TRAVEL EXPERT / TRAFFIC REPORTER / TV HOST / SPOKESPERSON
Bobby Laurie is a travel expert, traffic reporter and television host based in Washington, D.C.
Currently Bobby 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 and ABC7.
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.”
Known as “The Savvy Stews” Bobby Laurie and his business partner Gailen 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 they 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 Amazon.
Laurie is continuously tapped to lend his opinions on the ever changing travel industry by The TODAY Show, 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.
As a travel expert and former flight attendant I love to assist journalists complete their travel stories with insider insight to processes and procedures, anecdotes which range from everyday life in the sky to hilarious and strange situations and commentary on the aviation industry as a whole and its in-flight safety standards.
Additionally, I am always interested in opportunities which allow me to regularly share my insight, destination features, and travel industry commentary on a regular basis as a columnist or reporter for news organizations and blogs.