Ten Minutes with Nancy Novogrod
How did you entertain yourself as a child growing up in New York City? I liked to write, read books, and draw. I was an only child and spent a lot of time pursuing these interests—and daydreaming.
Did you have any career aspirations?I wanted to be a writer, but I wound up majoring in art history in college and flirted with going on for a Master’s.
Your first big break? My first big break was getting a job in the typing pool of The New Yorker after college. It was populated mostly by young women from schools like Mount Holyoke, Barnard, and Smith, who were not such accomplished typists.
Best part of your job?Above all it’s working with a talented and inspired team, and seeing a strong issue of the magazine come together.
You’ve traveled the world—your favorite place? Italy, especially Rome and Positano; Hong Kong, the first place I visited in Asia; the Atacama Desert in Chile; Marrakech; the American West, particularly Montana and Wyoming. A place you’ve not been but is on your wish list. Namibia.
What’s the biggest challenge you face as the editor-in-chief of a travel magazine? The biggest challenge for an editor, no matter what the subject matter of the magazine, is keeping it fresh. At T+L, we are always innovating new ways to address travel and to delight our audience.
How do you discover what’s new or the latest trend in traveling? We have a global network of writers and correspondents and T+L editors all need to have a really good nose for the news.
Checking luggage has become an issue. What do you do? I always check a bag—due to back strain and shopping mania. I have three suitcases by Rimowa I love.
One piece of advice you’d give someone going to a place they’ve never been? Look at the weather reports before you go, and do some research about what you want to see. I often tap into a hotel concierge before my trip begins.
What do you like most about living here? I love the setting—the beauty of the Litchfield Hills. We’re hikers, and I try to go out every day for a walk. And we have lots of interesting friends we treasure.
What’s you favorite pastime when you are at your house? Cooking and entertaining, reading, walking and hiking, seeing friends, and shopping. I gave up doing any gardening myself when we moved from a charming colonial farmhouse in Woodbury to a less forgiving contemporary house in Kent 12 years ago.