5 Minutes With Eric Stoen of Travel Babbo

For McCool Travel’s 109th travel interview, I am happy to present Eric Stoen of Travel Babbo. Eric Stoen takes absolutely drop dead gorgeous photographs. I met him at a travel conference last year and we were both part of the Yahoo Travel Explorers group (R.I.P.). His jetset family, as you will see, is fortunate to travel the world.
Eric Stoen’s bio: “I’ve lived in Italy, Norway, Germany, and the US and traveled to 80+ countries. I’m passionate about the benefits of family travel and let each of my three kids (6, 8, and 10) choose any destination in the world every year for a one-on-one trip with me. We also travel as a family during school breaks. Total, my kids have now been to 41 countries on all 7 continents. In 2012 I won Conde Nast Traveler’s Photo of the Year award.”

interview with Eric Stoen of Travel Babbo by McCool travel
Eric Stoen of Travel Babbo

Eric Stoen of Travel Babbo

Colorado Springs, Colorado
Always in my luggage…
Headphones, Amazon Kindle, Laptop (Mac), Camera, Charging Cables
3 favorite home-away-from-home places…

  1. Florence, Italy
  2. Oslo, Norway
  3. Santorini

A favorite travel memory is…
Traveling to Antarctica with my 8-year-old.

interview with Eric Stoen of Travel Babbo by McCool Travel
Eric Stoen of Travel Babbo

3 favorite travel brands…

  1. United Airlines
  2. AFAR
  3. Travelocity

3 money-saving travel tactics I use are…

  1. Maximizing the value of my frequent flier miles to fly free as much as possible
  2. Emailing hotels to find out the most cost-effective way for us (a family of 5) to stay there
  3. Traveling at non-peak times

3 ways that I have fun while traveling are …

  1. Waking up early to see destinations at sunrise when very few others are around
  2. Meeting up with friends–most places I go I know someone there or I know people traveling through there
  3. Saying yes to virtually any unexpected opportunity. Travel should be serendipitous.

8 word (or less) travel mantra…
“Take Your Kids Everywhere!”

interview with Eric Stoen of Travel Babbo by McCool travel
Eric Stoen, Travel Babbo. Photo Credit Marta in Venice for Flytographer

favorite non-travel website …
There are non-travel websites?
most memorable souvenir …
5-foot tall carved giraffe from Zimbabwe
favorite cheap eat …
recent discovery …
I loved visiting Scotland’s Orkney Islands this summer.
I am fortunate to have met …
President Reagan. I worked for him for a year at his LA office after he left the White House.
I would like to meet …
Diane Lane, ever since seeing A Little Romance as a kid.

Thank you so much, Eric, for taking a few minutes to share travel inspiration and tips.
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Check out McCool Travel’s previous travel interviewsMcCool Travel presents tips from travel experts in our 5 Minutes interview series—featuring travel industry giants, super frequent travelers, and adventurous persons. Previous travel interview: Carl Hedinger of Travel Through Life.

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12 thoughts on “5 Minutes With Eric Stoen of Travel Babbo”

  1. Never had the chance to take my kids as I was traveling for work when they were growing up. Now I take my grandkids, as long as they are at least 11 years old. I have taken 2 to Costa del Sol, Spain~

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