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Natalia Lusinski

Writer & editor -- travel, personal finance, personal essay, dating, & lifestyle topics.

Hello! Below, you'll find a small sampling of my work, organized by category.
I’m a writer and editor specializing in travel, personal finance, personal essay, dating, and lifestyle topics.

I write for Bustle, as well as freelance regularly for various outlets, such as Business Insider.

***Both of these Business Insider pieces have received more than 1.1 million views: “12 clever ways to save money every day, according to financial experts” & “7 signs someone is in love with you — even if it doesn’t seem like it”***

In addition, my article, “I’ve flown at least once a month for the last year — here are 17 things I never travel without,” has received about 550,000 views.

(You can find the links below.)

My writing has also appeared in places such as Forbes, Yahoo, MSN, INSIDER, Inc., Thrive Global, The Independent, Betterment, Health, xoJane, Marie Claire UK, Scary Mommy, Elite Daily, The Daily Dot, Purple Clover, HelloGiggles, Mic, Simplemost, LearnVest, Financial Review, and the SFGATE, L.A. Times, and Chicago Tribune's RedEye.

In addition, I’ve had feel-good nonfiction stories published in several Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies.

You can contact me at [email protected] regarding work-related topics — or just to say hi. :)

P.S. As a digital nomad, I blog about travel at NomadicNatalia.com (see link below).
See you on the road!

Portfolio

Travel

Bustle
06/27/2019
How I Visited Iceland Like A Local For Under $400

The temperature of the beach water felt like a lukewarm hot tub around my feet, far warmer than the 50-degree Fahrenheit temperature permeating the air around me. It was a comforting feeling; I never wanted to leave. Unlike many beaches in Iceland -...

Mic
04/23/2019
What I learned when I took a two-week cross-country road trip alone

Back in October, I had to get my car from Chicago to L.A.... and it was all the DMV's fault. In California, your car has to pass a smog test each year, and since I'd been living abroad for nearly two years, I was a bit overdue. I tried thinking of...

Mic
04/24/2019
How to figure out if you're a group travel tour person

Let's say you want to take a trip to Spain this summer. Your best friend was going to go with you, but now can't. You can go alone... or you can look into going with a group travel company. Of course, there are pros and cons to both scenarios. I'm...

Business Insider
08/05/2018
10 tips for planning the perfect staycation

A staycation is a perfect getaway from your daily life - and it costs much less money and time than a regular vacation. Whether you decide to stay local or explore a nearby area you've never visited, here are 10 easy ways to plan the perfect staycation this summer.

RedEye Chicago
04/15/2015
No rent: My life as a couch-surfer

It's not a new concept. I've found places through the decade-old couchsurfing.com, a global hospitality and homestay network in which hosts open up their homes to guests free of charge. I've also found couches through friends and their friends, a lot of times through Facebook. No matter what, I don't pay a dime in rent.

Simplemost
05/26/2016
SleepBus, The New (And Fun) Way To Get Between L.A. And San Francisco

Now, all your sleeping-on-a-long-bus-trip dreams have come true-at least, if you're going from L.A. to San Francisco or vice-versa. Introducing SleepBus. SleepBus started in late April and a one-way trip is just $48 (for now-it's expected to go up to $65), cheaper (and more fun, I think) than a flight.

Money & Career

Business Insider
07/21/2018
12 clever ways to save money every day, according to financial experts

Money-saving tactics can often be unrealistic or forced. There are easy ways to spend and save money every day, like removing stored credit card numbers, implementing a 48-hour rule for spending, and tracking every expense. Here are 12 unusual ways you can save money every day.

Yahoo
03/26/2017
Lin-Manuel Miranda didn't get his first credit card until he was 28

Lin-Manuel Miranda is a superstar to us, but we just learned something surprising about the actor/composer: Lin-Manuel Miranda didn't get his first credit card until he was 28 (!), reported The Washington Post. Riiiight?! "There is so much I wish I knew about money when I was first starting out my adult life, but in particular, the importance of building good credit," Miranda told Morgan Stanley.

