Anitra Brown Anitra Brown is a freelance writer who has specialized in spas, travel, and beauty for 20 years. A New York State licensed esthetician, Brown is one of the few spa writers to have actually worked in a spa as a therapist.She has served as a spa and wellness expert on the nominating panel for SpaFinder's Wellness Travel Awards.Brown has contributed to "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" and "1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die." Experience Anitra Brown is a former writer for TripSavvy, contributing articles on spa travel and treatments for more than 10 years. After years of writing about food and wine, Brown got a dream assignment to cover six overnight spas near Westchester County, New York, which took her to Canyon Ranch Lenox. After that experience, she switched her focus to writing and learning about the spa industry and earned an esthetics license.Brown has worked at some of the world's best spas, including The Spa at Mandarin Oriental New York, Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms in Phoenix, and The Emerson Resort & Spa in Mount Tremper, New York. Because of her hands-on experience working as a spa therapist, she knows what goes on at the back of the house, what to watch out for, and how to find great therapists. She has also traveled to many top spas around the world such as the Golden Door, Rancho La Puerta, Miraval, Canyon Ranch Tucson, Lake Austin Spa Resort, Mii Amo, and Red Mountain Spa Resort.She has contributed to magazines such as Spa Magazine, American Spa, Gourmet, New York, Robb Report, Westchester, and Hudson Valley. Brown is also a contributor to The New York Times-bestselling travel books "1,000 Places to See Before You Die," "1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die," and "1,000 Places to See Before You Die" wall calendar. Other credits include serving as a spa and wellness expert on the nominating panel for SpaFinder's Wellness Travel Awards, which is given to global properties that help travelers get and stay healthy. Education Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Oklahoma. She completed 600 hours of study at Atelier Esthétique Institute of Esthetics in New York City before undergoing examination to become a New York State licensed esthetician. She is certified for Reiki Level 2 and has done postgraduate training at Atelier Esthétique Institute and The International Dermal Institute in New York City. Awards and Publications"1,000 Places to See Before You Die""1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die""1,000 Places To See Before You Die" wall calendar About TripSavvy and Dotdash TripSavvy writers are on-the-ground experts — they speak the local language, know how to catch their city’s tram, train or bus, and definitely have tabs on the best of everything in town, from cocktail to kids’ menu. And since the world changes every day, your travel guide should, too. Our dedicated team of editors is regularly reviewing our library to perform updates on thousands of articles per month. If you see something that doesn’t seem up to date, please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. TripSavvy is part of the Dotdash publishing family. For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.