Talking Travel With: Mark Halperin and John Heilemann of 'With All Due Respect'
If you're looking for makeshift travel experts look no further than Bloomberg TV hosts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, who each fly more than 100,000 miles every year. Here they talk to T+L about their favorite airline cabins, their preflight rituals, and their hotel breakfast standbys.
How many miles would you estimate you travel every year?
JH: Always more than 100,000.
MH: Thousand and thousands. Counting them would be too daunting.
JH: Delta, because there’s WiFi on almost every flight, a decent rewards program, and the Marine Air Terminal at LaGuardia.
Favorite airline cabin?
JH: Any with lie-flat seats that are long enough for someone six foot five (which is to say, not many).
MH: First class on any Japanese airline.
JH: Sleeping, drinking, sleeping, drinking; Scrabble on the iPad if I'm with my wife (even though she kicks my ass almost every time).
JH: Eagle County Airport outside of Vail, Colorado. A tiny airport where big jets can land, with non-stop flights from NYC. Arriving there means I'll soon be at one of my favorite hotels, the Ritz Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, and a few minutes later, on the mountain. The anticipatory bliss is overwhelming.
MH: The one I’m leaving.
JH: Double-, then triple-checking that I have all of my portable electronics (iPad, iPhone, MacBook Air, Bowers & Wilkins P-5 headphones, etc.) and charging accessories for said devices.
Preferred hotel chain?
MH: All Marriott properties, especially Ritz-Carlton.
Favorite hotels in the world?
JH: The aforementioned Ritz-Bachelor Gulch. The Hotel de Russie in Rome, for the amazing food, the glorious courtyard, and the location just off the Piazza del Popolo; the Tokyo Park Hyatt, for the "Lost in Translation" lounge, the 47th-floor glass-roofed swimming pool and gym, and the clear-day views of Mount Fuji.
Hotel breakfast standby?
JH: Strong coffee, protein smoothie, something involving eggs.
MH: Traditional Japanese breakfast.
Go-to carry-on luggage?
JH: The same black leather duffle I bought on the street in Florence about 20 years ago. It's spacious, light, and (apparently) indestructible.
MH: Tumi. It’s as large as possible and still fits in (most) overheads.
Pro packing tips?
JH: You really only need one tie: a black or navy knit, which goes with everything.
MH: Muji clothes pouches.
JH: Multiple pairs of sunglasses. Just because.
MH: Workout clothes and shoes.
Favorite travel gadget?
JH: The super-thin Vorson Bookmark backup battery for mobile devices.
Biggest travel mishap?
MH: Former and current TV producers don’t let those happen.
Where are you going next?
JH: Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival (and my birthday).
MH: San Diego–as I type this.
Most frequent destinations?
JH: Domestic: Washington, D.C., because of my job; Los Angeles, California, because of family; Austin, Texas, because of the tacos, the barbecue, and the music; Boston, Massachusetts, because of the Red Sox. International: all points Italy, because of ... well, you know.
MH: Iowa and New Hampshire, because of presidential politics. Tokyo and Italy because, obviously, the food.
Go-to blazer or suit when on the road?
JH: None. I like to mix it up.