Business Insider
04/29/2019
8 ways to talk to your partner about money, especially when you just started dating

It's important to discuss finances with your partner early in your relationship, financial planners say. But talking about money doesn't always come easily, so we asked financial experts the best ways to broach the subject. You should do your homework before you bring up finances, they said, and frame questions in a way that makes it a two-way conversation.

Bustle
01/29/2019
20 Productivity Tips That Experts Swear By

When it comes to productivity, it's often easy to get distracted - your phone may beep endlessly with notifications or you may have a coworker who constantly stops by your desk. You may implement various tactics to get things done, from disabling...

Business Insider
01/14/2019
7 lessons I never forgot from the best bosses I ever had

A good boss shows you the ropes of your industry and guides you in achieving your long-term goals. Though you may have had both good and bad bosses, you've most likely walked away with valuable lessons that have stuck with you from a memorable boss.

Bustle
12/26/2018
17 Women Reveal Their Money Goals For The New Year

Whether you had unexpected expenses and want to start a side hustle or just want to have more money to put into savings, there are all kinds of money goals to make in 2019. And, the thing is, whether you're single or married, managing your money is...

Learnvest
I Was $10K in Debt From Credit Cards. So I Stopped Using Them

We all have regrets - money regrets, that is. But, like all mistakes, we wouldn't be who - or where - we are today without them. In our "Money Fails" series, real people share how they bounced back from financial slip-ups, and what they learned along the way.

Business Insider
03/23/2017
13 women in their 20s and 30s reveal what they waste their money on

Money is a feminist issue - and yet, women are still reluctant to talk about it. According to a recent Bustle survey of more than 1,000 millennial women, more than 50 percent of people said they never discuss personal finances with friends, even though 28 percent reported feeling stressed out about money every single day.

Don't Waste Your Money
01/31/2017
9 Simple Ways To Save Even More Money When Flying Southwest

If you're like a lot of people, you love flying Southwest. Not only can you check two bags-for free!-but you can also choose your own seat based on their open seating system. But aside from those well-known perks, there are a few more pluses to flying with Southwest that you may not know about.

Dating, Relationships, & Sex

Business Insider
02/15/2019
21 people reveal why they don't use dating apps - and how they meet people instead

Dating apps are now a common way to meet people, though there are many who prefer not to use them. People have various reasons for not using them, from saying they're a waste of time to preferring natural, in-person chemistry. Here, 21 people reveal why they don't use dating apps- and how they meet people instead.

Bustle
12/27/2018
13 Women Share Their Dating Goals For 2019

The New Year is less than a week away, which for some means setting goals for 2019, whether they're about career, health, money, etc. After all, if you feel the drive to, the New Year can be a time to refresh many areas of your life, including your...

Business Insider
05/29/2018
7 signs someone is in love with you - even if it doesn't seem like it

Sometimes, it's tough to tell if someone is in love with you. However, some relationship experts believe that there are ways to tell if someone has stronger feelings than you may realize. With a bit of detective work, you can look for behaviors that indicate that a person secretly loves you.

Marie Claire
09/18/2017
Demi Lovato Shared Why She Doesn't Talk About Her Sexuality

Words by Natalia Lusinski From the editors of HelloGiggles Demi Lovato has been in the news a lot lately. She keeps releasing new songs, and we cannot get enough of them. Now, however, Demi Lovato shared why she doesn't talk about her sexuality in interviews, reports Teen Vogue.

Business Insider
05/25/2018
9 terms that define modern dating

Dating these days comes with its own unique terminology. Ghosting, breadcrumbing, and gaslighting are all relationship phenomena people could run into when trying to find their next partner. Here are nine terms, from a relationship expert, that define modern dating.

Bustle
12/01/2017
What Sex And Dating Is Really Like For Women With HPV

You may think you're immune to HPV - however, if you've ever had sex, even just once, you're a candidate for it. And, it's a lot more common than you think. If there were an STI popularity contest, it would win - it's the most common STI in the Unite...

The Daily Dot
03/27/2015
Why I don't Google-stalk my dates | The Daily Dot

In this cyberstalkable age, I don't Google stalk my dates in advance. Whether I met the guy through friends, at a party, or online, I prefer getting to know him as the actual person sitting across from me versus whom I read about on my laptop via an Internet search.

