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Likely Places: A Conversation with Peter Shankman


Likely Places is a new collection from TripIt that highlights frequent vacationers to showcase their one of a kind journey types and insider recommendations. 

Keynote speaker, writer, founder of HARO (Assistance a Reporter Out), founding editor of AOL News—and recurrent traveler—Peter Shankman is happiest when in transit. For him, traveling is as a great deal entertaining as arriving at his destination. 

“A aircraft is my joyful put. It is in which I can tune every thing else out and target on my work,” he said. “I’ve written five textbooks whilst sitting on planes!” 

What kickstarted this air travel appreciate affair? “I’m a born-and-elevated New Yorker. When I started off my personal PR organization, I commenced touring to satisfy clients outside the house NYC and fell in like with the whole working experience,” he said. “It’s also when I found the price of airline loyalty. The initially airline I at any time earned position with was Continental.”  

And when COVID-19 saved him grounded? “It was tough. I have focus deficit hyperactivity ailment (ADHD) so a absence of travel—a deficiency of a program!—during COVID-19 built it hard for me to cope,” Peter shared. “I had nine keynote speeches canceled in 3 times. If I had recognised that my flight on March 8, 2020 would be my very last flight for nine months, I would have stayed on it extended.”

On controlling ADHD—and his journey options

Obtaining ADHD (examine out his podcast on the topic) is element of the explanation why Peter depends on TripIt to retain his journey plans arranged. 

“Once my journey strategies are in the application, I know they’re taken care of. I never have to fear about them,” he said. “I ahead my options and—boom—they go to my calendar to my mom’s calendar my dad’s calendar my girlfriend’s calendar. All people is in the know about my schedule, thanks to TripIt.” 

What else does he love about touring with TripIt? “The flight alerts—such as when my gate’s improved or my flight’s delayed—are valuable. I also appreciate examining my Journey Stats.”

“But additional than everything, TripIt keeps me sane. I’d shell out triple the yearly price of TripIt Pro for the peace of thoughts it provides me,” Peter claimed. 

‘Travel gentle, but tech heavy’

Being organized with TripIt signifies Peter has a lot more time to enjoy the journey—and the modest moments. 

“While I ordinarily use my time on a aircraft to work, I also like to have some fun. I appreciate to seize time lapses of my flight—so indeed, I always reserve the window seat!”

Peter informed me his journey motto is: ‘Travel light, but tech large.’ As these kinds of, he packs a have-on bag only, but he also swears by SCOTTeVEST—a clothing brand name that will make a travel jacket with myriad pockets for all his gear. 

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

And when he’s probable off to Asia upcoming (“best resort breakfasts in the entire world!”), he thinks anyone should take a look at Morocco the moment in their lives. “Specifically, a area referred to as Skoura, Morocco. You won’t see stars like that anywhere else in the globe,” he mentioned. 

Any final guidance for his fellow tourists? “Practice kindness. Specially now. Specifically with your flight attendants.”

Curious to see wherever Peter is headed upcoming? You can stick to him on Instagram and Twitter to hold up with his hottest journey tales, tips—and time lapses. 

Catch up on all Likely Destinations capabilities to understand new journey guidelines, discover underrated places, and extra. 

About the Creator

Amanda Wowk

Amanda Wowk is a freelance author, founder of Amanda Wowk Imaginative — a content material writing products and services company — and avid traveler. Her expertise spans the vacation field, supporting clientele in travel tech, luxurious vacation, and buyer makes. When she’s not encouraging clientele explain to their stories, Amanda writes about her individual encounters to encourage other folks to journey as significantly, wide and commonly as attainable.


Bettina Cabana is a web designer and a freelance fashion blogger. She loves to write about the latest trends, women's fashion, and a lot more in the industry. Bettina has been working for multiple clients in the past many years. She likes to explore new places, cultures, and cook in her free time.

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