Mark Johanson is an American travel writer, editor, blogger and photojournalist based in Santiago, Chile. Born in the usual way in a usual town in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., he penned his first travel book at the age of eight. It was written with a yellow Ticonderoga pencil on wide-ruled notebook paper, was called “The Geysers of Yellowstone,” and was to be the start of what he hoped would be an illustrious career.
Mark upgraded from a pencil to a laptop somewhere along the way, but his keen eye for a good story hasn’t changed. If anything, it was amplified by a case of itchy feet that spurred him to venture to more than 40 countries and territories around the world. His subsequent articles on travel, culture, food and the environment appeared in magazines like Newsweek, newspapers like The Guardian and global news outlets like CNN and BBC. He was also featured as a travel expert on radio outlets like NPR and in books like Travel Writing 2.0. He hunkered down in an urban jungle on the isle of Manhattan during a period of relative calm to serve as travel editor at International Business Times from 2011 to 2014, but is now back out on the road experiencing/enduring the wild world of freelance journalism.