Daisann McLane

of National Geographic Traveler

National Geographic Traveler Contributing Editor Daisann McLane is an award-winning travel writer and photographer. The North American Travel Journalist's Association recently voted McLane "Travel Columnist of the Year." Her book, Cheap Hotels (Taschen), won the Lowell Thomas Gold Award for best travel book. She was the New York Times' Frugal Travel columnist for six years, and has written about travel, culture, food and politics for numerous publications including the International Herald Tribune, Travel + Leisure, Departures, Slate.com, Conde Nast Traveler, Rolling Stone, and Vogue.

McLane splits her time between Hong Kong and Brooklyn, New York.

A new coat of paint and a new lease on life for ramshackle buildings transformed into guesthouses in Old Bangkok…

“Every traveler has a special place, a home away from home,” says National Geographic Traveler editor at large Daisann McLane. “Old Bangkok is mine.” Here’s her insider’s guide to preparing for your trip and what you should do and see once you’re on the ground to experience the rich culture of everyday Thai life.

I may be the only person crossing the border into Ciudad del Este who isn’t here to buy or sell stuff on the sly. Instead, I’m chasing something else: the fun of lowbrow travel.

Traveling at the wrong time, against the clock and calendar, isn’t always the easiest or most comfortable ride. But the destination will be yours, and yours alone.

Traditional resorts wrap their guests in a cozy blanket of the familiar, filtering out risk, chance, surprises — in other words, the very things that draw many to travel in the first place. Here’s a peek at the other side.

I’ve been writing the Real Travel column in every issue of National Geographic Traveler for almost ten years–long before the magazine (and my column) made the move online. I thought it would be fun to re-visit some of those older, print-only columns from time to time, here on the blog. This one–I call it Sleeping…

Today in the New York Times there’s an interview between me and Seth Kugel, the NYT Frugal Traveler. (Full disclosure: I was the NYT Frugal Traveler, from 1998 to 2004). The topic? That perennial one: Is it harder to travel when you’re a woman? Regular readers of my Real Travel column might have noticed that…

In the spirit of the hyper-local, Daisann McLane gives you a personal guided day tour of her super-walkable neighborhood. All the following sights, eats and activities are within a 15 minute walk of her nearest subway station, the Q/B stop at 7th Avenue, Brooklyn.

I split my year between Hong Kong and New York, and just got back to my Brooklyn apartment a couple of weeks ago. Of course I’m feeling discombobulated–brutal jet lag and all–but I think that’s a good thing. One of the advantages of never completely settling into a place is that you never get a…

As readers of my Real Travel column in National Geographic Traveler already know, I’m not much of a fan of cold-weather travel spots. Since I started traveling around the world, I’ve always been drawn to the hot and steamy places. So as the temperatures here on the East Coast of the U.S. pushed past the…