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Interview with Suzanne Aaronson of Suzanne’s Files

Our latest interview is with Suzanne Aaronson, Editor-in-Chief and Founder  of Suzanne’s Files, a leading quality lifestyle resource. Suzanne’s  Files provides expert picks on under-the-radar getaways, hidden gems, wow services, truly unique gifts, lifetime experiences, and niche experts around the world. What is it that  you do exactly?
Everyday is different – that’s for sure! Throughout everyday there is a mix of our insiders, people I meet, things I read that help keep me and our team well informed about special finds all over the world. My days are mixed with business meetings and “checking things out” time. The mix is perfect for me!
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
Everyone I know, almost everyone I meet is interested in Suzanne’s Files – super flattering. People are so curious how they can tap the ever-growing site; the way it can help them navigate through the noise out there- the clutter. The time-saving benefits they get from the e-Newsletters; the insight and personal voice is like a friend would tell you!
What would you say are the 3 best places you’ve ever stayed?
Little Kulala Lodge, Namibia: an intimate desert retreat on a private Namibian wilderness reserve. It felt like Fred Flintstone’s house meets chic stylish.   A real wow when you can sleep under the stars on your rooftop. St. Regis in Singapore: imagine the most well serviced and most eclectically designed city hotel – now multiply by 2! Cap Estel, Eze, Cote D’Azur, France: exactly what the Med should be. Surrounded by the sparkling sea, provided with great sporty activities on property.
What’s been your most memorable dining experience to date?
Hmmm… that’s a fun question! So, I’d have to say when I was 16 years old, out to dinner in New York at a great Indian restaurant and I saw Bill Cosby (whom I grew up watching of course and adored). I walked over to him and said hi and asked if I could have a hug.   He hugged me tight!
Have you rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous, either through your work or your travels?
I like to keep celebrities’ anonymity as there are quite a few that tap me for my suggestions of wonderful experiences to have, places to visit and go… I’ll share one non-work related story which is that years ago Christy Turlington entered the same elevator I was in in NYC.   She turned to me and complimented my jacket – which I had designed myself from an old military jacket I bought in a Washington DC thrift store.   I felt very stylish to say the least…
What currently ranks highest on your travel wishlist?
No question – these places: Atacama Desert in Chile, Mozambique, Madagascar, Wild Fitness bootcamp in Kenya, Croatian Coast, Tokyo….and I’d like to learn how to video document to better share my perceptions and finds via the web.
Thank you, Suzanne, for a great interview. And apologies on me having to be chased to get  it published… it’s been a busy time here at A Luxury Travel Blog!

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. These interviews are very interesting to read to get an inside voice on the industry! I like that she keeps the celebrities anonymity.

  2. like suzanne the atacama desert in chile is one of the places on my hitlist along with many more!

  3. Suzanne Aaronson mentioned Madagascar as one of the places that ranks highest on her travel wish list. I first heard of Madagascar in the 1970’s from a friend who was an illustrator. It’s a beautiful place, I just hope it doesn’t become so commercialized that it threatens the delicate balance of nature and the abundant wildlife there.

  4. Dianna, I think Madagascar will always maintain its serentity. It is difficult to get to (time and cost), and quite large, therefore hopefully it can sustain its abundant wildlife. It is a very beautiful place, and I hope that never changes!

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