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

Will pilot strikes disrupt my summer flights? Here’s what to know.

While walkouts by Southwest, American and United pilots are unlikely, experts warn it could be “a very difficult summer.”

May 12, 2023

Paris crowns its best baguette

The winner of best baguette wins a contract to supply the French presidential palace with bread for a year.

May 11, 2023

You asked: Can I rush my Global Entry application?

By The Way Concierge looks into current Global Entry application wait times.

May 11, 2023

Pssst. Mobile Passport is the best-kept secret in air travel.

No, really. Stop what you’re doing and download this free, under-the-radar line-cutting app.

May 11, 2023

The next great travel debate: How much underwear to pack

The math behind the perfect amount of pairs.

May 9, 2023

Rice paddies, bunk beds and coffee carts: Seeing Vietnam by train

Overnight trains in Vietnam are the perfect amount of adventure and a way to see the country through a different lens.

May 5, 2023

Tourists follow GPS, drive car into Hawaii harbor

A witness captured video as bystanders rescued the driver from the sinking van.

May 2, 2023

The best gear to make long flights less miserable

Can foot slings and Bluetooth eye masks make flying in economy feel like first class? We tried eight pieces of gear to find out.

May 2, 2023

You asked: Can airlines give away my seat if I’m running late?

This week’s By The Way Concierge looks into a writer’s missed connection.

April 27, 2023

‘Two seats left’ and other flight-booking conspiracy theories, debunked

Are airlines spying on us? Does it matter? We asked aviation experts for answers to common flight-booking myths.

April 26, 2023