Today I launch a weekly series for Fridays. It's called Friday's For My Favorites and each week I'll tell you about some of my favorite people, places, ideas, and things. Ready? Here we go.I love to travel and do a fair bit of it for work. To me, every traveler needs a favorite travel editor and mine is Peter Greenberg. For many years I watched Peter on NBC's Today Show. I've also read a couple of his books, and really enjoyed The Traveler's Diet. It now appears that Peter has taken his own advice. He has slimmed down and switched networks going to CBS. When I did not see him anymore on the Today Show I wrote to him at his blog and asked why. I also asked why he looks thinner. Here's what I wrote followed by a response from one of his colleagues.
I have two questions: 1) why did you switch to CBS and 2) you seem to have lost quite a bit of weight (great for you!). How did you do it?
For many years Peter was the travel correspondent for ABC on Good Morning America. Then, for 14 years, the travel editor on the Today Show. And now he's moved up in the world. He's the travel editor for CBS News reporting across/for all their broadcasting platforms.
Peter has actually lost nearly 70 pounds on a diet of no meat, no bread, no airline food!, and just fish and veggies. And as you can see, it works. Many of the same principles from his book were followed to the letter.
This is one of the reasons Peter is my favorite travel editor. He's down to earth and comes across on television likes he's just one of us: passengers on an airplane heading off somewhere for work or pleasure. He has a knack for critiquing itineraries, product, hotels, trains, and restaurants, etc. as I would and he can explain the complexities of air travel simply (for example, how airlines charge passengers sitting in the same row a series of different fares). And Mr. Greenberg takes up creative topics. Over Christmas weekend I watched one of his old documentaries on a week in the life of American Airlines. Excellently done.
I recommend his weekly newsletter, his weekly radio show, and following him on Twitter (where he announces when he's on CBS, which I watch on-line). Check all of this out here. I just love Peter's advice. I hope to meet him in-person one day when he does his radio show from Hong Kong.