Anja Mutić

From: Zagreb, Croatia  Current City: New York City, NY
"What I love about this country is that you can reinvent yourself here. You are free to be whoever you are!"
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Anja Mutić has never been able to stay in one location for very long. Since leaving her home country of Croatia, she has had a little voice in her head telling her to go elsewhere, an optimal trait for a travel writer.

Ms. Mutić was born in Zagreb, Croatia. Her father was a sports journalist, and their family was able to travel to several other countries, including the United States. In 1991, war broke out in Croatia, and Anja’s life changed drastically. Her brother left for Barcelona to avoid the fighting and, after she graduated high school, Ms. Mutić felt as though there was nothing left for her in Croatia; she left for England while her parents stayed behind.

In England, Ms. Mutić worked as an au pair for a year before enrolling at the University of Kent in Canterbury, where she majored in philosophy and comparative literature. It was during her university experience that she got her first job in publishing, in London. However, after four years Anja realized she didn’t want to stay in England and went to Vermont to visit her then boyfriend, later husband, now ex-husband.

In 1999, Ms. Mutić moved to New York City. She continued her career in publishing, working as an editorial coordinator for a year. Discovering a passion for travel, Anja got a job as a travel editor for Rough Guides, and a couple of years later as editorial director for In 2004, she became a freelance travel writer. She has written a dozen guidebooks and a variety of articles for print and online publications. Her award-winning writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic Traveler, and New York Magazine. Ms. Mutić resides in Brooklyn.

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