Maria Adelmann

Maria has written hundreds of hotel reviews, cruise ship reviews, destination-based packing guides, and travel how-tos for websites like TripAdvisor,, JC Penny, Target, and more. When she's not writing, she can be found traveling across the world trying out the best hotels, whether that be flying, sailing, or hopping on a train.


  • Maria has written for TripSavvy since December 2019
  • She has written content for TripAdvisor's websites, JC Penny, Target,, and more
  • Maria holds a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from Cornell University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Virginia


Prior to writing for TripSavvy, Maria was a writer for and a copywriter for Target. She also conducted several hotel stays and cruise ship sailings for TripAdvisor, and has traveled to over 15 countries by ship, train, and overnight buses. She has also won several awards for her work, including the George H. Coxe Award for Creative Writing and the Arthur Lynn Andrews Award for Fiction.


Maria earned a bachelor's degree in English and psychology from Cornell University in 2007. She also earned an MFA in creative writing from University of Virginia. 

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