Natalia Lusinski

Writer and editor specializing in travel, dating, personal finance, personal essay, and 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, dating, personal finance, personal essay, and lifestyle topics.

I write for Bustle, as well as freelance regularly for various outlets, such as Business Insider.
***Note: One of my recent Business Insider money articles has gotten more than 1 million views (see link below).***

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

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!

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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:...

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,...

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...


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...


What I Learned From Being On The TV Show 'Blind Date', Because Dating Is A lot Different When...

We all go on blind dates, but not all of us go on Blind Date, the TV show. You know, the one with the thought bubbles above daters' heads.

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...


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...

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...


IT HAPPENED TO ME: I Had Crippling OCD and Believed I Could "Catch" Cancer

After the tenth time I triggered my apartment's smoke detector from a frantic, germ-blasting, Jacuzzi-temperature shower, I knew things had gotten out of control. It was 2 a.m....


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...

Elephant Journal

Nocturnal Connections: How a Bout of Insomnia Led to the Most Unlikely of Friendships.

I couldn’t sleep—again—and my boyfriend, Alex, was asleep next to me when I first heard the noise: a pattering of footsteps across his hardwood floor.

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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...