Elaine Glusac is the Frugal Traveler columnist for The New York Times travel section and a freelance writer. Among her many awards, she was named Travel Journalist of the Year in 2019 by the Society of American Traveler Writers. She is based in Chicago and also writes for AARP, AFAR, the Chicago Tribune, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Virtuoso Life. She is also a map lover, winter chaser, and practitioner of Buddhism, especially at 30,000 feet. She is on Instagram @eglusac, Twitter @elaineglusac and the web at elaineglusac.com.