Get to Know TripSavvy
Like you, we had no idea who to trust for travel advice.
That’s why we made TripSavvy, a travel site written by real experts, not anonymous reviewers. Our writers are locals with hometown pride, parents who are road trip heroes, cruise junkies who know every ship at sea, and virtually everyone else in-between.
As one of the top-10 travel information sites in the world as measured by comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, we have more than 50 writers — from lifetime locals to licensed tour guides — sharing useful travel advice and inspiration from destinations around the world. TripSavvy has been honored by multiple awards in the last year, including the Eppy Awards, the W3 Awards, and the Communicator Awards.
You’ll find that our 20-year-strong library of more than 30,000 articles will make you a savvy traveler — showing you how to book a hotel the whole family will love, where to find the best bagel in NYC, and how to skip the lines at theme parks. We give you the confidence to spend your vacation actually vacationing, not fumbling with a guidebook or second-guessing yourself.
TripSavvy, vacation like a pro.
Our writers are on-the-ground experts — they speak the local language, know how to catch their city’s tram, train or bus, and definitely have tabs on the best of everything in town, from cocktails to kids’ menu. They have also written guidebooks on their destinations.
Meet some of our writers:
Robert is a sixth-generation Texan who has lived in Austin for more than 20 years, leading editorial staffs at Citysearch, Hispanic Magazine and Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine.
As a freelancer, Robert’s worked as a writer and editor on travel-related projects for Hotels.com, Expedia, Guidepal, the Cultural Atlas, MapQuest and Travel & Leisure. Robert has a Bachelor of Arts in English literature, with a Minor in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
Elizabeth has lived in the Umbria region of Italy full-time since 2009 and has been writing for TripSavvy since 2017. She’s a long-time editor of Frommer's Travel Guides, and the author of Frommer's Rome Day by Day, as well as the Rome chapters of Frommer's Italy and Frommer's EasyGuide to Rome, Florence & Venice.
Elizabeth first started visiting Italy regularly to work on archaeological digs — she has completed doctoral studies in anthropology and archaeology. Liz's recent work has appeared in Huffington Post, Eat.Sip.Trip/USA Today's #10Best, and other outlets. She's also created a VoiceMap walking tour of her adopted hometown in Umbria. Prior to moving to Italy, Elizabeth taught writing and humanities at the college level.
Sharell lives in Mumbai full-time and has covered India for TripSavvy since its launch in 2017. Prior to that, she wrote for About.com Travel for eight years.
She moved to India over a decade ago, and has since managed a guesthouse in the beach town of Varkala in Kerala, worked on the set of a Bollywood movie near Manali, driven an auto rickshaw from Chennai to Mumbai, ridden a yak in Spiti, and dined with the royal family of Udaipur at their palace. She's also survived getting bitten by a monkey in Rishikesh, a bout of malaria, and numerous encounters with the infamous Indian bureaucracy. Sharell has a Bachelor of Business from Australia's Monash University and has written a memoir: Henna for the Broken Hearted.
Suzanne lives full-time in Oaxaca, Mexico and her coverage on Mexican travel, culture, and food has been published on Afar.com, SpanglishBaby and The Latin Kitchen, among others.
Suzanne is also a licensed tour guide in Mexico and is the author of Frida Kahlo at Home. Suzanne holds a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and speaks Spanish fluently.
Michael lives in the Philippines and has written about Southeast Asia since 2007. Michael has also lived in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore where he wrote advertising and magazine copy for hotels, restaurants and travel publications.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ateneo de Manila in the Philippines and was named Street Food Blogger of the Year in 2013 by the World Street Food Congress.
About the TripSavvy Editors’ Choice Awards
Each year, TripSavvy editors award the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions around the world.
To select winners, our team of data engineers identified more than 60,000 recommended hotels, restaurants, and attractions within TripSavvy’s 30,000 travel advice articles, then created an aggregated, weighted star score (1-5) for each business based on key data points:
- Star ratings from top review sites
- The authority of those rating sites
- TripSavvy audience data
Any business that scored higher than 4.2 was passed on to editors for consideration. Our team of 50+ editors and writers based around the world hand-reviewed businesses based on several factors:
- Category fit: Does the business truly represent the best of its category?
- Reader behavior: How much time do TripSavvy users spend reading about this business, posting about it on social media, or returning to the article?
- Newsworthiness: Is the business or destination in the spotlight this year?
- In-person experience: What is this business like in real life? Does it live up to its expectations, or would it be a waste of a traveler’s time?
Editors made the ultimate decision for each award winner, taking into consideration all of the above factors.
