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 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.

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.

Editorial Guidelines

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 contact@tripsavvy.com.

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

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 SelfRedbookWomen’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.

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Laura Ratliff
Laura Ratliff
Editorial Director

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.

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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. They have also written guidebooks on their destinations.

Meet some of our writers:

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

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 PostEat.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.

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Sharell Cook profile picture.
Sharell Cook

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.

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Suzanne Barbezat
Suzanne Barbezat

Suzanne lives full-time in Oaxaca, Mexico and her coverage on Mexican travel, culture, and food has been published on Afar.comSpanglishBaby 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.

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Mike Aquino at Borobudur in Indonesia
Michael Aquino

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.

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About Dotdash

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

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.

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

Awards

  • 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

Learn more about the team behind Dotdash 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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Work With Us

Join our crew of top-notch editors, designers, programmers, and others as we continue to make a difference in the lives of our readers.

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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TripSavvy offers the highest value to advertisers through a combination of scale, credibility, and intent. Interested in advertising with us? Email us at sales@tripsavvy.com or check out our media kit to learn more.