About Me

Photo of Susan Portnoy, The Insatiable Traveler
Photo: Christopher Michel

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

I created The Insatiable Traveler to celebrate the magic of world travel. I share my adventures by combining 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.

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 passion, all in one.

A Little About Me 

I am a mid-western girl (Michigan to be exact) at heart who considers herself a New York native after living over 20+ years in Manhattan. Once a very successful Corporate Communications executive at Condé Nast, I was laid off and began a freelance career. But something nagged at me, and a few years later I threw caution to the wind and made the scary choice of leaving PR to indulge my love of travel and photography as a freelance travel photographer, writer, and blogger.  It’s been a challenging journey but one I believe will make me happy for the long haul.

My hope is to become independently wealthy, travel the world for six months out of every year, and share my adventures along the way. However, that’s not as easy as it sounds so I travel as often I can and make pictures along the way.

My Work

In addition to The Insatiable Traveler, you’ll find my work in Newsweek.com, Adventure.com, Travel Weekly, Business Insider’s “The Insider”, Green Global Travel, Jaunted, Mashable, One.org, PopSugar, Solo Traveler, The Globe & Mail, US News & World Report and Wendy Perrin, among others. (My Bylines)

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.)

Featured by Newsweek’s Instagram Feed


The Insatiable Traveler has been featured in..


Photo District News Award for “Animal Portrait” in “Faces” 

Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)

SATW Lowell Thomas Honorable mention for The Insatiable Traveler received for best Travel Blog in 2017

Silver Lowell Thomas Award for “Photo Illustration of Travel” from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) – 2018 for “The Thrill of Canada’s only Polar Bear Walking Photo Safari

Bronze Lowell Thomas Award for “Photo Illustration of Travel” from the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)- 2018 “Behind the Scenes of a Rodeo and What Makes Cowboys Tick”

2017–“Photographing Kazakh Mongolians and the Importance of Tea

2016–“15 Incredible Photos of a Tribe You’ve Probably Never Heard Of” 

Muster Photo Competition

Gold Award for Action and Adventure 2918

Silver & Bronze Muster Photo Award for People Portrait 2017

Silver Muster Photo Award for People General 2017

Muster Merit Award for Cultural 2017

My Photographic Portfolio

Other nods

Discover Corp’s “17 of the Top Travel Bloggers to Follow in 2017.”

My photos have 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.

Commercial Work | Branded Content

Washington Post Brand Studio (Client: Destination Canada)

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

Great Escapes: Six Small Towns Worth Exploring in QuébecEscape to

Living History in Québec City: Experience the Rich Medley of One City’s Cultural Influences

Canadian Badlands Tourism Board 

Finding Fossils with Wendy Slobado the Canadian Badlands’ Legendary Dinosaur Hunter

International Expeditions (Amazon River Cruise)

This Amazon River Cruise Will Make You Yearn to be on the Water

Tully Luxury Travel

Consulting on website content, content, and development of the African Dream’s Division newsletter

Brand Packaging

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

Kate Spade Candles


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 unsolicited sponsored posts or links


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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)

65 replies »

  1. Great photos of Saba in the article: Saba: The Greatest Little Island You Never Heard Of .
    A small note: The correct local name for Zions Hill is Hellsgate.
    Hellsgate is a sailors term for a location that has both the wind and current against you.
    It is an accurate description of the sea conditions North of the airport and Green Island. (The small Island the plane flies over when landing.)
    Zions Hill is used for tourists so they will not be offended, since most are not sailors who would know the term or meaning.
    Again, a great article also.

    • Hi Christopher, thank you for your thoughtful commentary. I really appreciate that you read the piece and liked it.

      In regard to Zions Hill.. The reason I spoke to it specifically was to discuss the myriad of curves leading up to Windwardside. The tourism bureau communicated that this would be considered Zions Hill. Do you feel they are incorrect?

  2. 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. 😀

  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.

  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. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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/

  8. 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 🙂

  9. 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 🙂

  10. 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. :))

  11. 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. 🙂

  12. 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.

  13. 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)..

  14. 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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