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Featured Travel Blogger: Kerwin McKenzie from Cruisinaltitude.com

We’re excited to feature a flight specialist as our Featured Travel Blogger this month, who has kindly shared some fantastic behind-the-scenes travel tips for your next holiday destination.

Kerwin is a travel concierge, blogger and flight specialist with a very interesting past: he has a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Sciences from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and he’s worked for Delta, ATA and Continental Airlines for the past 16.5 years. One day last year, however, he decided to leave the industry behind to really explore the world, and cruisinaltitude was born.

He kindly took the time to answer a few of our questions:

In your blog bio, you write about flying “sometimes just for the sake of being in the air and around an airport or an airplane”. What is it about flying that appeals to you so much?

I love the people aspect of flying and the technology behind it all. As a kid I was always fascinated by where people are going and how they got there. Today, flying helps me to continue that fascination and meet many new people.

You worked for airlines until June 2011, and then left to become “an airline travel geek”. Do you still work while you’re on the road?

My travels are now my “work”. I do have a current part-time airline consulting job, but not sure how long it will last.  I work at it while on the road, yes.

Does the excitement and novelty of visiting new places wear off after a while?

Absolutely not! Every trip is like a whole new day, new people, new stories, new discoveries.

Your Tuesday Travel Tips are really helpful, particularly those that give insight on using public transport in different countries. Can you tell us a story about something that surprised or amused you about public transport in a country that you’ve been to?

Thank you, my goal is to ensure that travellers are prepared for their trips. Umm… Yeah, in Ghana, the bus conductor was not giving back the correct change to each person including myself and my travelling companion.

Instead, we noticed that he gave it to his girlfriend who was traveling in the tro tro (mini-van) with us. One passenger, started arguing with him in the local language, but you did not have to know the language to understand what was going on. Eventually they stopped arguing, but it got pretty heated at times and I thought for sure there would have been a fight in the very small van.

You went to Kuwait this year – where are you going next?

Laughing 🙂 I usually don’t know to where I next roam.  I have a very dear college friend who is now an Air Traffic Controller; I tend to follow him around at times. He’s headed to Serbia later this year, so that may be the next destination.  While I figure that out though, it’s back to the U.K. in November.

Thanks so much for taking part and best of luck in your adventures.

Thank you for featuring me, I appreciate it.

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