Photo: Christopher Michel

Photo: Christopher Michel

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

The Insatiable Traveler celebrates 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’s pretty much 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, connecting with the world and its people, 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 the photos and tales of my adventures will inspire others to embrace travel and engage with the world, and take time to connect with the people and places they visit.

My dream is to become independently wealthy and travel 24/7. However, that’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  Business Insider’sThe Insider”, Green Global Travel, The Huffington Post, Jaunted, Mashable, One.org, Passion Passport, PopSugar, Solo Traveler, The New York TimesTakePart.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..

-As seen in-4.25Recognition

  • 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 third-party sponsored posts.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

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




(Header photo by Christopher Michel)









61 replies »

  1. 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**


  2. I love this blog! You are an inspiration; so far I haven’t been able to travel much but some day I hope to seek out more exotic destinations! Beautiful photography and blog, thank you.


  3. 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.


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