A Conversation with Peter Shankman — TripIt Blog

Likely Places is a new sequence from TripIt that highlights recurrent travelers to showcase their special travel designs and insider tips. 

Keynote speaker, author, founder of HARO (Assistance a Reporter Out), founding editor of AOL News—and repeated traveler—Peter Shankman is happiest when in transit. For him, flying is as much exciting as arriving at his vacation spot. 

“A aircraft is my pleased area. It is where by I can tune everything else out and concentrate on my operate,” he mentioned. “I’ve created 5 guides whilst sitting on planes!” 

What kickstarted this air journey like affair? “I’m a born-and-lifted New Yorker. When I started off my have PR firm, I started out traveling to satisfy clientele outside the house NYC and fell in adore with the whole practical experience,” he claimed. “It’s also when I learned the worth of airline loyalty. The 1st airline I ever acquired status with was Continental.”  

And when COVID-19 held him grounded? “It was tough. I have consideration deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) so a deficiency of travel—a absence of a agenda!—during COVID-19 manufactured it tricky for me to cope,” Peter shared. “I had nine keynote speeches canceled in a few days. If I experienced acknowledged that my flight on March 8, 2020 would be my last flight for 9 months, I would have stayed on it longer.”

On taking care of ADHD—and his journey plans

Acquiring ADHD (test out his podcast on the matter) is portion of the motive why Peter relies on TripIt to hold his journey ideas arranged. 

“Once my journey designs are in the app, I know they are taken care of. I do not have to stress about them,” he reported. “I forward my strategies and—boom—they go to my calendar to my mom’s calendar my dad’s calendar my girlfriend’s calendar. Absolutely everyone is in the know about my timetable, thanks to TripIt.” 

What else does he appreciate about traveling with TripIt? “The flight alerts—such as when my gate’s adjusted or my flight’s delayed—are helpful. I also enjoy reviewing my Journey Stats.”

“But more than anything at all, TripIt keeps me sane. I’d pay back triple the yearly price of TripIt Pro for the peace of head it gives me,” Peter mentioned. 

‘Travel light-weight, but tech heavy’

Being organized with TripIt signifies Peter has extra time to appreciate the journey—and the modest times. 

“While I typically use my time on a aircraft to work, I also like to have some enjoyable. I appreciate to capture time lapses of my flight—so indeed, I often ebook the window seat!”

Peter explained to me his journey motto is: ‘Travel light-weight, but tech major.’ As these, he packs a have-on bag only, but he also swears by SCOTTeVEST—a clothes model that tends to make a vacation jacket with myriad pockets for all his gear. 

So, window seat only carry-on only—what about souvenirs? “I’m generally on the hunt for wonderful souvenirs for my daughter,” he shared. 

And even though he’s probably off to Asia up coming (“best lodge breakfasts in the planet!”), he thinks everyone really should stop by Morocco when in their life. “Specifically, a put referred to as Skoura, Morocco. You will not see stars like that wherever else in the globe,” he claimed. 

Any closing guidance for his fellow travelers? “Practice kindness. Particularly now. Especially with your flight attendants.”

Curious to see in which Peter is headed future? You can adhere to him on Instagram and Twitter to keep up with his most up-to-date travel tales, tips—and time lapses. 

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About the Writer

Amanda Wowk

Amanda Wowk is a freelance author, founder of Amanda Wowk Inventive — a written content producing solutions firm — and avid traveler. Her expertise spans the journey field, supporting clientele in journey tech, luxury travel, and shopper manufacturers. When she’s not encouraging purchasers explain to their tales, Amanda writes about her have encounters to encourage other individuals to vacation as significantly, extensive and frequently as probable.


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