Tara Zirker Follow Facebook Twitter Freelance writer and authorLived and studied in Hawaii Experience Tara Zirker is a former writer for TripSavvy for one year. Tara's experiences have taken her from Puerto Rico to Argentina, but her favorite place to live and work is Hawaii. As a contributor to publications such as Honolulu Magazine and Hawaii Business Magazine, she is always on the lookout for a good story. She is the author of a book on starting a business. Education Tara Zirker earned her master's degree in sustainable development from Hawaii Pacific University and studied political science during her undergraduate years at Boise State University. About TripSavvy and Dotdash TripSavvy, a Dotdash brand, is a travel site written by real experts, not anonymous reviewers. 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 New York City, 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. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.