Elissa Garay


  • A seasoned travel/lifestyle journalist and editor, Elissa has traveled to and reported on nearly 60 countries around the globe. Still, no place on the planet has captured her attention and affection like her New York State hometown, where her roots stretch from New York City to the Hudson Valley.
  • Elissa is a regular contributor to outlets like CNN Travel, AFAR, Condé Nast Traveler, Cruise Critic, and more; she’s also worked as a travel editor at AFAR, Fodor’s, and ShermansTravel.
  • Elissa helped to update the Fodor's New York City 2017 guidebook.


A travel journalist and editor since 2001—and contributor to TripSavvy since 2014—Elissa suffers from a quenchless cultural curiosity and insatiable appetite for all that's new and noteworthy. While she’s tirelessly traveled the world while out on the prowl for the next big "scoop,” she claims that she’s yet to turn up any contender as captivating as her New York State hometown.

Her backyard beat stretches from the dynamic, cultured, and one-of-a-kind NYC, where she was born and forged her writing career, to her current stomping grounds in the idyllic Hudson Valley, set just up the river from the “big city,” where she graduated university with a journalism degree and has since returned to to raise her family on the edge of the woods in the hip and historic enclave of Kingston.  

For TripSavvy, she sets out to report back on the best of all that's new—without overlooking the tried and true—in New York City and the Hudson Valley, covering events, openings, neighborhood profiles, suggested itineraries, and more, with reporting geared toward locals and visitors alike.

When not writing for TripSavvy, Elissa’s articles have been featured in CNN Travel, Condé Nast Traveler, AFAR, Travel + Leisure, Cruise Critic, The Huffington Post, USA Today, and more. She also was a contributor to the Fodor's New York City 2017 guidebook.

Elissa has additionally been featured as a travel expert on television, radio, and newspaper outlets like Good Morning America Now, ABC News Now, NPR, and the Los Angeles Times.


Elissa holds a BA in Journalism from SUNY New Paltz and a Professional Certificate in Editing from New York University. 

Awards and Publications
  • Elissa contributed to the Fodor's New York City 2017 guidebook.

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