The world changes every day, and your travel guide should, too. Our writers and editors take great pride in the quality of our content and create original, accurate, expert content that is free of ethical concerns, conflicts, or misinformation. We regularly update TripSavvy’s thousands of articles every month — keeping you up to date with the newest rides and attractions at your favorite theme park, or helping you find the most affordable hotel for your next vacation. If you see something that doesn’t seem up to date, please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As is common in the travel industry, TripSavvy writers are sometimes provided with discounted services or travel assistance for review purposes. While it does not influence our coverage, TripSavvy believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. This disclosure is present on any articles where applicable.
Our product reviews are independent and based on research and product testing — if you visit links within our content, we may receive commissions from your purchases, but we never receive any compensation or consideration for the content of our recommendations. Learn more about our review process here.
The TripSavvy Team
Our travel-obsessed editorial team is committed to helping you plan fantastic vacations, whether you’re heading to Florida, Sri Lanka, or anywhere in-between. Meet our team:
Molly is the VP & General Manager of TripSavvy and has been with the company since 2013.
Before joining TripSavvy, she was an associate digital editor for Condé Nast Traveler, where she helped launch the magazine’s first proprietary website, and an editorial assistant at Sherman’s Travel. Her first gig after college gave her the first hand experience needed to work in travel: She spent a year driving across the country in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, living in hotels and exploring the backroads of America. Her writing has also appeared in Self, Redbook, Women’s Wear Daily, and CNN. She lives in New York City, grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Eating dinner at a locals-only Milan cafe that switched from a sit-down restaurant to a rowdy nightclub in minutes — the lights went down, the music went up, and suddenly everyone was dancing on the tables!
Laura is TripSavvy’s Editorial Director. She joined the team in April 2019 after spending two years as a freelance travel writer and editor, where she spent more than 200,000 miles on a plane each year.
As a freelancer, Laura’s work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, GQ, Jetsetter, Bon Appétit, and more. Laura’s writing expertise spans numerous topics, ranging from travel and food and drink to reported pieces covering political and human rights issues. She has also held staff positions at Architectural Digest, Bloomberg News, and Condé Nast Traveler. Originally from Texas, Laura moved to New York City in 2010 to pursue a Masters degree from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. She also holds a Bachelors degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University, where she studied human rights and photography. Laura lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two beloved dogs.
An early morning helicopter ride over the snow-covered Swiss Alps, with a landing on Piz Corvatsch for a coffee and strudel at 11,300 feet.
Zach is the Product Manager for Tripsavvy and has been with the company since 2018.
Prior to joining Dotdash, Zach was the Product Lead for Mediabistro.com. He was also a Product Manager at Daily Burn where he led the launch of Daily Burn 365, a live-streaming daily workout program that was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2017 for Best Interactive Media - Original Content. He studied at Temple University, graduating with a B.A. in American Studies.
Spending the afternoon with my wife and close friends on a rooftop deck overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Antibes. We ate cheese and sausage from the market while drinking French wines all afternoon.
TripSavvy is part of the Dotdash publishing family.
For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.
Here is an overview of our properties:
Verywell (Health and Wellness): The Verywell family of brands, including Verywell Health, Verywell Fit, Verywell Family, and Verywell Mind, take a human approach to health and wellness content and are a welcome alternative to hyper-clinical health sites. More than 39 million people use Verywell sites each month to feel better and be healthier.
The Spruce (Home and Food): The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts combine inspiration with how-to advice to help users create homes they love. Collectively, The Spruce sites reach 28 million people each month.
The Balance (Personal Finance): The Balance family of brands, including The Balance, The Balance Careers, and The Balance Small Business, deliver clear, practical, and straightforward personal financial advice to over 21 million people each month.
Investopedia (Investing and Financial Education): Investopedia helps investors understand financial concepts, improve investing skills, and learn how to manage their money. Investopedia reaches nearly 11 million people each month.
Lifewire (Tech): Lifewire provides helpful, actionable tech tips, advice, and answers, without confusing jargon. Lifewire helps nearly 10 million people each month get the most out of their technology.
TripSavvy (Travel): TripSavvy delivers curated expert advice for family and vacation travelers. We help over eight million people each month have the best travel experiences.
Byrdie (Beauty): Byrdie is dedicated to all things beauty, inside and out. From hair and makeup to health and wellness, Byrdie takes a fresh, no-nonsense approach to feeling and looking your best. Byrdie reaches nearly four million people each month.
MyDomaine (Lifestyle): MyDomaine offers fresh recipes, smart career tips, and insider travel guides that awaken a life well lived. MyDomaine reaches 2.5 million people each month.
