Lauren Mack

Lauren Mack
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  • Lauren is a freelance journalist who primarily writes about travel, food, and drinks. 
  • Her work has appeared in 100+ publications, including The Daily Meal, Cheapflights.com, KAYAK, Seeker, En Voyage (EVA Air’s inflight magazine), Time Out Beijing, Zagat, Newsweek International, Dorsia, Fodors, The Active Times, About.com, ThoughtCo, City Weekend, United Press International, and more.
  • Lauren graduated with a Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia Journalism School and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Florida Atlantic University.

Experience

Lauren has traveled to 48 countries on five continents but counts Asia as tops on her list of places to explore. Lauren has also been to 24 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Originally from Miami, Lauren called Beijing and Taipei home for many years. Lauren has also lived in Boca Raton, Florida; Orlando, Florida; and Brooklyn, New York. Lauren is currently based in New York City.

Lauren has contributed to more than a dozen travel guidebooks to Beijing, Hong Kong, Miami, Shanghai, Singapore, and Taipei for DK Guides, Explorer Publishing, GuidePal, Time Out, Touring Bird, and Zagat. During college, Lauren studied abroad in London and Beijing, sailed on Semester at Sea, backpacked through Europe twice, backpacked through Asia three times, and studied Mandarin at Peking University and at the Mandarin Training Center at National Taiwan Normal University. Lauren has been writing for TripSavvy since 2020.

Education

Lauren graduated with a Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia Journalism School and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Florida Atlantic University. Lauren completed study abroad programs with Columbia University, Duke University, Eastern Michigan University, and Semester at Sea. During graduate school, Lauren interned at Marie Claire, Seventeen, Teen People, Home Furnishings News, United Press International, and Newsweek International. Lauren studied Mandarin at Peking University and at the Mandarin Training Center at National Taiwan Normal University.

Awards and Publications

  • Modo Labs Appademy Award for Best Student Engagement App (2016)
  • Society of Professional Journalists, Student of the Year (2006)
  • New York Women in Communications, Inc. Scholarship Recipient (2005)
  • First Place (Team), World Championships of Rock Paper Scissors (2004)


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