Photographer: Romain Maurice Photographer: Romain Maurice At Bloomberg Pursuits, we love to travel. And when we can again, we want to make sure we get it right. So we’re talking to globetrotters in all of our luxury areas – food, wine, fashion, cars, real estate – to learn more about their high-end hacks, time-saving tips, and quirky experiences. These are the Distinguished Travel Hackers. Roman Jones has been a mainstay of Miami’s nightlife since the late 1990s, when he hosted figures like Jay-Z and Sylvester Stallone at the Living Room on Washington Avenue. He went on to create other venues that made headlines, from Mansion and Opium Garden mega-clubs to tiny and ultra-exclusive Private, as well as restaurants such as Kiki on the River in downtown Miami. His latest business, The Gramercy, is a brasserie inspired by classic hotels. In a typical year, Jones, a new resident of Coral Gables, Florida, travels approximately 120,000 kilometers. It is independent from the airlines at home, but when it flies internationally to Europe, there is a clear choice: Virgin Atlantic. Virgin “was the first to have a bar on board, and for someone who works in bars, restaurants, etc., I appreciate that touch,” he says. “I’m a little scared of flying, so I try to have a few drinks before taking off.” His approach to travel during the Covid-19 pandemic has been preparation. “I got it really early on,” Jones says, “and I test myself for antibodies every three weeks. As long as I [still] test positive for this, I try not to really worry. I wear a mask, because it’s important, but I won’t let the pandemic ruin my trip. Photographer: Birgit Korber / EyeEm This stress-free state of mind is sharpened by a childhood spent traveling with a rock star father. Traveling over is stressful enough, so I always pack a pair of flip flops and shorts to change into on the plane when I go on vacation. As soon as I put them on, I immediately feel like I’m on vacation. Even when I travel to a city like New York, my flip flops indicate I’m in a vacation mood, and people often spot me on the streets as “That guy from Miami.” It’s kind of my non-verbal way of saying, “Yeah, I’m that guy.” I also arrive early at the airport, because I prefer to wait. The wait to get on the plane is less stressful than the rush. When I traveled with my father [Mick Jones of Foreigner] as a child, we were always late. It was still a commotion, a nightmare. It’s a horrible memory from my childhood experience. It was like, daddy, me, my brother Chris, [my half-siblings] to mark [Ronson], Samantha [Ronson], Charlotte [Ronson], Alexander [Dexter-Jones], Annabel [Dexter-Jones], two nannies, 20 bags. This nightmare. My dad probably had a few drinks and who knows what else. It was a circus. So the basis of everything I do now when I travel is not to stress.Photographer: Alex Kraus / BloombergWhat you should actually ask the cab driver in a new destination.It is as old as time to ask the taxi or uber driver where to go go for a nice meal or a bar scene in town, but don’t do that. Instead, ask them where they dropped a lot of people off, where the busiest spot is, or where the hot girls have asked to be dropped off. Everyone knows that it is easier to pack your bags when you go on a trip than when you leave the hotel because for some reason, [your stuff] never come home. You know what I mean. This. Never. Fits. Somehow everything was going perfectly when I left and all of a sudden what happened? So I was just like, “Okay, how can I cut some of the extra space and things like that, and that’s not going to break the bank?” So I started buying socks and boxers at Walgreens, or at a gas station, or at American Apparel when there were any. The quality is great and the socks aren’t anyone’s fashion statement. Although it’s a waste, I can just throw them away at the end of my vacation. It saves me from repacking a bunch of dirty laundry – another ritual I hate – so I just have to repackage my main items. El San Juan Hotel Source: Fairmont El San Juan Hotel No vaccination passport, no problem. Here’s how Americans can travel “internationally”. Puerto Rico is a really easy flight from the East Coast, and it’s been a really tough few years between everything – the hurricanes, the politics. It’s such a beautiful vacation spot, and you feel like you’ve left the United States, but you’re not, which [these days] facilitates travel. And this island has given us so much culturally, especially in music: watch Bad Bunny and Daddy Yankee. While Puerto Rico was ravaged, these artists were at the top of the charts with success after the fact. You can’t find a better hotel than the El San Juan; it was designed by Morris Lapidus, who has designed so many iconic Miami properties, and it’s so awe-inspiring. Photographer: Erik Witsoe / EyeEmWhen first class is not first class. Some people say, “Oh my God, I’m going to sit right at the front of the plane,” and I say, “No, I want to be first class, but not right in front of the plane, because you are next to the bathrooms which is not a good idea. »I don’t like smells and you are next to a very busy place, even hidden now. Unpredictability can be a safety strategy. It is better not to have a routine when traveling and not to be easy to do. target and locate, especially if I’m traveling somewhere like South America where there are a lot of kidnappings and so on. If you tip people like me well and you’re tall, you stand out and the word gets out. I will be leaving the hotel two days “earlier”. If I take a cab and I’m like, “Hey, drive me all night for $ 50 or whatever,” they might ask, “When are you leaving?” and I say “Thursday. Can you drive me to the airport on Thursday? And I take their card. Then I’m out of there Wednesday or a day or two before. I just don’t like to leave when people expect me to leave. I like to leave early.Photographer: Adie Bush / Cultura RFIf you tip generously, be sure to tip. A lot of people tip when they leave the hotel, they leave their change and whatever was in their pockets, blah-blah. I always give 20 dollars when I arrive. Why? If you tip the housekeeper on the first night of your visit versus the last night, your room will be taken care of – you know, you’ll get your extra soaps and towels folded into swans. If I see the [room attendant] as I’m in the hallway and they lower the bed, boom, I always go over to them, and I give them a 20, because right away the word spreads: “We have a dumpster – we have a live one!” In fact, tip everyone: the flight attendant, the valet, the janitor, the bellhop. You can [choose to] save a few hundred euros on your room type, but splurge on your tips, because having extra service, smiles, attention will make your stay so much better.Jardin des Tuileries in ParisPhotographer: @ Didier Marti / Moment Think like a teenager to make the most of it My first trip alone was to high school, and I went with my best friend to Paris, Corsica, Italy and back to Paris. I was 15 years old. We didn’t have the option of just picking up a cell phone and calling New York [in the 1980s], like when we were in Florence and we were short of money. Ingenuity then comes out. My best friend pretended [to be] photographer, and I said I was a reporter for Details magazine in New York. I think when you’re young you just worry about where you’re going, whereas I think as you get older you start to worry about the trip to the destination as well. Teenagers say, “Look, I don’t need the money to travel. I can go by bus and stay in a [cruddy] Hotel. “The goal is to get there and experience it. Seoul Photographer: Time, Life, Enjoy … / Moment RF Where he will go on his first post-pandemic long-haul adventure. My ideal trip is this one: I’m going from Miami to LA for a few days, relaxing. Then I fly to Hawaii for a few days, then from there to Tokyo and Kyoto, because I’m dying to see the old feudal regions. from Japan, traditional stuff. Then I head to South Korea. I’m obsessed with Korean food and I’m dying to get drunk in a karaoke bar with [hostesses] rubbing my head and telling me how amazing I am. I am completely serious. Honestly, because it reminds me, for example, of what clubs must have looked like in Vegas, in the 50s or 60s, when he was just a guy with 10 showgirls around him. It’s like a movie set, a gangster movie. I also love korean movies, which is the best asian cinema [culture] from afar. I would give myself a month for this trip. Before he’s here, it’s on the Bloomberg terminal. LEARN MORE .