Brides (Lifestyle): Brides inspires and guides our nearly 4M monthly users as they make decisions from pre-engagement through the honeymoon. Brides is committed to bringing you an inclusive look at the world of weddings, with every type of couple, every type of wedding, and every type of celebration.
Thoughtco (Education and Information): ThoughtCo is one of the largest and most comprehensive learning, information, and education sites online. ThoughtCo helps over 12.5 million people a month become lifelong learners.
Source: comScore, January 2019 US
Read about Dotdash and our family of brands in the news.
- Online Advertising Creativity: UX/UI
- Websites - General - Travel/Tourism
- Features - Visual Appeal/Aesthetics
- Features - User Experience
- Silver Winner, Website Visual Appeal – Aesthetics
- Silver Winner, General Website – Travel
- Best Overall Website Design
Meet Our Senior Management Team
Chief Executive Officer
Neil Vogel is CEO of Dotdash, having assumed the role in April 2013.
Prior to joining Dotdash, Neil was the Founder and CEO of Recognition Media, a creator and producer of award shows and media properties for digital, creative, and advertising communities including the Webby Awards, The Telly Awards, and Internet Week New York and Europe.
Before starting Recognition Media, Neil was Chief Corporate Development Officer at Alloy Media + Marketing, a digital content and marketing services company focused on the teen and youth market. Neil also serves as a venture partner at FirstMark Capital.
Neil received a B.S. in Finance from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Financial Officer & Head of Strategy
Tim is the Chief Financial Officer of Dotdash and joined the company in January 2015. Prior to joining About.com, Tim was CFO of Axial, an online professional network that helps entrepreneurs and small businesses access capital.
Tim spent more than a decade with American Express where he was a Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations at Vente Privee USA, an e-commerce joint venture between American Express and Vente-Privee Europe. Tim spent the majority of his time at American Express as a Vice President in the Corporate Development Group where he sourced, executed and monitored equity investments and M&A transactions supporting all of Amex’s global business lines.
Tim started his career in middle market investment banking at Ladenburg Thalmann and prior to that in private equity at Wade Capital. Tim graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce and lives in New York City with his wife and twin daughters.
Chief Operating Officer
Alex Ellerson is the Chief Operating Officer for Dotdash.
Before joining Dotdash, Alex served as the General Counsel & Chief Operating Officer at Howcast, a leading producer of high-quality, low-cost, online how-to videos. Prior to joining Howcast, Alex was the Head of Entertainment and Premium Content Partnerships for Google Video and YouTube, and earlier, a General Manager and Senior Director of Business Development at Yahoo! (working on both Yahoo’s Media and Entertainment and Search teams).
He was also the COO & General Counsel for CMJ (host of the annual CMJ Music Marathon conference), an Associate at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and a law clerk to The Honorable Amalya L. Kearse (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit).
Alex holds a JD from Columbia University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College. He is also a member of the Planning Committee of the New York Chapter of The Copyright Society of the USA.
Chief Technology Officer
Nabil Ahmad is the Chief Technology Officer for Dotdash. Before joining the company in 2013, Nabil worked at Barnes & Noble serving as the head of technology for BarnesAndNoble.com. A career long engineer, Nabil’s experience includes consulting during the dotcom boom, working at healthcare services and media companies, and being the first employee and head of technology at Kwiry Inc., a venture-backed mobile startup.
Nabil received his B.A. in Molecular Cell Biology, with emphasis in Cell Developmental Biology, from the University of California at Berkeley.
President of Advertising & Partnerships
Andrew Gorenstein is President of Advertising & Partnerships for Dotdash and joined the company in December 2016. Before joining Dotdash, Andrew held executive roles as the President of Media & Advertising and Chief Revenue Officer for Gawker Media, where he led the revenue team and created an award-winning product suite to sell across their multiple vertical brands. Prior to Gawker Media, Andrew held sales leadership roles at Condé Nast and Forbes.
Andrew has worked aggressively to accelerate, and ultimately redefine and align the relationship between advertisers, brands and publishers. In 2013, Andrew was named one of AdAge’s 40 under 40.
Andrew received his Bachelor’s degree in History from Boston University.
Senior Vice President, Commerce
Tory Brangham is Senior Vice President of Commerce at Dotdash, having assumed the role in May 2017.
Previously, Tory worked as a Director of Merchandising at Quidsi/Amazon as well as Managing Director of iVillage/iVillage UK. Tory brings over two decades of experience in ecommerce and editorial content. During her tenure at Amazon, Tory oversaw a variety of businesses including children’s apparel, toys, and pets. The clothing/soft goods category, launched from scratch, grew to over $30MM in revenue in just two years.
Tory initially joined Dotdash as General Manager of The Spruce, overseeing the development and launch of the site, which is now one of the largest home and food sites on the Internet.
