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

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.


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 senior 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.

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Jamie Hergenrader
Editorial Director, Travel and Finance

Jamie Hergenrader is the Editorial Director of Travel and Finance for the commerce team at Dotdash. She joined the company in 2018 as an editor for TripSavvy and has nearly a decade of experience writing and editing for print and digital publications.

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Astrid Taran
Astrid Taran
Senior Editor, Special Projects

Astrid is the Senior Special Projects Editor at TripSavvy, where she oversees editorial features and writes about a number of destinations. She has been with TripSavvy since 2016, where she previously led the site's social media and audience development initiatives.

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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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Portrait of Taylor McIntyre
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,, and more. 

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Ellie Nan Storck
Travel Editor

Ellie Nan Storck is the Travel Editor at Dotdash, where she edits and writes hotel roundups, rental roundups, reviews, and news. Before that, she was an associate editor on the digital team at Departures. Previously she worked as a full-time freelance travel writer, contributing to brands like Saveur, Popular Science, Departures, and Travel + Leisure while earning her MA in creative writing.

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Zack Mills
Zachary Mills

Zack Mills is TripSavvy’s Growth & Content Manager. He joined the team in December 2020 after spending six years as an SEO specialist at digital marketing agencies in Charleston, South Carolina, and New York where he guided the SEO strategies for some of the largest brands in health, automotive, hospitality, and food. Before specializing in SEO, he started his career as an editorial intern at "Charleston Magazine" and "WhereTraveler."

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Alex Zeng
Alex Zeng

Alex has worked to bring to life a wide range of popular media and entertainment products, from developing cutting-edge video services at Viacom to launching new apps and web experiences at Time Inc., NBC Universal, Ziff Davis, and Conde Nast. Prior to his experience in media, he was an environmental engineer helping to rebuild the NYC downtown area, in addition to Capital Projects in the NY Tri-State area.

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Joyce Lue
Joyce Lue

Joyce Lue is the UX/UI Designer at Dotdash. Her work appears on TripSavvy, Treehugger, Lifewire, 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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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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Lawrence Ferber
Lawrence Ferber

Lawrence Ferber is a New York-based travel writer who has covered LGBTQ-friendly destinations around the world since 2001. 

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Nicole Brewer in Iceland.
Nicole Brewer

​Nicole Brewer is a Black serial expat based in Oman. She writes about the Middle East for TripSavvy and is the author of "A Guide to Landing an English Teaching Job Abroad."

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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

Dotdash's vibrant brands help over 100 million users each month find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. Dotdash is among the largest and fastest growing publishers online, and has won over 80 awards in the last year alone, including Digiday's 2020 Publisher of the Year. Dotdash brands include Verywell, Investopedia, The Balance, The Spruce, Simply Recipes, Serious Eats, Byrdie, Brides, MyDomaine, Lifewire, TripSavvy,, TreeHugger and Thoughtco.

Here is an overview of our properties:

Verywell: 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. Over 38 million people use Verywell sites each month to feel better and be healthier.

Investopedia: Investopedia helps investors understand financial concepts, improve investing skills, and learn how to manage their money. Investopedia reaches over 20 million people each month.

The Balance: 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 17 million people each month.

The Spruce: 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 40 million people each month.

Simply Recipes: Simply Recipes, one of the original food blogs, helps 9.7 million people each month get easy, delicious food on the table for themselves and their families.

Serious Eats: Serious Eats delivers trustworthy recipes, rigorously tested techniques, and food science to over 4.4 million hungry readers each month. 

Byrdie: 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 10.5 million people each month.

Brides: Brides inspires and guides 4.6 million 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.

MyDomaine: 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 nearly two million people each month.

Lifewire: Lifewire provides helpful, actionable tech tips, advice, and answers, without confusing jargon. Lifewire helps 5.7 million people each month get the most out of their technology.

TripSavvy: TripSavvy delivers curated expert advice for family and vacation travelers. We help 3.8 million people each month have the best travel experiences. is dedicated to good drinking and great living. We inspire, entertain and educate 3.7 million people each month interested in what happens in the glass and out of it.

TreeHugger: Treehugger is the only modern sustainability site that offers advice, clarity, and inspiration for both the eco-savvy and the green living novice. With 2.6 million monthly users, Treehugger is one of the world’s largest information sites dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.

Thoughtco: ThoughtCo is one of the largest and most comprehensive learning, information, and education sites online. ThoughtCo helps 6.4 million people a month become lifelong learners.

Source: Comscore, March 2021 US

Senior Management Team

Learn more about the team behind Dotdash here.

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