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 by Mark Orwoll

Mark Orwoll

Travel Writer



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." 

—Mark Orwoll

Insider Travel Report:Viking Jupiter
Insider Ship Review: Our Look at Viking Ocean’s Newest Vessel-Viking Jupiter (Insider Travel Report, November 2019)
CNTraveler: Feeding Burma's Monks
Conde Nast Traveler (October 2019): Volunteering to Serve Pre-Dawn Breakfast to the Monks of Myanmar
Hemispheres: Wine Vacations
Hemispheres (October 2019): 5 Wine Vacations That Transcend the Tasting Room
Frommer's: Chile in Less Than A Week
Frommer's Travel. Here's a way to see a sampler of Chile's attractions in just 5 days.
Traveller: Tipping in America
Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald (March 2019): 5 Steps To Tipping in the U.S.: New York-Based Journalist Mark Orwoll Explains
TravelAge West:  Cruising in Burma
TravelAge West
Porthole Cruise: Celebrity Edge
The cutting-edge Celebrity Edge cruise ship is aiming for Millennial travelers with apps, entertainment, and a novel deck extension that rises and falls like an elevator.
Travel Channel: Mysterious Georgia
The Travel Channel
Travel Weekly: Divi Little Bay Anew
One of St. Maarten's best-known resorts was nearly destroyed by a hurricane, but now it's back--and better than ever.
Maphappy: Sailing the Andaman Sea
TravelAge West: St. Maarten Comeback
TravelAge West
Frommer's: Culinary Tour of Georgia
Frommer's Travel
America's World War II Museum
America in WWII Magazine
Hemispheres: Lost in the Amazon
Hemispheres (United Airlines inflight magazine)
AARP: Hidden Midtown Manhattan
Curiosity:Minor Connection in Manaus
Curiosity Magazine
Hemispheres: Israeli Wines Rising
Hemispheres (United Airlines inflight magazine)
AARP: A Perfect Day in Brooklyn
Saturday Evening Post: Bison Roundup
Saturday Evening Post
Surface: An Architectural Petri Dish
Surface Magazine
LuxeGetaways: Paris...With A Cold
Traveling Dad: Last Family Vacation?
Traveling Dad
CN Traveler: Cruises & Hurricanes
Condé Nast Traveler
Saturday Evening Post: The Bidet
Saturday Evening Post
CN Traveler: Changes in Cruising
Condé Nast Traveler
T+L: Secrets of St. James's
Travel + Leisure
Porthole: That's the (Scenic) Spirit
Porthole Cruise Magazine
Town & Country: Night Train Lament
Town & Country
Frommer's: Gotthard Panorama Express
Frommer's Travel
Fodor's: The Mekong, Unmasked
Fodor's Travel
CN Traveler: Cruising–Easy Does It
Condé Nast Traveler
Departures: NYC's New Speakeasies
Robb Report: Best River Cruises
Robb Report
Renewed: Jerusalem's David Citadel
Endless Vacation: Valley of the Sun
Endless Vacation
Sherman's Travel: The Corn Islands
Sherman's Travel
Premier Travel: Best Bar in Portugal
Premier Travel
Daily Meal: David Citadel's Hot Chef
The Daily Meal
Luxe Getaways: Èvora Forever!
Luxe Getaways
Culture Trip: Nicaragua, on A Roll
The Culture Trip
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Photograph by Mark Orwoll, copyright 2019


Mark Orwoll is available for freelance writing and editing assignments, speaking engagements, and editorial consulting.

CN Traveler: Changes in Cruising

Condé Nast Traveler

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