Credits & Awards
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Publication credits:

Air Italy
American Way
AOL Travel
Baltimore Sun
Best Life
Bon Appetit
Budget Travel
Caribbean Travel & Life
Celebrated Living
Chicago Mapguide (guidebook)
Chicago Tribune
Coastal Living
Conde Nast Traveler
Cooking Light
Cottage Living
Dallas Morning News
Delta Sky
Departures UK
Destinations Weddings & Honeymoons
DK Top 10 Eyewitness Guide to Chicago
Eating Well
Family Circle
Family Fun
Food & Wine
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Home & Away
In Style
International Herald Tribune
Islands Weddings & Honeymoons
Michigan Avenue
Midwest Home Chicago
Midwest Living
Modern Bride
The National
National Geographic Adventure
National Geographic Traveler
Neiman Marcus’ The Book
New York Post
New York Times
N by Norwegian
Private Clubs
Reader’s Digest
Real Simple
Robb Report
Southwest Spirit
Taschen books
Travel + Leisure
Virtuoso Life
Virtuoso Traveler
Visa Black Card
Wall Street Journal
Woman’s Day
Women Outside
Women’s Sports & Fitness
Women’s Wear Daily


GOLD MEDALIST, Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year 2019 from the Society of American Travel Writers. According to the judges: “Elaine Glusac’s portfolio demonstrates a mastery of every form of travel writing, from a breaking news story about the FAA’s refusal to regulate airline seats to beautifully written features about her adventures in under-frequented spots on the globe. Glusac caters to the inveterate traveler with plenty of practical tips and suggestions for those who want to follow her footsteps. But her deeply reported and meticulously contextualized pieces also allow armchair travelers to gain an appreciation and understanding of places they might never visit.”

Silver Medalist, Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year 2018 from the Society of American Travel Writers. According to the judges: “Elaine Glusac digs a little deeper than most for that story that helps the would-be traveler make decisions, plan and prioritize. The implications of the Bermuda same-sex marriage ban on travel to the island and the unlikely culinary revival of Cleveland, to name just two, illustrate Glusac’s eye for the timely and topical. Her writing voice is that of the wide-open traveling companion who knows to sit at the bar, make friends and listen carefully for the story.”

2018 Lowell Thomas Honorable Mention: “A Cleveland Arts District Hustles and Rebounds” The New York Times

Travel Classics writer’s contest winner, 2018, for “Blood from Stones” on Arizona’s wine industry

North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) Gold Medal 2017 for “Mexican Crush” in Rhapsody magazine.

Lowell Thomas Silver from the Society of American Travel Writers in 2013 for “Where Time Stood Still,” a story on Myanmar for Private Clubs magazine. The  judges called it, “outstanding writing, combining history, culture and sightseeing.

I have won first places prizes in the annual NATJA writing competition, beginning in 2001 with Best Travel Writing for “Between the Virgins” in the Chicago Tribune. Others include a gold for “Treasure Islands,” the Nov. 2012 cover story of Budget Travel.

NATJA 2014 Golds went to “Ghost Towns, Puffins and Unspoiled Views” in the New York Times and “Economic Booster” about Newfoundland’s Fogo Island Inn for Private Clubs magazine.

NATJA Best Travel Writing for “In Texas, Monarchs Flutter and Admirals Alight,” in the New York Times, 2007

Media Appearances

Good Morning America

WGN Radio Chicago

The Itinerary podcast

Frommer’s Travel Show

The Charlie Brennan Show, KMOX St. Louis

RM World Travel Connection with Robert & Mary Carey and Rudy Maxa

The Natasha Hall Show, Montreal

Elaine has also been profiled by NATJA and Rolf Potts.


DK Eyewitness Top 10 Guide to Chicago
Mobil Travel Guides
Gold Guide: Chicago, Fodor’s Travel Publications
CityGuide Chicago, Fodor’s Travel Publications
Literary Trips: Following in the Footsteps of Fame, Greatest Escapes, 2000. “Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon” chapter.