Personal Essay

Bustle
12/12/2018
How I Cope With Grief Over The Holidays After My Grandma's Death

"Nat, if you run down the hall, you can still catch him," my 93-year-old grandma said to me from her hospital bed. "Who?" I asked. "My new doctor," she said. "He's a very good-looking young man. He reminds me of my George Clooney." She had a thing...

Elite Daily
07/27/2016
How A Coldplay Concert Gave Me The Courage To Begin The Grieving Process

I've always loved Coldplay, but during this week's concert in Chicago, I became an even bigger fan. They were able to do for me what no one else has been able to do thus far: Help me grieve and mourn the loss of my best friend, my grandma. Her death happened suddenly.

Purple Clover
05/06/2017
The Breakup Date

One of the best dates I had with my boyfriend, Matt, was our last. We called it our "Breakup Date" and went to see Paul McCartney at Dodger Stadium in LA. We laughed one second, cried the next-like a very long therapy session.

Elephant Journal
08/15/2016
How Nightly Walks Help Me Grieve.

“How will you ever find a boyfriend wearing that?” my 93-year-old grandma asked me as I stood before her in the nursing home.

HelloGiggles
09/27/2014
What I Learned From Writing Other People's Online Dating Profiles

Most of us online date-but many of us don't know how to market ourselves. After a while, all the profiles sound the same, full of similar clichés and adjectives. "Looking for a partner in crime," "Are you my other half?" and, my favorite, "I like candlelit dinners, sunsets and walks on the beach" (yes, people still say that!).

HelloGiggles
02/01/2015
What I learned from dating someone with a drinking problem

I was holding a plastic tray full of miniature bottles of alcohol-including SKYY Vodka, Beefeater Gin and Johnnie Walker-as part of my Halloween costume. I was a 1970s retro stewardess. My bowl of peanuts was still full, but all the bottles were nearly empty. I watched as my then-boyfriend chugged the last one.

Elite Daily
02/26/2015
Don't Kiss And Tell: 12 Pieces Of Dating Advice From My Grandma

Growing up, my grandma was never short of advice for me, especially about dating. And, as much as I refused to listen, she ended up being right. Since she dated a lot before she got married - "Many men tried to court me before your grandpa caught me" - and stayed married for almost 40 years, I figured her tips had merit.

HelloGiggles
10/20/2014
How I quit texting (and became a better friend)

When people find out I don't text, they look at me with a mixture of shock and pity like something's wrong with me, as though I live in a land foreign to them. The thing is, I used to text. A lot.

Scary Mommy
05/26/2015
The Time I Was An Online Dating Coach ... For My Mom

"Nat, it's an emergency," my 66-year-old mother's voice said as I listened to her phone message outside of my office. After she called five times in a row, I figured it was important and snuck out of work to hear it. I feared her next sentence.

HelloGiggles
10/08/2014
That time I had to sign a relationship prenup

There seem to be two kinds of people in the world: pro-prenup and against. It took a friend of mine months to finalize her divorce because she and her husband disagreed on what was "hers" versus "his," while another friend's ex tossed his belongings out the front door in black Hefty bags, citing their prenuptial agreement.

Mental Health

Bustle
03/15/2019
Mandy Moore's Self-Care Routine Is Incredibly Relatable

Wellness seems to be at the forefront of many people's minds these days, whether that means practicing more self-care or creating healthier habits. Mandy Moore is no stranger to this, so she partnered with supplements brand Nature's Way for the brand's 50th anniversary to help spread the message of wellness at their event Anaheim, CA.

Bustle
10/12/2015
What Dating Is Like When You Have OCD

I'm on a date, and we're sharing some homemade potato chips at a cool new cafe in town. He drops a chip on the table and then EATS IT. I watch this in slow motion, repulsed and trying not to make a disgusted face.

Bustle
01/11/2019
Here's How Experts Say Dry January Can Benefit Your Health

With January almost halfway over, you may be focusing more on wellness goals, including Dry January. Of course, there are many ways a month without alcohol can benefit your health. "For many people, having a glass of wine, beer, or a cocktail can be...

