Meena Thiruvengadam

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Meena Thiruvengadam is a lifelong traveler with nearly two decades of experience in journalism. She has visited more than 50 countries, 47 U.S. states, and six continents. Meena has road-tripped across the U.S., taken trains through Europe, traveled in India by train, plane, and automobile, and gone off the grid in Alaska via helicopter. She has lived in New York City, Chicago, London, and Washington, D.C.

• Nearly 20 years of experience in journalism with brands including Hearst, Bloomberg, Business Insider, and Yahoo
• Received a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University
• Bylines in The Wall Street Journal, Departures, TripSavvy, and more
• On-air contributor for KENS-5 TV and
• Wrote inaugural Skift research report on the future of in-room entertainment

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Latest from Meena Thiruvengadam
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The Seabourn Encore at sea Departure from Venice
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Aerial view of downtown Chicago with city parks and the lake in view
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Light Rail Line, LoDo or Lower Downtown District, Denver, Colorado
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Santa Maria del Isola Monastery, Tropea, Calabria
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High angle view of Lower Manhattan, New York City
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Indian women carrying water from stepwell near Jaipur
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Hands on an Alfa Romeo steering wheel
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bicyclists on the Empire State Trail
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Viking cruise ship
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Senior woman checking her credit card while online shopping
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Lion statue in front of the Art Institute of Chicago
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Ice Monolith with group of people in raft, Antarctica
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Exterior of Ye Olde Fighting Cocks
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Aerial view of winding road in UNESCO's laurel forest, Madeira, Portugal
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Finnair is taking off in the Brussels airport
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Chicago River
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Grand Canyon
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Amer Fort, Amber Palace is a fort located in Amer, Rajasthan, India
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Delta plane
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