Molly O'Brien

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Lives In

Los Angeles, California


  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Molly O'Brien, originally from New England, has spent the past 15 years in California living in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Luis Obispo, and Los Angeles. 

Since 2020, Molly has covered stories for TripSavvy while also writing for her travel website Metropolitan Molly, in addition to outlets like The Washington Post, Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Fodor's Travel, Lonely Planet, and Business Insider, among others. 


Molly's work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, Her Campus, Fodor's Travel, Business Insider, Conde Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, and other publications.


She earned her journalism degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on the Central Coast of California. Since then, she has worked professionally in the fields of hospitality and travel PR and as a freelance travel writer and editor.

Awards and Publications: 

Molly writes and edits for lifestyle magazines, including Living Lavishly Magazine and Marin Living Magazine. She also works as a copywriter for Southern California's Metrolink EXPLORE destination feature website.

She especially likes covering feature profiles about interesting people doing interesting things such as chocolate making, beekeeping, wing-walking, and interesting destinations like under-the-radar wine spots, the best brewery towns, and lesser-known ski destinations. She also loves to write about a hotel with a good story. 

When she's not writing, Molly enjoys spending time outdoors, at coffee shops and breweries, and traveling (of course!). Her favorite city in the world (so far) is Barcelona, Spain, but she loves traveling anywhere that offers sunny weather and ample hiking opportunities.

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