Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas

Name: Peter Greenberg
Title/bio: Travel editor for CBS News, Chief contributing editor, Michelin Travel
Twitter/website: @petersgreenberg | |
Born in: New York
Currently living in: New York, Los Angeles, Bangkok and most major airports around the world

1. Where would you rather be right now?
On my boat on the Great South Bay, on Fire Island in New York

2. Famous person (dead or alive, real or fictional) you’d most like to go on a trip with:
Leonardo da Vinci. The more I know about him, the more I realize what I don't know and will never know. Talk about a real genius. Forget the Mona Lisa; just concentrate on da Vinci as the engineer and you'll be amazed.

3. Tourist must-see you think is actually a “must skip”:
I can actually say I wrote the book on this one: it's called Don't Go There! and it's my worldwide guide to all the places that really suck.

4. Your most stranded, “oh-my-[deity]” travel moment:
It just happened this week. My briefcase, containing my laptop along with 25 years of history and notes, my wallet, my good luck charms, my fire department badge and ID cards, and too many other things to mention -- most of them of great sentimental value and irreplaceable -- was stolen this week in Buenos Aires. I'm still grieving....

5. If someone was visiting your town, what’s the one thing you’d show them?
The fire department. It's where I try to stop in every place I visit. Why? Who knows a place better than firefighters? They've been in everyone's homes and hotels and restaurants. They know everything to see and do in their community.

6. Travel-related invention you wish existed:
Surveillance technology to catch the person who stole my briefcase.

7. Travel-related film or book that inspires you to pack your bags:
A Writer's Notebook, by W Somerset Maugham

8. Lay on us a priceless bit of travel advice or wisdom:
I use it every day: Never take a “no” from someone who is not empowered to give you a “yes” in the first place.