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

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 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 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.

Commercial Work | Branded Content

Washington Post Brand Studio (Client: Destination Canada) Four-Part Series (Copy and the majority of photos.) [Parts 3-4 to launch between Nov, 2018 – March, 2019]

Where the World Comes Together: Experience the multi-cultural spirit of Canada’s Downtown. 

Kate Spade:  Photos from Morocco and Central Park (respectively) used for packaging of brand’s New York Bon Voyage travel candle line. (2017)

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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.

Example: Branded Content (1 of 4) for Washington Post Brand Studio. Client: Destination Canada. “Where the World Comes Together.” 


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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)

63 replies »

  1. 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. 😀

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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/

  7. Just stumbled onto your site after reading a great blog post you had on the huffington post! Amazing travel photos! Hopefully I’ll get to see as much of the world as you someday 🙂

  8. Its my pleasure looking at your photos! I have a friend, who has been travelling on her own in the last 3 years or so, I am so jealous (in a good way of course 😉 ), she has been to some amazing places. I think I should have joined her backpacking 🙂 I think every penny spent on travelling and seeing the world is money well spent, you will get to see so many different places, cultures, people, nevermind the life long memories and experiences. I will definitely return, Im following your blog now 🙂

    • I agree.. the lessons I’ve learned about myself, the world and other cultures has been invaluable. Travel is a wonderful gift to give yourself. Thank you so much for following the blog. 🙂

      • I know what you mean. I lived in 3 countries in Europe, and I learned so much about myself, I became a stronger and more independent person. You`re very welcome Susan 🙂

  9. I have just found your blog through Leanne`s introduction, your photos are amazing. I wish I could travel and take photos of the world as a job, maybe one day if I won the lottery 🙂

    • Hi Andrea! Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog! I am so glad that you enjoyed what you found. If you love to travel, make it a priority. I don’t travel for work. I pay my bills as a communication and PR consultant. I just love traveling and taking pictures and writing about it. No real $$ involved. I’d love for that to change but it’s not the reason I got started. I put money away each month in a travel savings account and I make choices on what I spend my money on. I wish I was independently wealthy so that I could buy whatever I wanted but alas, I am not. It’s all about the priority you give travel in your life. I do without other stuff. Thank you for your comment and I hope you return. :))

  10. You’ve shot beautiful photographs, what about copyright of your photos, I bet there are a lot out there using your photographs. What do you do with that?

    • Hi Nina –
      Hmmm.. I have my watermark and metadata in all my photos. So far, I haven’t found anyone using my photos without my permission. Not sure what I’ll do until I see it and what the circumstance is. 🙂

  11. I absolutely love your pictures. I live in Kenya and have recently started blogging about it because I want everybody to know how beautiful this country is. Your photos capture its true essence.

  12. The picture of you above is fantastic. You look free! Thanks for stopping by. I shall follow your travels! Interestingly, here in India, it is easier to rent lenses in Bombay rather than in Delhi (where I live)..

  13. Oh my God. That’s one hell of a camera! :O (and a really cool shot of you!) I love your African pictures! They remind me of my trip to Africa last year in March. I went to Namibia! It was awesome down there! This year Morocco is next and hopefully I’ll make it to Tanzania one day! 🙂

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