Get to Know TripSavvy

About Us

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 since its inception, 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 New York City, 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.

Here are three principles that guide our coverage:

  • Accuracy and integrity: We rigorously vet and update each article on the site using our staff and an army of freelance travel editors. Additionally, we don’t accept payment in exchange for coverage, ensuring that the places we write about and recommend are actually as cool as we say they are.
  • Cultivated recommendations: We don’t just recommend everything—we only recommend the best. Unlike overwhelming review sites, our writers use their local knowledge to suggest the places that are worth your time, whether you’re traveling for a business trip or family vacation.
  • Expertise: Most of our writers live and work every day in the destinations they write about. They can tell you how to catch the bus, where to find the best croissant and everything in between.

TripSavvy, vacation like a pro.

Editorial Guidelines

Our in-house editorial staff oversees every article on our site. We aim to provide a thorough library of travel content that lets travelers find inspiration, plan their trips, and give them valuable guidance once they are on the ground.

Unlike many popular travel sites which rely on writers “parachuting” in to produce single stories, most of our writers are experts in their particular destinations and topics—they know everything from the best beaches, bars, and boutiques, to the best luggage to buy and the apps you must download before you go.

We add relevant links to our content that may help you further your knowledge or enrich your planning about a specific destination. Occasionally, we link to outside websites if they’re relevant to the story, especially in the case of directing readers to businesses, or products that we have tested and recommend. In some cases, we may receive a small commission should you click a link and make a purchase. All of these links are clearly labeled. Learn more about our product review process here

Quality Standards

The world changes every day, and your travel guide should, too. Our editors review our text, images, and illustrations before publishing to make sure that our articles are accurate and of the highest quality.

Once a story has been published, we have a stable of experienced freelance editors responsible for fact-checking and updating our content library, regularly ensuring that every piece of content on the site informs, is accurate, and is free of ethical concerns, conflicts, or misinformation. Spot something out of date? Let us know by emailing us at contact@tripsavvy.com.

In addition to our editors, our team also consists of visual editors and illustrators, as well as product managers, designers, and engineers monitor who monitor the usage of our sites, per our Privacy Policy, to improve your experience across all devices and develop new features.

Ethics

Like many other travel publications, TripSavvy editors and select contributors often work with tourism boards, tour operators, brands, and hotel properties to support our coverage. In an era when many independent media outlets are struggling to survive, this is one way to support our writers when they are on the road and allow them to have firsthand access to locations and experiences that are otherwise cost-prohibitive. These experiences enable TripSavvy to produce robust, thoroughly-researched stories that present a broad overview of a destination.

With that, we do not cover any destinations, restaurants, hotels, or tours that we wouldn’t personally recommend. Furthermore, we do not accept monetary compensation in exchange for coverage. Our experts and contributors are required to abide by the FTC disclosure guidelines.

Diversity & Inclusion

TripSavvy’s mission, vacation like a pro, includes everyone. It’s our responsibility as a travel site to speak out about the discrimination and injustices that people of color face every day, not only while traveling but also while at home or in their own neighborhoods. Things need to change, and we are committed to doing our part to fight systemic racism and oppression through our content.

We want everyone to feel at home in the world; we will use our platform to spread a message of inclusivity, equality, and human rights across the globe by sharing diverse voices, promoting unique businesses, and adequately addressing that the travel experience might be different for Black travelers and those from historically marginalized communities. We are actively listening and learning every day how we can better cater to our diverse community of readers.

For our full diversity pledge, click here.

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 genuinely 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 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 Fergus, General Manager of TripSavvy
Molly Fergus
VP & General Manager

Molly has dedicated her career to the digital travel space. 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.

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Laura Ratliff
Laura Ratliff
Editorial Director

Laura Ratliff is TripSavvy’s editorial director. She joined the TripSavvy 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, her 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. 

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Jamie Hergenrader
Senior Editor

Jamie is the senior editor at TripSavvy where she writes and edits content for the site on a variety of travel topics and destinations. She graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism, a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, and a minor in Business from the University of Missouri in Columbia. She was previously an editor at Women’s Health and has contributed to other publications, such as Glamour, Denver Life, and more.