Bustle
01/10/2019
7 Apps That'll Help You Boost Your Self-Care Game

Suprijono Suharjoto/Stocksy With 2019 here, self-care may be among the goals you have for the New Year, and rightfully so. After all, keeping yourself feeling healthy, mentally speaking, is important for your overall wellbeing. Luckily, self-care can mean many things: meditating, doing yoga, seeing a therapist regularly, running, or any other thing that makes you feel relaxed and a better version of you.

Simplemost
12/26/2016
5 Conditions That Can Be Mistaken For Depression

You may know someone who is clinically depressed or you may suffer from depression yourself. However, there are several disorders that resemble depression that shouldn't be overlooked.

Simplemost
09/23/2015
Simple Ways To Fight Common Anxiety Without Medication

Stress and anxiety. Who doesn't have them, right? It seems that the older we get, the more there is to worry about. Paying rent turns into paying a mortgage, getting engaged turns into planning a wedding, and changing jobs turns into way more responsibility.

Simplemost
11/05/2015
3 Ways Chocolate Can Help People With Anxiety

Chocolate can help anxiety? It's true - in moderation, at least, and most studies suggest dark chocolate, not milk or white. A few years ago, researchers even tested the theory out on 30 people (11 men and 19 women), 13 of whom tested as "high anxiety" and 17 as "low

Simplemost
12/05/2016
Feeling Anxious? 10 Products To Help Calm You Down

With the holidays right around the corner, even the most relaxed people can start to feel a little stressed. And if you or someone you know suffers from anxiety, the frenetic holiday season can make things even more challenging. We could all use some help calming down at times, right?

Feel-Good

The Delite
09/22/2016
Boy Grows His Hair Out For A Girl With Cancer, And Our Hearts Just Melted

Get ready for your heart to melt. 10-year-old Thomas Moore spent the last two years growing out his hair so that he could donate it to a girl with cancer. Two years of combing and brushing and braiding his ever-growing locks. And, a couple weeks ago, Moore got it cut.

HelloGiggles
11/08/2015
These nurses sing 'Frozen' to their brave little patient, make our lives

Grab some Kleenex, because this is going to make you cry. We already know nurses are remarkable human beings, and this group of them only proves our point when they sang "Let It Go" to three-year-old Millie McColl, who was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastom (a nerve cell cancer) this past June.

The Delite
02/06/2017
Need Advice? This 12-Year-Old May Have Your Answer

We could all use some therapeutic advice now and then, right? We may be depressed or need help with an issue we're struggling with. Maybe we get that advice from family and friends, maybe from a therapist or-in one unique case- maybe from a tween on a subway station. That's

Lifestyle

Business Insider
06/07/2018
12 ways your smartphone is making your life worse

The smartphone has changed our lives for the better in some ways, but it definitely has its drawbacks, too. Smartphone use could be negatively impacting your sleep, relationships, and productivity. Here, a clinical psychologist weighs in about the many negative impact smartphones have on our lives.

Yahoo
01/06/2018
Betty White's secrets for a long life are vodka and hot dogs

ICYMI, Betty White will turn 96 on January 17th. She never fails to give us #lifegoals. Now, we just heard the most amazing fact about the actress extraordinaire. According to Vulture, Betty White thanks vodka and hot dogs for keeping her young. Yup, she's ~definitely~ our kind of girl!

MSN
03/04/2017
Here's how often you should ACTUALLY wash your jeans

If you're like us, jeans are one of those clothing items we should wash more, but often don't. But here's how often you should actually wash your jeans, according to Business Insider. But before we get to the news, any guesses? Weekly? Monthly? Whenever you remember to or feel like it?

Yahoo
12/17/2017
This woman finished her final exams while in labor, and she deserves an A+

A lot of us probably remember our final exams from college - all the late nights studying, hoping we'll remember everything we learned for the day of the big test. So. Much. Pressure. Now, imagine that pressure at nine months pregnant. This woman is going viral for finishing her finals while in labor.

Yahoo
08/28/2016
We love everything about this cake that features a Ken doll in a dress

Most people have had the pleasure of trying out a Barbie doll cake, either at their own birthday or at a friend's party. But few people have ever had a Ken doll cake... until now. Recently, Sacramento-based Freeport Bakery just made such a cake - and it's was so unique we can't take our eyes off of it.

