Bobby Laurie is the only TV travel expert with actual hands-on industry experience.
Currently Bobby Laurie serves as co-host of the nationally syndicated travel & lifestyle show “The Jet Set” and as a freelance contributor to Conde Nast Traveler and FodorsTravel. He is also a certified travel advisor by the American Society of Travel Advisors.
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 2014 Laurie produced a travel series for Discovery Network’s “Destination America” titled “TAKE OFF! with The Savvy Stews” which followed Laurie and another flight attendant traveling the world and experiencing local cuisine, festivals, attractions and experiences. The show now streams on Amazon. From 2013 through 2015 Laurie served as a travel correspondent on the now cancelled national morning show “The Daily Buzz” for three years and national lifestyle show “The Better Show.” Until recently, he also appeared regularly on the CNN Airport Network hosting the “Frequent Traveler” segment.
Laurie is continuously tapped to lend his opinions on the ever changing travel industry.
At present, Bobby Laurie is routinely featured on The TODAY Show, CNN, HLN, MSNBC, ABC News, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal among others.