Travel + Leisure editor in chief Nancy Novogrod announced today that she plans to step down after more than two decades at the magazine’s helm.
Novogrod joined Travel + Leisure in 1993 following five years as the editor of Condé Nast’s House & Garden, where she replaced Anna Wintour. Since then, she’s led the magazine’s evolution from print-only brand to a multi-platform one, received four ASME nominations, and oversaw the transition from American Express Publishing to current owner Time Inc.
Novogrod plans to lend a hand in the search for her replacement. “It has to be someone who’s innovative and has a vision but is also adept in print and digital, and who likes change and likes imagining new possibilities,” she said of her ideal successor. “It’s certainly a moment where brands are evolving in ways that we might never have imagined before, and I think there are great opportunities for Travel + Leisure on many different platforms. The great thing about where we are now at Time Inc. is that they want to make that investment.”
Although she’s leaving the magazine industry, Novogrod was adamant that she won’t be retiring just yet. “I’m too keyed up and energetic and interested in the world to actually retire,” she said. Her next project, she added, will be writing a book about powerful women. (Prior to House & Garden, Novogrod was executive editor at the publishing house Clarkson Potter.)
Novogrod won’t be cutting back on her travel schedule, either: Her itinerary for the coming months includes trips to Paris and Positano, Italy, hiking in Spain, a cruise along Asia’s Mekong River and Christmas in Mexico. “You would think that I’d just want to stay home, but I’m an addict!” she joked. “There are many great joys in this job, but for me, one of the most satisfying has been getting to know people and cultures that are very different from my own.”