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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 & Mic, 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., The Independent, Betterment, Health, xoJane, Marie Claire UK, Scary Mommy, Elite Daily, The Daily Dot, Purple Clover, HelloGiggles, Simplemost, LearnVest, Financial Review, and the L.A. Times, SFGATE, 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 (see link below).
See you on the road!



Business Insider
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
No rent: My life as a couch-surfer

It's not a new concept. I've found places through the decade-old, 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.

These Marble Caves In Chile Look Unreal

You may have read about going to Patagonia in guide books. From hiking to seeing unique wildlife, such as the red Culpeo fox, it's definitely a place on my travel bucket list. Now, we found an added reason to go there-to check out the Marble Caves in Chile.

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.


Business Insider
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.

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.

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.

Don't Waste Your Money
Download These 5 Mobile Apps To Make Extra Money Using Your Smartphone

We could all use some extra cash, right? How would you like to make money without even leaving your house? We know we would! There are companies that will pay you to watch movies and listen to music, or you can earn so-called " Swagbacks " by taking surveys and participating in focus groups.

Business Insider
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.

7 Women Reveal The Money Issues That Ruined Their Relationship

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 thou...

Don't Waste Your Money
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.

Business Insider
22 real 20-somethings explain why they choose to save money, even when things are tight

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.

Dating, Relationships, & Sex

Business Insider
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
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
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.

11 Dating Resolutions To Make In 2018

With 2018 a few days away, it's the perfect time to reassess your dating life. By making a few New Year's dating resolutions, it could mean the difference between continually falling into the same dating patterns - that may not have your best interes...

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
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.

Business Insider
If you take hormonal birth control, you need to know about this new study

The INSIDER Summary: * A recent study suggests some hormonal contraceptives are linked to depression. * Women who used hormonal birth control had a higher risk of being prescribed antidepressants. If you've recently started a new hormonal , according to a major new study by JAMA Psychiatry, reported The Huffington Post.

Personal Essay

Elite Daily
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
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
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.

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!).

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
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.

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
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.

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

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.

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.

Stop A Panic Attack With These 5 Easy Steps

Chances are, we've all had a panic attack at some point or know someone who has-your heart races, you can barely breathe or catch your breath, and you (obviously) panic. Maybe you suffer from anxiety and have them often, maybe you've only had one in your life. However many

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.

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

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?


The Delite
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.

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
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


Business Insider
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.

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!

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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, 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
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

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.

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

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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