New Mexico & BeyondTravel Stories, Advice, and Photos from New Mexico ... and a few places beyond!
Sunset in Sandia Park, New Mexico


Hi, I’m Mark

I’m a travel writer, author of two books, and 22+ year resident of the Land of Enchantment.


Mark Aspelin is a freelance travel writer and author of a blog called New Mexico & Beyond (, featuring travel advice, events, photos, and people who live in his home State of New Mexico – the Land of Enchantment.

He’s the author of over 50 blog posts and articles and two highly rated books: “Profitable Conservation: Business Strategies That Boost Your Bottom Line, Protect Wildlife, and Conserve Biodiversity” and “How to Fail at Life: Lessons for the Next Generation”. He has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Notre Dame, M.S. in Biology from Creighton University, and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mark has worked with a wide variety of organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, The Coca-Cola Company, Intel Corporation, Molina Healthcare, United HealthGroup, and The International Crane Foundation, and he is a volunteer Docent at the ABQ BioPark. His articles and interviews have been featured by GreenBiz, Inside EPA, Perceptive Travel, and the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation’s Half-Earth Project. Mark is also an avid traveler who has visited over 100 countries and all 50 U.S. States and he lives in the mountains outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Early on

In my early 20s, I had finished visiting all 50 U.S. States, so I decided to set a new goal: visit 100 countries before I turned 50. I picked those numbers because 100 sounded like a cool number that would yield many incredible experiences, and 50 sounded old. In January of 2016, at the age of 46, I stepped off the plane in Sofia, Bulgaria to visit my 100th country.


Today, I no longer think 50 sounds old. As for travel, I’ve set my sights on a new goal: to visit every town in my home State of New Mexico. But rather than check off a list of places as quickly as possible, I intend to savor it by writing one blog post each week, highlighting events, travel advice, photos, and the people who live in this amazing Land of Enchantment. I hope you enjoy it!