About Everett Potter

For more than three decades, Everett Potter’s work as a journalist has taken him around the world and back. From features to profiles and destination stories, Potter has written about virtually every aspect of travel. Along the way, he has authored written two books, had bylines in virtually every leading travel publication in the US, appeared on national television networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and CNBC, and won four Lowell Thomas Awards.

Potter is currently a contributor to Forbes.com, Snow and National Geographic Traveler. He lectures for National Geographic Expeditions on selected departures of their Swiss Trains & the Italian Lake District expedition.

Potter launched Everett Potter’s Travel Report in 2005. It has quickly become one of the most successful, widely read, and well respected digital sites in the industry. The roster of more than 50 contributors includes many of the top names in travel.

The Wall Street Journal has singled out Everett Potter’s Travel Report twice, noting “We always enjoy reading Everett Potter’s Travel Report, an online resource from a longtime and discerning travel writer” and on another occasion saying that “it’s a terrific mix of profiles and interviews, all designed to make the best use of your travel budget.”

Everett Potter spent 18 years as a weekly columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, six years as a columnist for Smart Money: The Wall Street Journal Magazine of Personal Business and another six years as a columnist for USA Today and also USA Weekend. He was the travel columnist and a contributing editor to Ski for 15 years, fortunate enough to ski most of the major ski resorts in North America, Europe, and South America.

He also wrote dozens of columns for many years for Luxury Spa Finder, Diversion and Laptop magazines and was a frequent contributor to Outside for over a decade. As a contributing editor to ForbesTraveler.com, Potter worked as a consultant on the launch the Forbes 400 list of the World’s Best Hotels.

Potter’s work has appeared in Aspen Magazine, Brides, Caribbean Travel + Life, Centurion, Conde Nast Traveler, Conde Nast Traveller UK, Delta Sky, Elle Decor, Endless Vacation, enRoute, Food & Wine, Forbes Life, Four Seasons Magazine, Islands, Manhattan inc., Martha Stewart Living, Metropolitan Home, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, New York, Ritz-Carlton Magazine. Robb Report, Smart Luxury Travel, Snow, Snow Country, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Town & Country, Travel + Leisure, Travel Holiday, USA Today, and Virtuoso Life.

Potter has made dozens of guest appearances on television and radio and has been seen and heard on NBC’s Today Show, CNN, CNBC, CBS, Fox, Bloomberg Radio and NPR’s All Thing Considered.

He is the author of The Best of Brazil (Crown Publishers, 1989) and Cave Pictures (Kaldewey, 1981), a book of his poems illustrated by the contemporary abstract painter Jonathan Lasker.

Am emeritus board member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), Potter is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and a past president of the New York Travel Writers Association.

Potter earned a BA in English Literature from Boston University and an MA in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Home is just outside New York City, where he lives with his wife and daughter. In summer, they can often be found in Maine.

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9 Comments

  1. September 8, 2019 at 3:53 pm — Reply

    Dear Mr. Everett Potter, greetings, the writer Miss Frances Mayes and the ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ (2003) inspired me to find the origins of my grandfather, a tuscany-montecatinese in Brazil, in nineteenth century, so I would to thank directly to her — could You give me her e-mail ? — thank you very much !

    My cordial hug, sincerely,

    Paulo R. Lavorini

    • September 8, 2019 at 4:35 pm — Reply

      Hi Paulo,

      Thanks for your note. I’ll drop you an email.

      Everett

  2. May 29, 2020 at 1:19 am — Reply

    Hi Everett – Enjoyed your piece in Forbes around social distancing and glamping. Next time you’re in Ojai, come see us at Caravan Outpost! Warmest regards, Brad

  3. george
    January 23, 2021 at 7:26 pm — Reply

    Hello
    I scrolled around on Trivago doing fantasy planning on where I would stay in Switzerland IF corona were not preventing my trip in 2021 as It did last year for the first time since 2005.
    I discovered your wonderful story about Sporthotel Pontresina and how you captured the essence of the beautiful village. I stayed@Sporthotel on a cross country ski trip back in Feb 2000.
    Since then I have visited Pontresina to hike in quieter Sept nearly 20 times.It and Wengen are my 2 favorite villages with Zermatt #3.
    Hoping for the vaccine and a return to fun.

