All About Michael Luongo
Freelance Writer, Editor and Photographer

Well, I won't tell you all about me, just a little bit.

I love to travel, and to write or photograph all about it.  I have been to about 100 countries, and all 7 continents, and I have lived on 4 of those continents.

My writing and/or photography have appeared in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, Bloomberg News Muse Division, Budget Travel, Business Traveler, Travel Savvy, the Advocate, Out Traveler, Gay City News, Women's e-News, MAMM and numerous other publications.


My two favorite parts of the world to visit, explore and write and photograph on are Latin America and the Middle East, particularly the conflict zones within these regions. These regions welcome travelers like few places I have ever been to. Both areas leave something in your heart, giving you a longing sense that something is missing in life until you go back. One leaves you burning with the passion of her people, the other gives you a sense of hope in the face of any adversity, and charms you with enduring strength.

In 2003, I published a travel article in the New York Times on visiting Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. This groundbreaking work was the first post-war travel article on Afghanistan in a major U.S. newspaper.

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Since then, I have written on and visited Afghanistan a few times, as well as other countries, like Iraq, which most people consider off limits to tourism but are fascinating to visit.

Acknowledging that so many people want to be travel writers and only dream about it, I taught travel writing in New York City through the Gotham Writers Workshop and also at New York University.

I was also a lecturer at the University of Michigan, in the English Department Writing Program, after having completed the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship where my research looked at the role travel journalism plays in the redevelopment of the tourism sector in current and post-conflict zones and urban areas in transition. Afterwards, I taught for the University of Michigan's Shanghai program, called the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute.

I taught in Hong Kong at Lingnan University, serving as the Writer-in-Residence for the English Department. It was an amazing adventure to teach there, especially considering the former British colony's current turbulence.
Currently, I teach online for the University of California, Los Angeles.

Before the company was sold in 2008, I was a Senior Editor with Haworth Press, in charge of the Out in the World Series on gay and lesbian travel literature.  Within the imprint, I brought out Looking for Love in Faraway Places, an anthology about gay men who fell in love overseas, as well as the controversial Gay Travels in the Muslim World, the first and only gay American book ever translated into Arabic.

I also lived part-time in Buenos Aires, the glamorous capital of Argentina, to do the Frommer's Buenos Aires Guidebook and other writing and photography.  The book was always celebrated with a fantastic party at the Argentine Consulate, with hundreds of people attending this event of wine and tango. Our first time holding this event, in 2005, we had over 450 people attending, making it one of the largest book parties ever held in New York.  It was also the largest travel-themed event the Nation of Argentina ever held in New York, and Argentina's third largest event ever in New York.  Only a visit by the Argentine President and an Argentine Independence Day party had more attendees than my Frommer's Buenos Aires book event.  The party has also made the gossip pages of the the New York Post's Page 6, a distinction few travel writers can match! The Frommer's Buenos Aires book has become the best selling U.S. published guide to Buenos Aires and is purchased by about 1 out of 10 Americans heading to the Argentine capital.  If those people who purchase the book travel with one or two friends, then at least 20-30% of all Americans traveling to Argentina rely on my advice.  Shouldn't you?  Find out more on my extensive Argentina work at

If you want the boring usual BIO stuff - I grew up in New Jersey near the fabled Jersey Shore in Freehold, Bruce Springsteen's hometown.  Sometimes, I still believe that no matter how beautiful a beach is, if it doesn't have a boardwalk and pizzerias, why bother?  I went to Rutgers College of Rutgers University where I received a BA in Communications with a Minor in English.  I received a Masters in Urban Planning (technically a MCRP) from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy of Rutgers University.  My concentration was tourism and I published my Masters Thesis. I also studied film and television on a non-degree basis at UCLA during the late 1980's.  I now live in Washington Heights, Manhattan, New York City where I can walk across the bridge back to New Jersey whenever I want to.

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The Casa Rosada, home to Evita's balcony, under guard before the 2003 Presidential Elections.
A young man at the Babur Gardens pool. Life returning to normal even under tough conditions.
Buenos Aires dreams of itself: The International Tango Festival when thousands of couples dance on the hot streets of the city.