Bustle
01/20/2017
13 Women's Equality Quotes For Your Women's March Sign

'Tis the season, and night, to make a sign for the Women's March on Washington on Saturday. After all, there's still time to take a stand for what you believe in and put pen to poster board. There are several women's equality quotes for your Women's

Pop Culture

Yahoo
09/03/2017
Justin Bieber just made a big cash donation to Hurricane Harvey relief

Not only does Justin Bieber's music capture our hearts, but so do his charitable acts. This weekend, for instance, Justin Bieber made a big donation to Hurricane Harvey relief. Bieber posted about it on Instagram, and said he's doing the Kevin Hart challenge for celebrities to donate to the cause after all the catastrophic flooding.

Yahoo
02/05/2017
Fans of "Star Wars" should get ready to LOL at this new comedy

ICYMI, Star Wars fans are some of the most dedicated - if not the most dedicated - fans around. Now, fans of Star Wars should get ready to LOL at this new comedy, which is being made all about them, reported CinemaBlend. The comedy? A new film, The Line Kings, that'll start shooting in L.A.

Yahoo
08/07/2016
Did Leonardo DiCaprio just win a medal at the Olympics??

Leonardo DiCaprio Brady Ellison won a silver medal for Team USA in archery on August 6. Yep, at first glance, Ellison could be mistaken for none other than Leonardo DiCaprio, and Twitter definitely noticed: The two men do have a few things in common. "I'm excited, I'm happy," Ellison said.

Yahoo
02/18/2017
Here's Demi Lovato doing jiu-jitsu, because this chick can literally do anything

Just when we thought Demi Lovato couldn't top her Grammy Awards performance from last week, she did. Below, here's Demi Lovato doing jiu-jitsu, reported People, because this chick can literally do anything. ICYMI, Lovato's been open about mental illness, as well as about overcoming eating disorders, and she proves again and again that's she's a fighter.

Animals

Yahoo
09/18/2016
Cats are now into cosplay because the world needs some extra amazingness

We all know there's a ton of Insta and Snapchat filters out there for people, and cosplay (aka costume play) is ever popular. But now your cat can join in on all the fun, too. After all, why should they be left out? With @ValiantComics and @Cat_Cosplay, cats will take on a whole new persona.

Yahoo
01/22/2017
This man looks and dresses like his dog, and is our hero

We can all use some light and fluffy news rn, right? This man looks and dresses like his dog, Cosmopolitan.com reported, and he's our new hero. So if you need some cheering up, you ~have to~ take a look. But what, what, whaaaaat?! Why is he twinning with his dog?

The Delite
03/14/2016
This Penguin Swims 5,000 Miles Every Year To See The Man Who Saved His Life

Love stories aren't just limited to people-sometimes, they involve a person and a penguin. If you ever doubted that animals form an undeniable bond with humans, this story will make you a believer. Since 2011, a South American Magellanic penguin has swam approximately 5,000 miles a year to see Joao

Simplemost
04/22/2016
This Is The Cutest Pig-Dog Friendship, Ever

Some say that dogs are a man's best friend, but when you see the pictures below, you will soon be convinced than dogs are a pig's best friend, too-at least, if you're a pig named Olive (aka Oliveira Buttercup) in Glenorie, Australia.

Simplemost
02/24/2017
Alaskan Fisherman Feeding Bald Eagles Is Giving Us Serious Life Goals

There's been a video circulating online recently of an Alaskan fisherman feeds a bunch of bald eagles, and it's giving us serious life goals. In case you missed it, Jessie Peck posted the video back in 2013 with the caption "Just another day in Alaska," and it shows the fisherman

Simplemost
01/25/2017
22 Way-Too-Cute Photos Of Cats Hanging Out With Dogs

We all know dogs are cuddly, so who wouldn't want to sleep on or next to them? Apparently, cats and kittens agree, as you'll soon see. Get ready for cuteness overload. Who says cats and dogs don't get along? These 22 adorable partnerships definitely prove that theory wrong. 1.

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