Laura Longwell is a journalist, blogger, and photographer who co-founded Travel Addicts in 2008. Her popular travel blog focuses on helping affluent working professionals maximize their limited vacation time to see the US and the world. She focuses on food and beverage, culture, and unique travel experiences. She is also a writer for, where she covers business travel.

1. What got you into travel writing?
I started my first blog while working 60+ hours a week in marketing because my colleagues and friends were always so curious about how I managed to travel abroad frequently with a demanding job and limited vacation time. I wanted to use my tips to help others.

2. What’s the most challenging part of being a travel journalist for you?
Deciding where to go next.

3. What is one thing [equipment or personal item] you can’t go without on the road?
I recently bought a small handheld light that I can use for food photos in dark restaurants or other low light settings, and it has made my life so much easier.

4. What’s your most unusual and/or memorable travel experience?
Several years ago, my husband and I took a small boat cruise of the Galapagos Islands. Seeing the animals and landscape up close was incredible.

5. How did you learn about NATJA and why did you join?
When I decided to make the switch to become a fulltime travel writer, I wanted credentials to help set me apart and show that I was serious about this as a new career. When I saw the excitement over the annual award winners and the other benefits of joining NATJA, I knew it was an organization I wanted to join.

6. What is the best piece of advice you could give to a rookie travel journalist?
Be patient and prepared to play the long game. Most people won’t experience success quickly, but, if you stay persistent, it will come.

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