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Elizabeth Preske
Elizabeth Preske
Associate Editor

Elizabeth joined TripSavvy in October 2019, and has been writing and editing content about destinations around the world. She received an M.A. in Publishing from University College London in 2015. She also graduated magna cum laude from Purdue University in Indiana with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Law & Society. She was previously an editor at Travel + Leisure, and has also worked in the editorial departments at HarperCollins Publishers and Chronicle Books.

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Sherri Gardner
Associate Editor

Sherri is TripSavvy's associate editor. She joined the team in May 2018. She graduated cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in English Literature with a Creative Writing concentration. She previously worked at The Kitchn and has written for The Wall Street Journal and her university.

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Astrid Taran
Astrid Taran
Senior Audience Editor

Astrid is the Senior Audience Editor at TripSavvy, overseeing all digital audience development initiatives and writing about a number of destinations. She has been with TripSavvy since 2016. Astrid has spent almost 10 years working on social media and digital brand strategy for news and brands, including ABC News, NBC, and Nickelodeon.

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Taylor McIntyre
Visual Editor

Taylor has been the Visual Editor at TripSavvy since October 2018. She photographs and writes about a variety of locations for the site. She graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. in Cinema and Photography and a minor in Integrated Communications and Marketing. She was previously the photo editor at BizBash and a contributing photographer to several publications including The Discoverer, ArchitecturalDigest.com, and more. 

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Emily Manchester
Emily Manchester
Senior SEO Analyst

Emily Manchester has been with Dotdash since 2016. A former editor for The Spruce, she was a part of the team that launched the original site in 2017. Before working in lifestyle editorial, and eventually transitioning to growth & strategy, Emily actually began her career in fashion as an Editor and Stylist. She is now the Senior SEO Analyst for Treehugger, TripSavvy, and ThoughtCo.

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Our Writers

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. Many have even written guidebooks on their destinations.

Meet some of our writers:

Elizabeth Heath in the Umbrian hilltown she now calls home
Elizabeth Heath

Elizabeth Heath has lived in the Umbria region of Italy since 2009 and has been writing for TripSavvy since 2017. She has also written for Frommer's, Huffington Post, USA Today, and more.

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Sharell Cook

Sharell Cook lives in Mumbai full-time and has covered India for TripSavvy since its launch in 2017.

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Suzanne Barbezat
Suzanne Barbezat

Suzanne Barbezat is a freelance writer specializing in Mexican travel, culture, and food.

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Mike Aquino at Borobudur in Indonesia
Michael Aquino

Mike Aquino is a travel writer covering Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. He lives in Manila full-time, but is perfectly at home in a Singapore hawker center.

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Awards

2018 OMMA Awards

  • Online Advertising Creativity: UX/UI

2018 Communicator Awards

  • Websites - General - Travel/Tourism
  • Features - Visual Appeal/Aesthetics
  • Features - User Experience

2018 W3 Awards

  • Silver Winner, Website Visual Appeal – Aesthetics

2017 Eppy Award

  • Best Overall Website Design

About Dotdash

TripSavvy is part of the Dotdash publishing family.

Dotdash brands help people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We reach over 90 million people each month, more than 35% of the U.S. online population, according to comScore, and are one of the largest content publishers on the Internet. Dotdash brands collectively have won more than 50 industry awards in the last year alone, and are among the fastest-growing in their categories. Our brands include Verywell, Investopedia, The Balance, The Spruce, Lifewire, Byrdie, MyDomaine, TripSavvy, Brides, Liquor.com, and ThoughtCo.

Here is an overview of our properties:

Verywell

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

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 nearly 28 million people each month.

The Balance

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 nearly 21 million people each month.

Investopedia

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

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

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

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

MyDomaine (Lifestyle): MyDomaine makes an aspirational life achievable—and affordable—with curated home-design inspiration, quick and fresh recipes, and healthy relationship advice that awaken a life well lived. MyDomaine reaches 2.5 million people each month.

Brides

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.

Liquor.com

Liquor.com (Home and Food)Liquor.com is dedicated to good drinking and great living. We inspire, entertain and educate anyone—and everyone—interested in what happens in the glass and out of it.

ThoughtCo

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; comScore Plan Metrix, December 2018

Senior Management Team

Learn more about the team behind Dotdash here.

Contact Us

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Please note that we do not accept unsolicited guest-authored articles, blogs, or posts.

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