Holly Burns

Journalist & Writer

Hi, I’m Holly. I’m a freelance journalist and a regular contributor to The New York Times, where I write about wellness and relationships. My work has been published in TIME, The Washington Post, and The Guardian, and syndicated in The Chicago Tribune, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Irish Times, The Independent, The Baltimore Sun, The Seattle Times, and more. 


I spent a long time helping tech companies use words and language to make the user experience more enjoyable, including five years at Instagram, where I built and ran the writing team, and helped to establish and maintain the app’s voice. I did similar work as a writer at Facebook and for clients like Instacart.

Prior to that, I was a writer at Travelocity, where one of my most surreal job duties was acting as the official voice of the Roaming Gnome. On the upside, I got to fly all over the world, writing funny tweets in disguise as someone else. On the downside, I had to walk through airports carrying a large ceramic gnome.

I’ve written advertorial copy for Travel + Leisure, detailed my DIY kitchen renovation in Ladies’ Home Journal, and ghostwritten a book for one of the country’s top wedding planners. I wrote about my experience going through breast cancer treatment here and here, and talked about it on the Forever 35 podcast here. 

I’m originally from the UK and now live in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Holly Burns