about touring with TripIt? “The flight alerts—equivalent to when my gate’s modified or my flight’s delayed—are useful. I additionally love reviewing my Journey Stats.”

“However greater than something, TripIt retains me sane. I’d pay triple the annual price of TripIt Professional for the peace of thoughts it provides me,” Peter stated. 

‘Journey gentle, however tech heavy’

Staying organized with TripIt means Peter has extra time to benefit from the journey—and the small moments. 

“Whereas I sometimes use my time on a airplane to work, I additionally wish to have some enjoyable. I like to seize time lapses of my flight—so sure, I all the time guide the window seat!”

Peter advised me his journey motto is: ‘Journey gentle, however tech heavy.’ As such, he packs a carry-on bag solely, however he additionally swears by SCOTTeVEST—a clothes model that makes a journey jacket with myriad pockets for all his gear. 

So, window seat solely; carry-on solely—what about souvenirs? “I’m all the time on the hunt for excellent souvenirs for my daughter,” he shared. 

And whereas he’s probably off to Asia subsequent (“finest resort breakfasts on the planet!”), he thinks everybody ought to go to Morocco as soon as of their lives. “Particularly, a spot referred to as Skoura, Morocco. You gained’t see stars like that anyplace else on the planet,” he stated. 

Any ultimate recommendation for his fellow vacationers? “Apply kindness. Particularly now. Particularly along with your flight attendants.”

Curious to see the place Peter is headed subsequent? You may observe him on Instagram and Twitter to maintain up along with his newest journey tales, ideas—and time lapses. 

Compensate for all Going Locations options to study new journey ideas, uncover underrated locations, and extra. 

In regards to the Writer

Amanda Wowk

Amanda Wowk is a contract author, founding father of Amanda Wowk Artistic — a content material writing companies firm — and avid traveler. Her expertise spans the journey trade, supporting clientele in journey tech, luxurious journey, and shopper manufacturers. When she’s not serving to shoppers inform their tales, Amanda writes about her personal experiences to encourage others to journey as far, extensive and continuously as potential.

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