What do you do for a living?
I own Preflight Technologies, a software development house, and Lane Avenue Studios, a film and video production company.
How many countries have you visited? Do you have a favorite?
I’ve been to 30 countries, but I’ve spent the night in only 21 of them. Most of my trips are very fast. Outside of the U.S., I would say my favorite country is Brazil, with Australia a very close second.
What was the last trip you took?
In September, my wife and I were able to go to Aruba, which was an amazing experience. United kept us safe, and we had a wonderful time on the island. It’s filled with great people, delicious food, and the most amazing beaches I’ve ever seen.
What’s the most transformative or meaningful trip you’ve ever taken?
My first trip to Brazil is one of my favorites, as it opened my eyes to an entirely new culture. And my first circumnavigation of the globe was amazing, because that’s something that so few people get to do. Or my Thanksgiving trip in 2016 on United’s Island Hopper. I’m a little bit different than most people, because I rarely care about the destination—I mostly just love the journey.
Who is the most interesting person you’ve sat next to on a United flight?
I’ve always wanted to meet Bob Goff. On a flight with my mother, my wife, and my youngest child, I got upgraded. I gave the seat to my mom and went on back to Economy Plus. After the flight my mom said, “You’re gonna kill me.” She had been sitting next to Bob the whole time. I was able to meet him in baggage claim, but it wasn’t the same.
What’s your favorite United flight you’ve been on?
I think I’m going to have to pick the Island Hopper. Over the course of five days, I flew OKC-IAH-JAX-ORD-SFOHNL-MAJ-KWA-PNI-TKK-GUM-NRTDEN-OKC. The JAX stop was for work, then the Island Hopper. I ran into a friend, unplanned, in Tokyo, and then came home.
What kind of camera do you use on your travels?
For my #mikeshot window views, I just shoot with my iPhone. I’m now rocking an iPhone 12 Pro Max. When I’m out and about, I primarily use a Nikon D5.
You’ve built up quite a dedicated Instagram following for your #wingshot airplane window images. Any tips for getting a great shot?
To get the best #wingshot, take a ton of photos. Since 2015, I have taken more than 65,000 pictures out of airplane windows. That way I can find the best to share. Also, avoid the same routes—I will often search for hours to find a new way to get to the same place. This will allow you to see new sights. I think the biggest key is to always love the thrill of flying. I don’t care how many times I take off, I’m still amazed by it.
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