As PR and Special Events director for Saks Fifth Avenue, Eleanor Banco works with their 46 stores nationwide (and some more far-flung). A perpetual trip planner, she loves beach vacations, but finds happiness in nearly every city. We gave her our Proust-inspired questionnaire.
The in-flight film you hope for: The film I wouldn’t spend the $13 for in the theater for, but secretly wanted to see.
The last book you took on holiday: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. How apropos.
You tend to pack too many…: Shoes.
Your idea of travel happiness: A mix of town and beach.
Your idea of travel misery: Airport delays and baggage check.
Your favorite quality in a hotel: Room service and a really good concierge.
What do you appreciate most in a travel partner? Interest in adventure, culinary pursuits, speaking the language.
What is your greatest extravagance while abroad? Michelin starred restaurants.
What is your favorite journey to take? Hvar and Korcula.
What is your greatest fear abroad? Losing my luggage.
Which historical world traveler do you most identify with? Someone who took the Orient Express circa 1930. So glamorous and romantic. I like to travel from one area of a country to another by train, it can be so chic.
What is the travel habit you most deplore in yourself? Eating every indigenous treat or candy in sight.
What is the travel habit you most deplore in others? Calling me out on eating every indigenous treat or candy in sight.
In what travel situations do you lie? When an upgrade is involved.
When and where were you last happiest? Parrot Cay.
What is your most treasured take-along? Bose noise cancelling earphones.
What is your travel motto? Get it.