She’s a former contributing editor and columnist at National Geographic Traveler , a 5 time winner of the Society of American Travel Writer’s Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award; her book, Cheap Hotels (Taschen) won the Lowell Thomas Gold Award for best American travel book of 2003.
McLane wrote the “Frugal Traveler” column for The New York Times’ travel section for six years, reporting from more than 40 countries. Her first job in New York City–and the one that launched her career as world traveler–was as staff writer with Rolling Stone.
Her articles and essays about travel, culture, food, music and politics have been in magazines and newspapers that still exist, and in some that don’t– International Herald Tribune, Travel + Leisure, Departures, slate.com, Conde Nast Traveler, Rolling Stone, NPR, the Village Voice, Harper’s Bazaar, the New York Times Magazine, and Vogue.
McLane’s work typically anticipates trends, often by decades. Her essays, album productions and compliations helped launch the world music movement in the 1980s. In the 1990s, well before the current obsession with all things global and foodie, she wrote regularly about her delicious discoveries on the road, and at home.
When the publishing industry shifted in 2009, McLane followed her instincts that people everywhere desired food and culture experiences to be a part of their travels, and their lives. Starting with one woman and zero capitalization, Little Adventures in Hong Kong now has 6 employees, has hosted more than 1000 guests, and clients ranging from Cathay Pacific to American Express.
Other detours: she’s sung calypso in Trinidad, been a singer-songwriter in Greenwich Village (Gerde’s Folk City!), a grad student in cultural studies, and hunted with falcons in Pakistan.