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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."

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