Stacey Lastoe

Stacey Lastoe
Stacey Lastoe

Education

  • Bucknell University
  • SUNY Binghamton

Expertise

  • Travel
  • Food and Drink
  • Skiing and ski travel

  • Stacey Lastoe is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor focused on travel, food and drink, and myriad other lifestyle topics.
  • Stacey worked as a senior staff editor at CNN digital where she won a PrimeTime Emmy for her work on Anthony Bourdain's digital series "Little Los Angeles," a part of the late Bourdain's website Explore Parts Unknown. She continued on the travel beat with CNN Travel before embarking on a freelance career in 2021.
  • Since making the move to freelance, Stacey has been published in a variety of publications, including Condé Nast Traveler, American Way, Modern Farmer, Wine Enthusiast, Travel + Leisure, The New York Post, Robb Report, and The Toronto Star. She also served as the lead editor for Fodor's Travel Finest Hotels 2020 and Fodor's 2022 Go List. 

Experience

After graduating from college with a degree in English Literature and Psychology, Stacey packed a bag and flew to Athens, Greece. She spent the next six weeks backpacking around Greece, Italy, and Spain, where she stayed in hostels and spent all her money on the next great bite of food. A short stint in Boston, MA, was next for Stacey, who was taking her time figuring out what she wanted to do. Following graduate school in Binghamton, NY, Stacey moved to New York City to pursue dreams of being the next great book editor. 

When a couple of years into her role as editorial assistant at Bedford St. Martin's left her wanting for more, Stacey quit her job, sold her belongings and bought a one-way ticket to South America. She spent the next year backpacking throughout the continent by herself, occasionally finding enough internet to update her nascent travel blog.

Her wanderlust and passion for writing came full circle shortly after her return to The Big Apple just as the dot com world was taking off. Fast forward several years and Stacey landed her dream job working on Anthony Bourdain's Explore Parts Unknown, the website related to his award-winning CNN television series, "Parts Unknown." Bourdain's untimely death occurred just less than a year after Stacey began working with him and his team, and Stacey spent a significant and memorable chunk of her CNN tenure producing digital content plans around the final season of "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," before joining the CNN Travel team in a more official capacity.

Pandemic layoffs at CNN led Stacey to discover the joys of freelancing, where she's delighting in editing and writing travel and health and wellness content.

Education

Stacey graduated cum laude from Bucknell University with a degree in both English Literature and Psychology. Her M.A. is in English Literature from SUNY Binghamton. 

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