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Lauren Mack

I am a multimedia travel and food journalist and explorer based in New York City. I have traveled to 48 countries on five continents. For many years, I called China, and then Taiwan, home. Countries at the beginning of the alphabet, particularly Antarctica, Argentina and Australia are on my travel bucket list.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Cities large and small, particularly country capitals in North America, Asia, and Europe. My focus has been on travel, food, and drink, but I have also written (and done) solo travel, family travel, girlfriend getaways, romantic rendezvous, and active travel. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"Ever since my first adventure to London 20 years ago, my wanderlust has led me to backpack through Europe, circumnavigate the globe by boat, and live and work in Asia. These adventures have been fueled by countless meals, from Michelin-starred restaurants to local favorites to bustling food markets with curious cuisine. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I once stayed at an ice hotel in Quebec. There's nothing like snuggling in a sleeping bag atop an icy bed made from thick slab of ice adorned with reindeer skin. The ephemeral experience is magical, from the crunch of the snow to the crisp, silent night air to the fact that no two seasons at the hotel are the same as much of the hotel is built anew each winter."

Nanjing Road, Shanghai on a chilly night
China in December: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

As the calendar year comes to a close, winter begins in China. As temperatures drop, so do the crowds and prices, making this the perfect season to take an extended trip to discover China’s treasures and ring in the western new year with a bang (or gong!).

Escape the drab weather in the north and visit verdant Yangshuo
China in November: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

November is a time of transition: the hordes of tourists have gone home, the sweltering heat and humidity that blankets much of China during the summer is a mere memory, and fall foliage has disappeared. It’s a golden opportunity to visit China thanks to the lack of crowds, decent weather that fluctuates from fall to winter, and moderate travel costs.

Travel to Chongqing and cruise the mighty Yangtze River this month
China in October: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

Simply one of the best times of the year, October checks off all the boxes: wonderful weather, smaller crowds, stunning foliage, and exceptional value. A magical time in China, fall is festive and fun no matter your destination.

September is one of the best months to visit China, particularly Beijing
China in September: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

As it approaches fall, the air is crisp and cool, and China is awash in crimson and gold. September is a splendid time to visit, as fall combines the best of travel: comfortable temperatures, fewer travelers, and more bang for the buck.

August is a great time to see the giant pandas in Chengdu
China in August: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

The height of summer can be an exciting time to visit China despite the heat and humidity. Cities are bustling and lively with throngs of travelers and locals soaking up the summer sunshine. Visitors are treated to several folk festivals this month, making it a uniquely special time to visit China.

Palkhor Monastery and the walled Gyantse town in Tibet
China in July: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

July is hot—literally and figuratively—but its cities come alive with festivals, food, and fun. The extra daylight ensures jam-packed days to explore by land or water. Beat the heat by immersing yourself in Chinese culture, from cooking classes and crafts to folk festivals to nightly variety shows.