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Ashley R. Rossi

Senior Editor/Writer - Travel & Lifestyle

Location icon United States

In addition to her writing and editing contributions to SmarterTravel.com as a Senior Editor, Ashley's stories have been featured online at USA Today, Business Insider, Tripadvisor, Huffington Post, Jetsetter, as well as other publications. She's also appeared on radio shows like NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday and BYU Radio's The Lisa Show and made frequent appearances on SmarterTravel's YouTube and social media channels. She was named one of the top travel writers to follow in 2020 by The Crowdfunding Formula.

Outside of writing and editing, Ashley has experience in organic social media strategy, planning, management, and analytics. She managed four (Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter) of SmarterTravel.com's social accounts and was responsible for driving over 1.6 million referral visits annually from these platforms as well as sustaining audience growth and performing community management.

Ashley graduated from Boston University's College of Communications with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a minor in Psychology (Class of '14). She is currently based in Charlotte, NC.

Covers: Destinations, travel gear, lifestyle, consumer rights, sustainability, travel tips, reviews, how-tos, travel planning, travel budgeting, value travel, travel news, sustainability, cruise, overtourism, luxury travel, and more.

Portfolio

Travel & Lifestyle Coverage

SmarterTravel
03/15/2020
Greater Zion: The Side of Southern Utah Most Travelers Don't See

Unbeknownst to many travelers, Zion National Park is part of a much larger group of communities that makes up the 2,400 square miles often referred to as the Greater Zion region. Springdale, the town closest to the national park, is just one of many areas worth a visit if you're headed to Southern Utah.

SmarterTravel
02/20/2020
Banff and Beyond: The Best Time to Visit Alberta, Canada

You'll find a Dark Sky Preserve, five national parks, two major cosmopolitan cities, world-class ski mountains, and maybe the most-Instagrammed lake in the world all in Canada's province of Alberta, and that's just the start.

SmarterTravel
10/17/2019
Why This Viking Ocean Cruise Is the Best Way to See Northern Europe

Want more expert tips and vacation inspiration? Subscribe to SmarterTravel on YouTube! Cruisers love Viking for its river cruises, but the company is making a splash with its ocean cruise offerings as well. The Viking Jupiter is the sixth (and newest) ship in the fleet-with a seventh ship, Viking Venus, coming soon.

SmarterTravel
09/09/2019
Why Mexico's Riviera Nayarit Is the New Cancun

Want more expert tips and vacation inspiration? Subscribe to SmarterTravel on YouTube! Throughout the 30-minute drive from Puerto Vallarta to the brightly colored surfer town of Sayulita, there was one thing, besides the ocean views, that remained constant: New construction.

SmarterTravel
12/20/2019
I Got Naked in a Moroccan Hammam Spa: Here's What It Was Like

Whether it was from a friend who had visited or through a simple Google search, hammam spas kept popping up when I was researching things to do in Morocco. And while I'm no spa connoisseur, going to a Moroccan hammam spa seemed like something I had to do on my trip.

SmarterTravel
06/14/2019
The 15 Best Sustainable Clothing Brands for Travelers

Sustainability is a buzzword in almost every industry, and it's a trend that's influencing travel clothing for the better. From well-known companies to smaller eco-conscious labels, here are 15 sustainable clothing brands that also offer great gear for travelers. Sustainability Win: Most of Coalatree's products are made from recycled or repurposed materials like coffee grounds, discarded yarns, and plastic.

SmarterTravel
06/05/2019
Why Now Is the Best Time to Go to Hawaii

The bright and tropical Hawaiian Islands you see on vintage travel posters represent an island chain on the brink of mass tourism during the Golden Age of travel in the 1920s and 30s. Those pictures depict a warm, welcoming, and wanderlust-inducing world in a faraway land.

Jetsetter
02/12/2018
10 Best Hotels in Montreal

There's no better time to visit Montreal than in late spring. The weather warms up, the sidewalk cafes open up, and locals fill the streets after the long, cold winter. Here are 10 great hotels to consider for your Canadian escape.

Radio & PR Appearances

BYU Radio
01/31/2020
Episode - BYU Radio

You’ve made it to New York with your best friends only to find out that half of you want to visit the MET and the other half Times Square. What do you do? Traveling with friends can either be a happy or hectic experience, and can either make or break your relationship. Here to give us advice on how to best enjoy your vacation with friends is travel expert, Ashley Rossi.

NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday
Tips For Spring Travel

Spring break, grounded Boeing planes, bankruptcies, thunderstorms - perfect conditions for overcrowded and canceled flights. SmarterTravel editor Ashley Rossi offers advice to Lulu Garcia-Navarro.

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