Annie Fitzsimmons is a travel creative and editor and has worked in the travel industry for more than 17 years, traveling to six continents and reporting–on destinations, people, culture, hotels, and restaurants, and more–through numerous content platforms.
Annie is currently writing and researching her book for National Geographic and Disney Publishing, “Hotels of a Lifetime,” to be published in 2024.
Most recently, she worked as Luxury Travel + Advisor Editor for AFAR Media, also hosting AFAR Live and Live from AFAR. Prior to AFAR, she was an editor at Virtuoso – one of the industry’s leading networks for travel advisors – and held many roles at National Geographic over nine years, as their first and only Urban Insider, traveling the world and reporting on cities, culture, and lifestyle as their major female brand voice. She was a founding member of their Editorial Council, as well as spokesperson and foreword writer for two NatGeo books, The World’s Best Cities and The World’s Most Romantic Destinations.
Annie has been a keynote speaker and panelist on travel trends, media, and content at events around the world, including SXSW in Austin, World Travel Market in London, the International Tourism Conference in Latvia (sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Riga), the Hospitality World Congress in Barcelona, and ILTM Americas in Mexico.
She is based in west London with her family, after living in her beloved NYC for more than a decade. She has been a licensed NYC tour guide since 2008.
Our guest on episode 250, Annie returns to the show to revisit her one way ticket to Switzerland, to update us on her book, and to share 10 more “if these walls could talk” hotels. See the list below.
Annie’s List of 10 (More) “If These Walls Could Talk Hotels”
- Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, Côte d’Azur
- Hotel Sacher, Vienna
- Hotel d’Angleterre & Nimb Hotel, Copenhagen (tie)
- Baur au Lac, Zurich
- Carlton, Cannes
- Reid’s Palace, Madeira
- Hotel Jerome, Aspen
- Hotel Eden Rock, St. Barts
- Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra
- Belmond Venice-Simplon Orient Express – Train