Lonely Planet is delighted to welcome Sebastian Modak as its new Editor-at-Large.  Sebastian Modak is a celebrated travel writer and multimedia journalist based in New York City. In 2019 he was the New York Times 52 Places Traveler, reporting from every destination on the Times’ 52 Places to Go list.

His work has also appeared in the Washington Post, Condé Nast Traveler, the Wall Street Journal, AFAR and other publications. 

Modak will be contributing to the editorial team at Lonely Planet at an exciting time, as the company is gearing up to relaunch its digital platform this summer to coincide with the expected return of travel. Modak will be working on the development of new editorial franchises aimed at inspiring and helping travelers eager to explore the world with fresh eyes and renewed purpose.

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Sebastian in Hampi, Karnataka, India © Sebastian Modak

“I’m excited to be teaming up with an iconic name like Lonely Planet.” said Modak. “We’re at the start of a new era in travel. There’s so much potential to bring the world to an audience eager to once again engage with it.”

Philippe von Borries, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Red Ventures and Head of Lonely Planet commented: “I’ve been a huge fan of Sebastian’s writing. His reporting from around the world as well as his virtual city tours for the NYT over the past year have continued to inspire people even as they were stuck home. He shares our honest and independent view on the world, beautifully told."

Look out for Sebastian’s work on Lonely Planet in the coming months. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

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