Dana Givens

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  • Dana Givens is a freelance journalist and content creator based in New York City. 
  • She is the host of the Love and Passports literary podcast available on all major streaming platforms. 
  • Dana covers travel, food, wellness, and more for several publications and websites.


She has contributed to TripSavvy, as well as other top-tier publications specializing in travel or food, such as Travel + Leisure, Departures, and Saveur.  

Dana writes about various other topics, including food, mental health, business, and wellness, but travel is a special niche for her as a person who has always been curious about the world. She has traveled to 25 countries and counting with the mission to create more engaging, thought-provoking content highlighting travelers of color. She also writes fiction novels inspired by the various places she’s visited under the pen name V. Monet.  

The avid traveler spends her days creating content, reading a juicy book, or binge-watching her latest television obsession when she’s not working. 


Dana graduated from business school at Sacred Heart University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a minor in global cultural studies. She is currently enrolled in New York University’s online master’s program in American journalism, and she is studying French. 

About TripSavvy and Dotdash

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