His 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 in InFlight Policies & Procedures. A year and a half later, Laurie left his post to return to flying 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 and regularly appear on various morning shows around the United States offering their insider knowledge and information. Previously Laurie & David served as travel correspondents on the now cancelled national morning show “The Daily Buzz” 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 Amazon Instant Video.
Laurie currently serves as the go-to travel expert for CNN’s HLN, The Headline News Network.