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Marilyn Johnson
Food Writer. Food Marketer. Travel Enthusiast., Mid-Atlantic Food Scene
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About me

Marilyn Johnson is a part-time freelance food and travel writer based outside of Philadelphia. I travel for pleasure and love to explore the food scenes in the locations I visit. It is an opportunity for me to truly support the local economy while learning the customs, traditions, and culture of the areas I travel to. I love meeting people and hearing their unique stories. I love to amplify those stories through my writing. In 2023, I was selected as a USA Today Food & Travel Expert contributing destination to travel for tasty food!

Why did you join the community?

Because I'm a food and travel writer and I think I can get a lot of value out of this community. I'm looking to learn, connect, and to be an advocate for food travel.

What is your favorite travel destination?

Chicago, Washington DC, NYC, Los Angeles, Philadelphia (of course!)

Where do you dream of traveling to?

Hawaii, Palm Springs, Miami, Nashville, Charleston, Atlanta, Seattle, Montreal, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Japan, Caribbean

What do you want to learn more about?

How to travel easier

Three words that describe why we should travel?

People, food, and culture


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  • Hey guys, I just wanted to share that I learned about some of Philly's HUGE plans between 2024 and 2026 at yesterday's Philly Tourism Symposium. Many events and celebrations will take place in advance of America's 250th Birthday and the World Cup. Phill... show more

  • This is great. I'm not ready for paid travel/writing opportunities yet, but I hope to get to that point one day. Bookmarking!

  • Update: I'm now adding public speaking to my repertoire! I will speak at the Philly Tourism Symposium in November about why people should travel to Philadelphia for the food scene and what they should eat! show more

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    Philly Grub 1 year ago

  • Yes, it sure is! So much good food!

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    Philly Grub 1 year ago