Zora O’Neill likes traditional food, car-free travel, vintage hotels and foreign languages. She lives in beautiful Astoria, Queens.

Her beats include include New Mexico (where she grew up), Amsterdam, Mexico and the Arab world, especially Egypt.

She is the author of the Lowell Thomas Award-winning All Strangers Are Kin: Adventures in Arabic and the Arab World (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016), a travel memoir about studying Arabic. She has also written more than a dozen travel guides (for Rough Guides, Lonely Planet and Moon) and is coauthor of a cookbook.

She has written for The Art of Eating, The New York Times and the New Yorker.