Natalie Compton began her journalism career in 2015 while living in Southeast Asia. She’s since written for national and international outlets, including GQ, VICE, Los Angeles Times, WIRED, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Playboy, The Independent, Departures, Los Angeles Magazine, and Food Network, among others. Additionally, her photography has been published by USA Today, PUNCH, Edible, and more. The California native is currently a staff travel reporter for the Washington Post’s travel destination, By The Way.

Nat in Tokyo. Photo by Irwin Wong.

Favorite Work

Washington Post – How to survive 12 hours in an airport

WIRED – Inside the Bulletproof Coffee Guy’s New Body-Hacking Gym

Playboy – A normal human’s guide to climbing Kilimanjaro

GQ – Now Is the Time to Go to Antarctica

Washington Post – This pandemic, I’m drinking through the souvenir wine I’ve collected since I was 14

LA Times – This chef is betting that people in Hong Kong will learn to love Mexicali food

Washington Post – Is entirely contactless travel possible? I planned a trip to find out.

GQ – The Best and Worst (Okay, Mostly Worst) Edible Lingerie You Can Buy For Valentine’s Day

Bon Appétit – This Caffeinated Wine Came Way Before Four Loko

LA Times – L.A. Affairs: A romance that began on a plane didn’t survive the landing

Washington Post – A Tale of Two Mardi Gras

GQ – Puglia: Where to Eat in Italy’s Most Overlooked Food Destination

Washington Post – 7 lessons I learned while traveling by myself

Full portfolio available here.  

On-air appearances

CTV News interview on the rise of pandemic travel shaming. September 2020.

CTV interview on Travel Shamin

KTVU San Francisco interview on flight attendants’ experiences working during the pandemic. August 2020.

Natalie Compton KTVU appearance

BBC World News America interview on the do’s and don’ts of airplane seat reclining. July 2019. 

KTVU San Francisco interview on TSA-approved food for your carry-on bag. November 2019.


Radio interviews 

WGN Chicago interview with Matt Bubala on the rise of travel shaming in the pandemic.

TBS eFM’s “This Morning,” an English-language radio program in Seoul, Korea interview on finding an ethical animal sanctuary.

KCRW, LA’s NPR station, program “Press Play” interview following this Wired story on biohacking gyms.

KOMO Seattle radio interview on TSA-approved food for your carry-on bag.

KLDR Dallas radio interview on the experience of flight attendants during the pandemic.

KGO San Francisco radio interview on how to pack during the pandemic.

iHeartMedia’s “The Daily Dive” podcast interview on getting tested for coronavirus to travel. 

SiriusXM The Press Pool radio interview on the experience of flight attendants during the pandemic.

Panelist for KQED radio San Francisco segment on how to fly during the pandemic.

ESPN podcast “The Right Time with Bomani Jones” segment on tips for cancelling a flight.