ABOUT MARK ORWOLL
Mark Orwoll has been a travel journalist for more than four decades, including 29 years at Time Inc.'s Travel + Leisure magazine, most recently as International Editor. He's well known to television viewers as a travel expert, thanks to his nearly 600 appearances on NBC Today Show, CBS Morning Show, ABC Good Morning, America, CNBC Power Lunch, and many other programs. He co-produced "The Next Destination," an NBC News Productions' documentary that won an Aegis Award for Excellence.
Mark is the author of e-Travel (Macmillan), one of the first books published on the topic of online travel planning. He has taught travel writing at Mediabistro, and for many years was an adjunct professor in the Master's degree in Publishing program at NYU, where he was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award in 2015.
As a travel writer, Mark specializes in narrative-form travelogues about unusual cultures and offbeat, faraway destinations. He has filed stories from such far-flung outposts as Burma's Irrawaddy River, the Caucasus Mountains of European Georgia, Brazil's Amazon Basin, the Andaman Sea, the Killing Fields of Cambodia, and the Suez Canal en route from Jordan to Israel. Mark's articles have been published in such prestigious publications as Condé Nast Traveler, Town & Country, Robb Report, United Airlines' Hemispheres, Travel Agent, Frommer's Travel, The Travel Channel, AARP, the Saturday Evening Post, and numerous other print and online outlets.
Mark lives in the Lower Hudson Valley of New York. His travel motto:
"What the hell are you waiting for?!"
Photograph by Mark Orwoll, copyright 2019
"I write for many different magazines and websites, and I'm always mindful of their specific audiences—their spirit of adventurousness, their experience as travelers, whether they're vacationing solo or as a family. But I always try to remain true to my own experiences of the destinations I cover, and I base all my writing on firsthand reporting. I started as a newspaper reporter, so I know that if you want the story, you need to get out on the street, knock on doors, and talk to people. And then double-check your facts when you get back home."