    • January 24, 2021 at 9:33 am — Reply

      Thanks, and glad you liked the story. Pontresina is a special place indeed and September is one of the best months of the year to visit. I like your ranking of Wengen and Zermatt as well.

  4. February 11, 2021 at 2:21 pm — Reply

    Hi Everett – been reading through some of your articles, glad to have someone covering the travel space with a keen interest and good writing at a time like this.

    I dropped you a note to your personal email (hopefully it’s the right one!). Would love to connect – I’m the founder of a growing travel startup named Jubel.

  5. May 26, 2021 at 5:47 pm — Reply

    Hi Everett, we met and spoke various times many years ago at different tourism conferences. We are the same generation, I will be 79 in 3 weeks. I was today talking to Jonathan Tourtollet who was at National Geo when Yachana Lodge won the Geotourism award in around 2008. And I am writing because I thought about your Nat Geo connections. Even though we have not communicated, I am on your mailing list and enjoy your articles. I live in the Amazon region of Ecuador. I started the Yachana Foundation 30 years ago and would like to talk to you on skype about what we are doing, and see how it might make an interesting story for you. I hope to hear back from you. Thanks, Douglas

  6. Sysan McWilliams
    June 30, 2021 at 6:27 pm — Reply

    Dear Mr. Potter: It’s clear from your archive of published articles that you’re interested in fair and balanced reporting. Your June 27 article on timeshare company Pacaso presented just one side of the story. The other side is the havoc it is wreaking on established neighborhoods where Pacaso flagrantly violates city codes and brings a constantly-changing stream of strangers into quiet residential areas, prompting noise and blocked driveway access complaints, along with removing affordable homes from the market in areas where families struggle to find housing. Please visit http://www.stoppacasoNOW.com for more information or respond to the email below.

  7. Paula French
    July 3, 2021 at 5:07 pm — Reply

    Mr. Potter, I and many other residents of the Napa, St Helena and Sonoma neighborhoods where Pacaso Homes has been using their predatory purchasing power to overbid and secure homes for people who have the funds to purchase a fraction of a home for tourist use would like to disagree with the characterization in your June 27 article. You wrote that “ The prices are, frankly, steep, reflecting the exclusivity and high real estate values in the markets that they’ve chosen.” One of the homes that Pacaso sucked into their “We’re not a timeshare” program was a 1950’s starter home in a working class neighborhood in Napa full of people who work here, worked here, raised their families here, are electricians, local policemen, teachers and the like. Many who walk the block with their walkers purchased their homes when first built. That home was purchased for $500k by a developer, remodeled for three years before Pacaso bought it for over a million dollars. THIS IS NOT A WEALTHY AREA. Granted, Napa Valley has a multitude of estate type homes…but Pacaso is not limiting their locust-like acquisition to those… Pacaso seems to want to move into neighborhoods like the ones in St Helena, where retired teachers live and, not because of anything they have done, the obscene wages being paid in SF and the Bay Area, and the even more obscene prices of real estate just 40 miles south of us, has resulted in way too many privileged people who came here to suck up second and third homes and drive prices to a ridiculous height while our own children are struggling to be able to afford their first home. So perhaps you were correct about the high values, but it’s not exclusive, and the manner in which all of you reporters communicate makes it sound as if we in Napa and St Helena are all wealthy… that’s NOT the case. That home Pacaso purchased for over a million could have sold for 600-700….still way too high IMHO for a 1500 sqft starter home, but Pacaso and those with significant disposable income are ruining these valleys and changing the face of the towns that brought them here in the first place. Oh, and Pacaso, when told they were enough like a timeshare that they were in violation of an ordinance in St Helena, instead of moving to selling those truly luxury homes…chose to sue the city of St Helena…a town with a population of maybe 3,000. Pacaso is a bully and they are not being honest about their target homes. You and other real estate and travel writers do us a grave disservice when you laud the ingenuity but fail to dig deeper and see the impact on the community of companies like PACASO who are looking to take their share of the pie and to hell with the destruction they bring to a working class neighborhood that happens to be in an area that has made a name for itself as a destination.

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