Susan Portnoy the Insatiable Traveler holding camera in the Masai Mara, Kenya

Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken. ~ Frank Herbert

Through The Insatiable Traveler, I celebrate the magic of world travel and my adventures at home in New York City. I use award-winning photography and original storytelling to transport, immerse and excite readers, inspiring them to seek adventure and connect with the people and places they visit.

A little about me

I am a mid-western girl (Michigan to be exact) who considers herself a New York native after living for years in Manhattan. I adore traveling – almost anywhere will do – but I tend to gravitate towards exotic destinations with authentic cultures, wildlife or remnants of ancient civilizations. In short, Africa, Bhutan, Cuba, Machu Picchu, Mongolia and Myanmar are high on my list of places I’ve loved.

Whether on the far side of the planet or on the boardwalk of Coney Island, exploring the world, capturing a moment, nailing that perfect shot (I haven’t yet, by the way), has become an addictive challenge and a new kind of adventure, all in one.

My hope is that my photos and tales will inspire others to embrace travel and engage with the people and places they visit.

My goal is to become independently wealthy and travel 24/7. However, I’ve learned that it’s not as easy as it sounds, so I travel when I can and take pictures along the way.

My Work

In addition to The Insatiable Traveler, you’ll find my work in  Adventure.com, Business Insider’s “The Insider”, Green Global Travel, The HuffPost, Jaunted, Mashable, One.org, Passion Passport, PopSugar, Solo Traveler, The New York Times, TakePart.com, The Globe & Mail, Today.com, US News & World Reports and Wendy Perrin, among others.

Podcast interviews: Amateur Traveler (South Africa, Namibia), Speaking of Travel (Cuba, Mongolia, Peru), USA Today, “Talking Tech” (Travel Photography tips), Traveling Image Makers (Mongolia, Photo Workshops, Travel Photography, Solo Travel.)

The Insatiable Traveler has been featured in..

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  • I was awarded a Bronze Lowell Thomas Award for “Photo Illustration of Travel” from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).
  • I was named one of Discover Corp’s “17 of the Top Travel Bloggers to Follow in 2017.”
  • My photos been featured multiple times on National Geographic’s “Your Shot Daily Dozen.”
  • I was included in WordPress’ “World Through a Lens: Photographer Blogs to Follow Now” as well as featured on the platform’s “Freshly Pressed” and “Discovery” showcases.


Member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA).

Work with Me

If you would like to work with me please email me at Susan [at] TheInsatiableTraveler [dot] com.

At this time I do not accept sponsored posts.


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Thank you so much for stopping by.

~ Susan Portnoy
Images on the site are mine unless otherwise stated

(Header photo by Christopher Michel)

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  1. Hi Susan – thanks so much for sharing your travels and thoughts through this blog. I have just commenced blogging myself and am hoping to showcase people and places in my great state of Victoria in Australia. Feel free to stop by my blog someday. Cheers, Jason
    Blog: outandaboutinvictoriablog.wordpress.com/

  2. Hi Susan, you have an impressive blog and that does not come without a lot if time and effort. Well done and keep up the good work! Will keep checking back.

  3. Wow, congratulations on your success! My husband and I also love traveling. We try to take photos of our travels to remember them and share to others. It’s difficult because the pictures at times do not give justice to the reality.

  4. Hi there, I am new to blogging so hi! I love that you find solace and reward in photography, it can be a truly meditative process. I write and draw for the same reasons 🙂 look forward to reading your future posts**

    • Yes, photography is a wonderful creative outlet. I cannot draw. I shouldn’t draw.. it’s awful. I can’t do stick figures. 🙂

      Thank you for checking out the blog and I hope you return.

  5. Hi Susan,
    Your photos look amazing. I’m new to blogging and taking photos has always been one of my main hobbies. Your site brings me so much motivation. I enjoy taking photos when travelling and hiking too, even though I don’t have the mean to travel outside of California at the moment.

  6. Congratulations, Susan. You are an extraordinary photographer. I see that you are passionate about what you do. I hope one day to get closer to your level.
    If you want, please fell free to visit my blog and give me some advise about my photos. 🙂
    Thank you so much.

    • Hi Paolo- Thank you so much for your very kind words. I’m happy to answer a specific question about your photos if you want. Unfortunately, my schedule is a bit crazy to do otherwise. 😀

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