Executive Editor Anne Banas has been the face of SmarterTravel since 2000, offering expert commentary and helping travelers find the best a destination has to offer.
Anne is responsible for leading a robust team of editors and always provides valuable insight on travel and food through her columns and countless feature articles, destination guides, and travel tips. Her stories have appeared on USAToday, Yahoo Travel, The Huffington Post, ABC News, Boston.com, and other major publications.
As the SmarterTravel spokesperson, Anne is a sought after consumer travel expert and has appeared on both local and national broadcast programs like ABC Nightline, The Early Show, Good Morning America, CNN, The Weather Channel, and HuffPost Live. She is also a regular radio guest with Peter Greenberg, OnTravel, KGO On the Go, and NPR. Anne's commentary has been featured among leading media outlets, including The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Condé Nast Traveller, and Travel + Leisure.
When it comes to travel and lifestyle, Anne is most passionate about local cuisine and culture, as well as sustainability, and she especially enjoys traveling to Europe, the U.K., the Caribbean, remote islands, and even her own backyard. When she's not at the office, she's usually visiting local farms, gardening, taking food photos, or developing recipes in her "test kitchen."
In 2012, she graduated with high honors in the Professional Pastry Program at The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, and was granted the Jean Creveux (MOF) Award for outstanding skill with sugar. Anne received her undergraduate degree from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, and studied abroad at Trinity College, Oxford University. She's an active member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as Chair of Editors Council.