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Kristan Schiller

Editor, Cities and Cultural Destinations

I grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and attended Middlebury College and the University of London, where I earned an MA in African Studies with a focus on the illegal ivory trade. My articles have appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler and Salon.com, among other publications.

Travel Style

Culture and Adventure Seeker

Travel Passions

  • Culture
  • Design
  • Wine
  • Wilderness
  • Why do you travel? The experience of travel makes us more sensitive to our surroundings in every possible way. Conveniently, it also satiates my wanderlust.
  • What's one thing you never travel without? There are three: Hair elastics, a notebook, and a pen.
  • Where did you have your most unforgettable meal? Among the most memorable: barbequed stingray at an outdoor street market in Singapore, and boeuf bourguignon at La Poul Au Pot in London.
  • What is your favorite book or genre of books? My favorite book is West with the Night by Beryl Markham. Markham chronicles her adventures in early 1900's Kenya from the seat of an Avro biplane with prose that even Ernest Hemingway described as "bloody wonderful."  And it is.
  • What’s the most unusual place you have stayed on a trip? It’s a toss-up between a monastery in rural Russia, a former Maharaja's hunting lodge in Rajasthan, and a fold-up tent, erected by my Masai guide, in the middle of the Serengeti.  
  • When were you first bitten by the travel bug? Throughout high school, my family hosted exchange students from across Europe. I’d listen as they recounted tales of life back in their home countries and swear I’d get there someday. That I was hooked on James Bond films by 16 explains my fascination with swanky hotels and exotic outposts.
  • What’s your favorite beach in the world? Noetzie Beach, South Africa, for its rough-hewn beauty but also for what it represents. Unlike other public spaces, Noetzie remained non-racial during Apartheid and welcomed all South Africans.
  • If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Probably London.
  • What’s on your travel bucket list? Gorilla trekking in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; small ship cruise to Antarctica; long weekend in Copenhagen; and staying at a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in the Midwest.