Name: Adam Winterrowd
Location: Seattle, WA
Occupation: Business Development
Number of Countries Visited: 7
States Visited: 45 out of 50 (I’m missing Alaska and a few in the Northeast)
Last Country Visited: Mexico
What is your favorite country you have visited and why?
Spain, hands-down. The food and cultural experiences were incredible and the people so welcoming. Beach time is a must! I recommend Sitges, a small beach town on the Mediterranean just outside of Barcelona.
What is your least favorite country you have visited and why?
I don’t have one! Every opportunity to learn a new culture, experience new traditions and connect with new people has been an amazing chance to grow.
What countries are on the itinerary for this year?
Mexico this year and already planning for Italy, Greece and Spain for next year!
When did you start traveling? Did it start at an early age for you?
I’ve travelled since I was about four years old, but I didn’t leave the country until I was nineteen. I am always on the go for work as well and I love the entire experience – the planning, the airport, the travel itself, and the destinations!
Why do you travel? What is your personal reason for traveling?
I really enjoy new cities and people. I learn so much along the way and appreciate the perspective it gives me regarding the American experience.
Why do you believe it’s important for others to travel and see the world?
Learning is growing! We’ve all studied so many places in textbooks while in school, but you cannot truly understand until you can experience them for yourself.
How you manage to visit so many amazing vacation spots so frequently? What is your travel strategy?
I do my research! It can be time consuming, but seeking good deals and maximizing program memberships with airlines, hotels and credit cards make an incredible difference.
How often do you travel for work?
I travel every week! I fly about 220,000 miles a year in the U.S. alone!
You travel a lot for work. How do you balance your work travel and your pleasure travel? What recommendations do you have for others?
I try to make time for personal experiences while working; I enjoy learning about my work travel destinations as much as my personal ones. Planning downtime is important in any trip.
What tips do you have for business travelers for not burning out from travel?
Staying healthy can make all the difference for any frequent traveler. I make sure I rest as well as possible and stay hydrated while on-the-go. I bring a liter of water on board for every 3-hours of flight time. It makes all the difference!
What is your most important carryon item for making business travel more manageable?
Noise-cancelling headphones! To dim the ambient noise if nothing else. These are a life-changer.
As a frequent flier, what tips do you have for newbie or less experienced travelers? What mistakes do you see often in your travels?
I encourage everyone to join TSA PreCheck. Making your airport experience as efficient as possible makes a huge difference in the travel experience, especially in the summer months.
What makes you unique as a traveler?
I think what makes frequent business travelers like myself unique are that we have everything down to a science: packing the suitcase, travel time to the airport and through security, the hotel experience. The less you have to think or re-think regarding the journey, the more you can focus on the experience.
What inspires you about the travel experience?
I love the energy I feel in an airport—it doesn’t matter the city. It’s amazing to think all of these people all had somewhere to go on this specific day, at this specific time, and our paths crossed here together!
What do you like least about travel?
The time away from home and family is my least favorite part of any business trip. Regarding travel in general, I’d have to say the end of the trip, since it always comes to a close quicker than expected!
What recommendations do you have for someone who is looking to be more adventurous and travel?
Check out great last-minute deals or deals to unexpected destinations. These can be less costly than the most common destinations and the experiences can still be life-changing!