Ann Abel

Ann Abel |CONTRIBUTOR

I've been a travel writer and editor for 14 years – including several as a senior editor at ForbesLife – and I've written about more than 450 luxury destinations and hotels in 74 countries (and counting). I know the difference between what’s merely expensive and what deserves its high price tag. I’m discerning but not jaded, and I appreciate the hard work that goes into crafting experiences as well as crafting luxury goods. (I’ve written about those, too.) I’ve shared that wisdom with readers of Forbes, Departures, Conde Nast Traveller, Robb Report, Afar, National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Hemispheres, Brides, Modern Bride, Luxury SpaFinder, Tablet Hotels, Well + Good NYC, and other print and online publications. In the name of lifestyle journalism, I’ve gotten a tattoo in Bora Bora, been bitten by a massage therapist, and flown small aircraft above three continents.

I travel luxe but smart: I know what's worth shelling out for.