Natalie Compton began her journalism career in 2015 while living in Southeast Asia. She’s 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, and more. The California native is currently a staff travel reporter for the Washington Post’s new 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

GQ – Why Your Trip to Tokyo Should Be All About the Whisky

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

VICE – How to Eat Like a Muay Thai Fighter

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

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

Washington Post – New Orleans’s best hidden treasure is its Mardi Gras Indians

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

GQ – You Should Go to Finland to Sauna Like a Nordic God 

Full portfolio available here.  

Television appearances

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


KTVU San Francisco interview on TSA-approved food for your carry-on bag, following this Washington Post piece.

Radio interviews 

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

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

KOMO Seattle radio interview on TSA-approved food for your carry-on bag, following this Washington Post piece.