Merissa Principe

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Merissa Principe spends almost all year in hotels as she searches the world for the best travel, beauty, and wellness trends. She's a freelance travel writer based out of New York City. Her work has appeared in HelloGiggles, Instyle, Travel + Leisure, and other publications.


After graduating from college in New York City, Merissa began traveling around the United States as an actress working for an entertainment company. She lived in Germany for three years, teaching preschool on an army base for the U.S. Government. It was there that her travel addiction was born. When she moved back to New York City, she started her blog, City Girl Riss, for family and friends. Soon, she landed her first job writing for the travel and lifestyle section of CBS Local. Since then, she has started freelancing for several publications, including HelloGiggles, Instyle, Shape, Travel + Leisure, Yahoo, and more.

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