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:

Laura Ratliff
Laura Ratliff
Senior 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 Meredith. 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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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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Jalyn Robinson
Editorial Assistant

Jalyn Robinson has been an editorial assistant at TripSavvy since September of 2021.

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Ellie Nan Storck
Travel Editor

Ellie Nan Storck is the Travel Editor at Dotdash Meredith, 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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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 Meredith. 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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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

Product Reviews

We research and recommend a broad range of products and create curated lists of recommendations for your trips. We do receive an affiliate commission on some (but not all) of the products that we recommend if you decide to click through to the retailer site and make a purchase. Our process is purely editorial to bring you the best options of every product category we cover. Learn more about our review process.

About Dotdash Meredith

Dotdash Meredith is the largest digital and print publisher in America. From mobile to magazines, nearly 200 million people trust us to help them make decisions, take action, and find inspiration. Dotdash Meredith's over 50 iconic brands include PEOPLE, Better Homes & Gardens, Verywell, FOOD & WINE, The Spruce, Allrecipes, Byrdie, REAL SIMPLE, Investopedia, Southern Living and more.

Senior Management Team

Learn more about the team behind Dotdash Meredith here.

Contact Us

Have a comment to share or a suggestion to make? We look forward to hearing from you. Feel free to reach out by emailing contact@tripsavvy.com.

For press inquiries, email us at press@tripsavvy.com.

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Write for Us

We are always looking for experienced, qualified digital travel writers who share in our mission to provide practical, trustworthy travel information. If that’s you, send a few examples of your published work to this email address: write@tripsavvy.com

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

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