Marla Cimini

Marla Cimini on the beach in Waikiki, Hawaii
Marla Cimini on the beach in Waikiki, Hawaii 2018.  Marla Cimini

Lives In

Philadelphia, PA


  • La Salle University


  • Philadelphia

Marla is a journalist with a passion for travel, music, surfing, and culinary adventures—and ideally combining all whenever possible! She was born and raised in Philadelphia and enjoys providing an insider's perspective about the city's history, blended with its vibrant and evolving neighborhoods. An avid globetrotter, beach lover, and professional storyteller, she has covered many other travel-focused topics in her career, including Hawaiian culinary trends, Italian wine trails, and adventures in Singapore. Marla is a co-author of the book "A Century of Hospitality," a historical exploration of U.S. hotels. Her articles have appeared in numerous outlets worldwide.

Marla is also a Hawaii travel consultant and currently contributes to Fodor's Travel Hawaii guidebooks. Her entire portfolio can be found on her website.


Marla is an award-winning writer who was born and raised in Philadelphia. She is passionate about the city and loves exploring the fascinating neighborhoods, restaurants, museums, bars, and especially the music scene. She loves discovering great, new places in town and sharing hidden gems with her readers. She's always pleasantly surprised with how the city is changing and becoming more dynamic every day.

When she's not writing about Philadelphia, she covers travel, hotels, food, music, luxury, surfing, skateboarding and much more! Her work has appeared in a multitude of newspapers, magazines and websites across the globe, including USA Today, TravelAge West, the New York Post, Global Traveler, Frommer's Travel, NJ Monthly, Reader's Digest, the Courier-Post, Four Seasons magazine, Montecristo, DaySpa magazine, Hotels, Lodging, Western Art and Architecture, Asbury Park Press, Johnny Jet, The Points Guy, and more. 

Marla is a member of SATW (Society of American Travel Writers) and NATJA (North American Travel Journalists Association). She's the recipient of professional awards from NATJA, HSMAI (Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International), PRSA (Public Relations Society of America), and others.


Marla holds a B.A. in Communication and English from La Salle University in Philadelphia.

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