Dr. Jon Roberts
President Dotdash Finance
Dr. Jon Roberts oversees the finance media properties at Dotdash (Investopedia and The Balance). He has been with Dotdash since 2013 and previously held roles as Chief Innovation Officer and Head of Data Science, where he derived insights from more than 20 years of Internet data across thousands of topics. Prior to joining Dotdash, Jon spent 10 years as a theoretical physicist focused on making dark matter predictions for the hadron collider at CERN, and cosmic ray predictions for the AMS detector on the space station. He also worked on the Pierre Auger telescope in Argentina.
Dr. Roberts received his Ph.D at the University of Southampton and his M.A. from the University of Oxford.
Vice President, Communications
Meredith Worsham is Vice President of Communications for Dotdash. Meredith has been with the company for nearly ten years, working her way up from Account Coordinator to now Vice President, where she oversees media relations, strategy development, internal and external communications and special events for one of the fastest-growing digital media companies and its vertical brands.
Previously, Meredith held various public relations roles at MSL, a leading PR Agency in New York, and worked on health accounts including Sanofi Aventis, Allergan and Phillips Healthcare.
Meredith holds a BA in Communications with a minor in History from Elon University in North Carolina.
Senior Vice President, Site Hosting & Operations
Rob Brathwaite is Senior Vice President of Operations at Dotdash. He also oversees IAC Publishing global shared services team.
Starting at the company in 1996, he is the longest tenured team member. Robert has been instrumental to bringing about change at Dotdash over the past two decades.
Robert holds both a B.S.c and M.S.c in Information Systems and Management from New York University.
Senior Vice President, Product
Adam McClean is the Senior Vice President of Product at Dotdash and joined the company in 2014. Prior to joining the company, he was the Director of Product at Waybetter, Inc. Previously, he held roles at Barnes and Noble and Condé Nast Publications. Adam brings more than a decade of experience in start-ups, e-commerce, and premium publishing to Dotdash.
Adam received a B.A. in Communications from DePauw University.
Senior Vice President, Growth
Tre Jones is the SVP for Growth at Dotdash. He leads a team of engineers and marketers at Dotdash dedicated to growing our consumer audience through continuous improvement of our content and product.
Prior to Dotdash, Tre was VP of search marketing at Everyday Health. Tre holds a Masters of Business Administration from the NYU Stern School of Business and has a bachelors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Vice President, People
Colleen Gangl is the VP, People of Dotdash, joining the company in 2018.
Colleen brings over 15 years of experience in her field across multiple industries including retail, technology and digital media. At Dotdash she is responsible for all areas of the People function including talent acquisition, talent development, business partnering and people operations. She is dedicated to partnering with her colleagues to cultivate a working environment that allows team members to do their best work.
Colleen received her Masters in Human Resource Management from Rutgers University and has a BA in Art History from the University of Delaware.
Senior Vice President, Programmatic Revenue
Sara Badler is SVP Programmatic Revenue at Dotdash and joined the company in February 2018.
Before joining Dotdash, Sara was head of Programmatic Advertising at The New York Times, where she managed a programmatic team globally, focusing on revenue working with direct clients, partners and exchanges.
Sara started her career in Shanghai, China, where she worked in in Ad Tech at JOININ Tech for more than three years specifically focused on programmatic TV. From there, she went on to manage programmatic at Forbes Media and Hearst Corporation. Sara’s focus has always been in Ad Tech both on the publishing side and technology side. She also worked at Turn where she led inventory partnerships across the east coast.
Sara holds a B.A. in American and Women’s Studies from Dickinson College.
Vice President, Growth & Content Strategy
Brandon Millard is the Vice President of Growth for Dotdash and joined the company in April 2015.
Brandon oversees a team of content strategists, growth analysts, editors, illustrators, and photographers dedicated to improving publishing processes and content quality.
Prior to Dotdash, Brandon was the Director of Search Strategy for Ayima, a digital marketing agency, where he led enterprise consulting relationships with large publishers and e-commerce platforms. Brandon has worked in digital marketing and growth for the past 15 years as a startup founder, an in-house leader, and a consultant.
Brandon received a B.S. in Business from Wake Forest University.
General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Jeff Hartwig is the General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Dotdash.
Before joining Dotdash, Jeff spent six years at Dow Jones & Company, Inc. where he served as counsel to the digital and print production groups of The Wall Street Journal. Prior to joining Dow Jones, Jeff was an associate attorney at the law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, providing legal counsel to emerging businesses on their financing, intellectual property and general corporate matters.
Jeff holds a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from San Francisco State University. He is also a member of IAB’s Legal Affairs Council.
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