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Expert Travel Tips from Mashable's Seth Rogin

Mashable's Seth Rogin

Seth Rogin, the chief revenue officer of Mashable, shares his business travel tips, from must-pack items to his favorite airport amenities.

Q: How often do you travel?

A: About one trip per week. My nephew Michael recently pointed out that I've flown enough miles to take three trips between Earth and the moon.

Q: What are your must-pack items?

A: I always have extra international plug converters and a solar phone charger. Power is power.

Q: Airport lounge amenity you can't live without?

A: Being connected is everything to me, so strong, reliable Wi-Fi is key.

Q: Best money-saving trick?

A: You may get a better exchange rate at a casino than at the change shop since they want to lure international players. Just make sure you make it out with the money you exchanged.

Q: Favorite airport amenities?

A: I love the new Delta lounge at JFK's Terminal 4. It has an outdoor deck with chaise lounges, perfect for a pre-flight cocktail. Austin's airport has a branch of The Salt Lick, a dangerously enticing option. Last time I arrived, I stayed an extra 40 minutes before going down to get my luggage.

I'm also a sucker for the in-airport shops. Terminals 3 and 5 at Heathrow are great for when I'm flying British Airways between New York and London. I arrive early to shop at the airports in Zurich and Milan. Oh, and I love the cigar bar at the Nashville airport.

Q: Any tips for fighting jet lag?

A: I've come to believe that a big part of jet lag is psychological. If you're as passionate about your mission as I am, you just keep moving and embrace the weariness as part of what moves you.

Controlling light exposure is also important. If it's daytime, wherever you land, do not go to the room and close the shades for a quick nap. Get out and soak up the sun for a bit. Push through if at all possible.

Jet lag is also a challenge of time management. If you predict you'll likely suffer, plan wisely to give yourself enough time to be composed. It's never worth the effort, expense, and time of traveling 10,000 miles to be less than your best. And by rushing in and out of markets usually the only person you're impressing is yourself.

Q: Best carry-on bag?

A: I'm aware of the impact of travel on the environment and try to offset that in any way I can. I love my luggage from the Heys Eco line. It's made from 100% recycled materials.

Q: Where are you going next?

A: In the next few months I will be traveling for meeting and conferences around the world, including London, Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Cleveland, and Las Vegas. Personally, I'm hoping to find some time in this busy travel schedule to spend time with friends in Rome and St. Moritz.


As told to Brooke Porter Katz

Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Courtesy of Seth Rogin

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