Attending the Adventure Travel World Summit in Salta, Argentina this October

I am a traveler who writes and a writer who travels. Born and raised in Zagreb, Croatia, I have lived, worked and traveled on all the continents, except Antarctica.

Based in New York since 1999 and now splitting time between New York and Croatia, I have worked in the travel space since 2000, first as an editor for Rough Guides and editorial director of ShermansTravel.com, before giving in to the call of the open road and going freelance in 2004.

I have since worked as an author on 20+ guidebooks and penned hundreds of articles for a variety of print and online publications. While I have covered a range of beats over the years – from food and spas to outdoor adventure and music, I have a real passion for sustainable and transformative travel and love unearthing the unusual in offbeat destinations.

I often joke that my life is all about having once-in-a-lifetime experiences on a regular basis. Assignments have led me to a colorful array of adventures. I got lost in the Bolivian jungle, danced at a Santeria ceremony in the shanties of Havana, climbed the highest volcano in Cape Verde and got stuck between borders of Peru and Bolivia during a coca peasants’ road block.

Other passions have included dancing tango (which led me to a three-months stint in Buenos Aires, where all I did was dance at milongas) and writing and performing poetry at cafes and clubs around New York. I even had a beautiful broadside published by Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn back in 2004; it was letter-pressed and hand-colored in only 50 copies, some of which still randomly pop up on sale at bookseller sites like Caliban Book Shop.

I have hosted several Lonely Planet travel videos, taught travel writing at Mediabistro and worked as an undercover hotel reviewer for Conde Nast Traveler and The New York Times. I am the contributing editor for the Americas for Preferred Travel magazine and on the masthead of Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, a British literary journal magazine hybrid.

I frequently speak about travel and hospitality at events worldwide, such as the New York Travel Festival, Weekend Media Festival in Croatia and the Boutique Hospitality Conference in Athens, Greece.

I appeared on screen as a travel expert in the award-winning Gringo Trails documentary, which explores the long-term cultural and environmental effects of global travel and sustainable tourism practices; it has been shown at festivals and screenings in over 25 countries.

The most humbling and horizon-shifting journey of my life so far has been motherhood. His name means truth in Swahili, he has three passports, speaks three languages and has the heart as big as the globe. He is my only antidote to wanderlust.

As an editor, I’ve asked Anja to take on some of the most challenging, complex projects I’ve ever had to assign. And what has consistently amazed me is not only how creatively she approaches the work—she’s essentially an ideas machine—but how quickly she turns everything around. In fact, I can’t imagine the project or deadline that would faze her.

Abbie Kozolchyk, author of The World's Most Romantic Destinations (by National Geographic)

2016 NATJA Category: Destination Travel, Online Publication
Bronze Award – “Zagreb’s Secret Courtyards” – BBC Travel
North American Travel Journalists Association

2016 NATJA Category: Special Focus Travel Articles – Internet: Lifestyle
Silver Award – “Zagreb’s Secret Courtyards” – BBC Travel
North American Travel Journalists Association

2015 SATW Eastern Chapter Writing and Photo Contest Category: Single Destination
First Place – “Learning to Love Zagreb” – The Washington Post
Society of American Travel Writers – Eastern Chapter

2015 NATJA Category: Travel Roundups – Online
Silver Award – “Restored Village Retreats” – Departures
North American Travel Journalists Association

2013 Lowell Thomas Award Category: Short Article on Travel
Bronze Award – “Starry-Eyed in Chile’s Atacama Desert” – BBC Travel
Society of American Travel Writers Foundation

2012 NATJA Category: Destination Travel, Domestic Newspaper
Gold Award – “In Croatia, Retreating into Her Past” – The Washington Post
North American Travel Journalists Association

2012 NATJA Category: Eco, Environmental or Special Purpose Travel
Silver Award – “In Croatia, Retreating into Her Past” – The Washington Post
North American Travel Journalists Association

2012 NATJA Category: Leisure Activity
Bronze Award – “In Croatia, Retreating into Her Past” – The Washington Post
North American Travel Journalists Association

2011 IFWTWA Professional Journalism
Scholarship Award – “Falling in Love with Truffles on Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula” – The Washington Post
International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Associations

The travel writer Anja Mutic discusses her conflicted feelings on reporting about less-traversed areas; adding a location to a guidebook can cause it to be overrun.

Ben Kenigsberg for The New York Times, about Gringo Trails
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