Jeremy Tarr

Jeremy Tarr

Editorial Director, Fodors.com

When Jeremy closes his eyes, he imagines he’s wearing a monocle in a Berlin café. When he opens them, he has 20/20 vision and is staring at an article in need of a copy edit. He lives in Downtown Los Angeles with his wife and a couple of mutts named Olive and Louise.

Q&A

  • Why do you travel?

    It’s healthier than other addictions—but just as expensive.

  • What’s one thing you never travel without?

    Sleeping pills.

  • What’s the first thing you do when you arrive in a new place?

    I unpack. Then I go for a long, long walk, preferably after dark, search out a quiet locals bar, and have a gin.

  • Do you like traveling solo?

    I despise it. I prefer to go everywhere with my wife. It’s easier to see the beauty of the world when she’s around.

  • Carry-on or checked?

    I pack too much for a carry-on. If it were possible, I’d take a steamer trunk.

  • What was your worst travel experience?

    Catching a parasite after trekking the Inca Trail made for a rather uncomfortable homeward journey.

  • If you could live in any hotel, which would it be?

    I once lived in a grand old hotel in Hungary for seven months. It was far less romantic than I thought it would be and I gained twenty pounds by dining in the lounge every night.

  • If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

    I’ve been trying to convince my wife to move into a haunted New Orleans mansion for four years. I’ve thus far been unsuccessful.

  • What's the most unusual place you have stayed on a trip?

    Toss-up between a windmill in Hvar and Pope Julius II’s holiday castle outside of Siena.

  • What items do you always try to bring back as souvenirs?

    I usually attempt to buy a translated copy of "Alice in Wonderland" in every country. I bought a beautiful 1940s Greek edition at Atlantis Books in Santorini.

Most Recent Works

Travel Fail: I Rode a Bike Off a Cliff in Croatia

Travel Fail: I Rode a Bike Off a Cliff in Croatia

All travelers, even professional ones (ahem, Fodor’s Editors) experience the woes of plans gone awry. In our new column, Travel Fails, we’re highlighting stories where everything went wrong.