Host / Travel Expert / Traffic Anchor / Contributor
Bobby Laurie is one of two television travel hosts/correspondents with actual, hands-on travel industry experience. Currently Laurie serves as co-host of the nationally syndicated travel & lifestyle show “The Jet Set” and as a Traffic Anchor in Washington, D.C. for iHeartMedia.
Laurie’s background in the travel industry dates back to November 2005 when he was initially hired as a flight attendant.
After initially flying for six months for US Airways (now American Airlines) Laurie had started his move up the corporate ladder and held various positions within the industry before ultimately landing as an Analyst specializing InFlight Policies & Procedures. A year and a half later, Laurie left his post to return and joined Virgin America as one of the first 200 flight attendants under the brand started by Sir. Richard Branson.
In 2009 Bobby Laurie began his move into media and created a travel blog that was designed to collect and journal the experiences he encountered while working as a flight attendant. Because of the catchy name and his unbelievable, yet true stories, the blog became widely read among airline and industry enthusiasts. In 2010 a collection of his most popular articles and journals from his website were published into a book titled “Planely Speaking: Inflight Insight from Thirty Thousand Feet.”
In 2011, Laurie joined forces with another flight attendant blogger, Gailen David, and together formed “The Savvy Stews” at SavvyStews.com, a website designed to ease the stress of traveling by offering industry insider tips and tricks, reviews of trending travel products and also information on the newest travel destinations and venues. Four months later, in November 2011, the website became the largest independent travel site on the Internet by traffic.
Known as “The Savvy Stews” Laurie and David are the only two travel experts with actual travel industry experience. They’re currently appearing on the CNN Airport Network hosting the “Frequent Traveler” segment. Previously Laurie along with David served as travel correspondents on the now cancelled national morning show “The Daily Buzz” for three years and national lifestyle show “The Better Show.”
In 2014 the duo produced a travel series for Discovery Network’s “Destination America” titled “TAKE OFF! with The Savvy Stews” which followed the former flight attendants traveling the world and experiencing local cuisine, festivals, attractions and experiences. The show now streams on Hulu & Amazon Instant Video.
Laurie is continuously tapped to lend his opinions on the ever changing travel industry by CNN, HLN, MSNBC, ABC News, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal among others.
Here’s a small sampling of videos and clips of some of the projects, shows and interviews I’ve been involved with.
I might be on the road and in the air often, but I’m always reachable! If you’re interested in contacting me for a booking, have a comment (or complaint!) about one of my segments or just have something to say, get in touch!