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As the president and publishing director of Hearst Magazines, Michael Clinton does more than hop on flights for work. He's a self-described "travelaholic." And in his new book “The Globetrotter Diaries,” which he bills as hybrid travel guide and memoir, he shares his travel tips coupled with insider insights on his favorite destinations. With summer right around the corner, we asked Clinton to share some of his insider knowledge with the rest of us.

 

Fly early

 

"Take the earliest flight out to avoid delays in traffic, security and flight departures," says Clinton. "That 6 a.m. flight might mean a brutal wake-up call in the middle of the night, but you'll know that your airplane is there and it'll be one of the first flights out before the airport gets too congested. You'll have no traffic and you'll get through security faster."

 

Bring your family into planning

Make sure that there is something for everyone while planning your vacation. "An unhappy teenager can ruin any vacation," he notes. "I've heard too many stories from parents who had a miserable trip because they were interested in visiting a place, but their kids didn't want to go there."

Go with the flow (but have a backup plan)

Embrace your inner globetrotter and see where your travels take you. "Half the fun of travel is the unexpected," he notes. But some surprises aren't always welcome: Be sure to “read the fine print for extra charges" as well as “always have a Plan B, as a plan can oftentimes fall apart.”

Get points

"Build on your favorite airline premium status for upgrades, faster boarding and special treatment."

Pack light

“Carry on at all times, regardless of how long you will be away. Think black, think washables."

Michael Clinton's top spots to see before you dieParis, France
Santa Fe, N.M.
Antarctica