Who is Linnea Jordan and what is her travel story?

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Name? Linnea Jordan

IG? @popoversandpassports

Age?  27

Homebase?  Dallas, Texas

Day job?  Specialist Social Media Southwest Airlines

Solo or group travel?  Group!

Favorite airline?  Southwest Airlines, of course! The original pioneer of the Low Cost Airline Industry

How many countries have you visited?  36

Favorite city and why?  I can never pick a favorite! It feels like a parent picking a favorite child. In no particular order here are my top five destinations that I absolutely loved my time in and I would recommend to any traveler. 

  1. Copenhagen, Denmark 
  2. Chiang Mai, Thailand 
  3. Hoi An, Vietnam 
  4. Santorini, Greece 
  5. Rovanimei, Finland 

Top bucket list destination?  Turkey has always intrigued me! It looks so beautiful and I love the blend of different cultures. I’d love to visit Istanbul and stay in a cave hotel in Cappadocia. 

Airbnb or hotel?  Without a doubt one of my most memorable experiences was from an Airbnb on a ranch in Nashville hosted by Deb. Her ranch was stunning, and it looked right out of a country music photo shoot. We spent one of our mornings riding horses with her “cowboy” and just loved the entire experience. They have over 15 horses on the ranch and 5 dogs! Definitely a great place for an animal lover. They even have their own saloon on the ranch too complete with a bon fire outside for roasting s’mores! For a small fee you can have dinner and/or breakfast at the ranch. Deb is an amazing cook, and it was so great to have dinner with Deb and “cowboy” to learn a little more about their story and life in Nashville. For booking checkout her place here.  

When and why did you first get the travel bug?  I really appreciated the gift of travel during my internship at Southwest Airlines in 2012. Southwest Airlines is famous for pioneering the concept of “Low-Cost Air Travel” which provided low-cost fares to millions of travelers to give everyone the opportunity to fly and experience the beautiful world we lived in. 

As an intern at Southwest, they spoiled us with flight benefits! If you give a twenty-something flight benefits it’s unlikely you’ll ever see them stay put on a weekend. During my time at Southwest I had the opportunity to visit countless destinations Southwest served and saw cities that I never thought possible. It was then I coined the term “popover” which eventually became my blog name “Popovers and Passports”. A “popover” was a quick trip in 48-72 hours where you would you try to see the most a city has to offer (usually with little sleep) in a short period of time. Most of my travels to this day still have me in cities for around 48-72 hours which have been the inspiration for my blog posts on showing travelers how to maximize their time in specific destinations. 

Most memorable trip?  A little cheesy, but my most memorable trip to date was in September of 2018 to Copenhagen, Denmark. I met a guy in Dallas, who was Danish, doing an internship at Lockheed Martin in Fort Worth. In August I was wrapping up a trip in Portugal and had some extra time to my vacation. I flew up to Copenhagen to see him and simply put we both fell in love with each other there. 

 One thing led to another and since then he’s visited Dallas again to see me and I visited him in Copenhagen where we went to Tallinn over the Christmas holiday. The gift of flight has truly helped me keep connected to what’s important who I love in my life whether that would be my friends, family, or boyfriend. 

Best travel advice for new travelers?  Get out of your comfort zone! Traveling is never going to glamourous 24/7. It will involve last minute changes, delayed flights, lost bags, lost reservations, you name it! Most important thing is to be flexible, and get out there and see those places you’ve always dreamed of! Don’t let fear hold you back. 

What’s your secret to affording the ability to travel?  I’m very fortunate to work for Southwest Airlines.  It is not only a fantastic company, but it also provides employees with the opportunity to have space available seats on Southwest flights as well as our agreements with other airlines.

 However, hotels and everything else does get expensive! I personally save a lot of money by not booking through convenient tour packages, or some of the bigger travel websites. I go to the smaller tour comapnies directly and usually get a better rate and I get to customize my tour and my day how I want to. 

Do you have a travel blog we should check out?  I do! I would love for you to follow and comment on my blog posts under Popovers and Passports. 

Upcoming travel plans?  Yes! I feel like I always have something in the works! This year, in January went to Lake Tahoe on a ski trip for my birthday, and then to Aruba at the end of January for my mom’s birthday. Most of my other trips are out to Europe to visit my boyfriend in Demark and travel around with him as much as possible. 

Anything else you want us to know?  That it truly is possible to see the major sites of a city in a couple days with just a carry-on bag! I love my carry-on from Tiko Travel! They’re a new company based out of Austin, Texas and they have some of the most beautiful and sleek carry-on bags! 

Shout-out to Jillian for creating such a unique perspective on her blog posts and Instagram. I love your content! 

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*Did you like Linnea’s story?  If so, be sure to leave us some feedback! If you know someone, or you yourself would like to be featured, please email me at behindthecarryon@gmail.com

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