Natalie B. Compton

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering travel

Education: University of the Pacific, BA in Communications

Natalie Compton is a staff writer reporting on travel for the Washington Post. She has covered travel, food, and alcohol from every continent.
Latest from Natalie B. Compton

The best time to buy Christmas flights, according to Google

Don’t let October pass without booking your holiday airfare, new Google Flights data says.

August 28, 2023

You asked: How do I find a local tour guide I can trust?

By The Way Concierge asks travel experts how they find tour guides on their own trips.

August 24, 2023

Fyre Festival is back for a sequel — allegedly

Fyre Festival organizer Billy McFarland is selling tickets for a sequel festival, without a date, location or lineup.

August 22, 2023

‘Let Maui heal’: Grieving Hawaii residents want tourists to go home

Maui’s tourism machine never stops, but residents reeling from wildfires that devastated Lahaina can’t fake a smile for the same old song and dance.

August 17, 2023

National parks are beautiful, complicated places. We took your questions about them.

Lillian Cunningham of our “Field Trip” podcast and travel reporter Natalie Compton chatted with readers about the national parks on Thursday.

August 17, 2023

How to help or donate to Hawaii residents displaced by Maui wildfires

Relief organizations in Hawaii are asking for donations and volunteers as Maui wildfires push Lahaina residents to shelters.

August 14, 2023

Vandalism, tantrums and narcissism: Entitled tourists are out of control

Experts say tourists’ bad behavior speaks to a spike in pandemic-era anxiety and a rise in “main character” energy.

August 14, 2023

Traveling to Hawaii? What to know about Maui wildfires.

What to know about canceling hotels and flights as officials warn against nonessential travel as devastating wildfires rage.

August 11, 2023

What’s the best budget suitcase? Our tips for finding affordable luggage.

Is there such thing as quality luggage that doesn’t break the bank? By The Way Concierge talked to travel pros for their favorites.

August 5, 2023

8 less-crowded places to appreciate art, history and nature

Whether you're heading to Paris, Rome, Montana or Japan, go where the tourists aren't to fully appreciate the scenery.

August 3, 2023