Based in New York City, Heather Mikesell is the executive editor of American Spa magazine. She graduated from Michigan State University with a double major in journalism and political science before attending New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute. She began her career in the publicity department of Penguin Putnam Publishing Group and later moved into corporate communications at L’Oréal. Throughout the years, she has written for Elite Traveler, Islands, Kiwi, Luxury Travel Advisor, Porthole Cruise, Travel Agent, abcnews.com, jetsetter.com, outside.com, wellandgood.com, and more. When she’s not enjoying Champagne facials, caviar creams, and other pampering perks of her profession, she’s likely to be found defying State Department warnings in search of adventure.