About Us

Dream. Discover. Go...

TripsToDiscover is on its way to becoming the #1 travel discovery platform. Our mission is simple. We aim to inspire you to travel more, to turn day dreamers into fanatical travelers. You don't need another travel booking site. You need ideas. We will help you discover your next destination and then provide you with the tools to turn that trip into a reality. Let's get your bags packed!

Dream.

The world is vast and incredible. Dare to go beyond your borders. Dare to experience something new. Sharpen your pencil and start your bucket list!

Discover.

Uncover unique experiences and destinations across the world. Whether you want to explore your own state or journey through another country.

Go.

Use our comparison tools to save money on everything from your hotel to your flight. Pack your bags, it's time to go!

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Meet the Team

Dayne Ford

Founder/CEO

Dayne Ford

Dayne was born in South Africa and spent the early years of his life there before moving to Sarasota, Florida. He founded Strive Media, the parent company of Trips To Discover in 2008. He has a lifelong passion for entrepreneurship and eats, sleeps and breathes all things digital. Most of his time at the office is spent furthering the impact of our brand and finding awesome, talented people to join us in our mission.

Shanna Bell Ellis

Managing Editor

Shanna Bell Ellis

Shanna is a true wanderlust at heart. She takes great joy in detailing the beauty of the destinations she sees firsthand, as well as the one she encounters through the web. Uncovering secrets of the world’s leading destinations has only heightened her desire to trek across the globe one article at a time.

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Megan Ribbens

Content Strategist

Megan Ribbens

Megan is an award-winning journalist who grew up on Florida's Gulf Coast, but dreams of living in the mountains. She loves writing about new businesses and restaurants, and her favorite part of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.

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Samantha Melendez

Business Development

Samantha Melendez

Samantha joined Trips To Discover in 2017. With over 10 years of marketing and business development experience, she brings her passion for establishing and maintaining client relationships to the company. She was born and raised in the beautiful Berkshires, MA and has since lived in a variety of major cities including Madrid, London, Boston, and Phoenix. Samantha received her degree in Mass Communication from Boston University.

Maribeth Snyder

Social Media Manager

Maribeth Snyder

Maribeth is a true Florida Native. While she calls the Gulf Coast home, she's not afraid to go where the wind takes her. Receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from the University of Central Florida, Maribeth joined the Trips to Discover team in 2017. She is responsible for all things Social Media and enjoys interacting with followers across the country and even across the globe.

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Lauren Gilbride

Web/UI Designer

Lauren Gilbride

Lauren joined the Trips to Discover Team in 2016. She earned her degree in Design from Illinois State University, and has since lived in some of the most beautiful areas in the U.S. before settling down in Florida. She is responsible for the overall design and user experience of Trips To Discover, and enjoys incorporating the styles she's encountered from her travels into her design elements.

Nathan Ferdinandt

Director of Video Production

Nathan Ferdinandt

Nathan received his degree in film from the University of Central Florida before making his way to the Trips to Discover team in 2016. He is the talent behind all of our travel videos, on top of having an exciting film career.

Charity De Souza

Copy Editor & Contributing Author

Charity De Souza

Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Charity been traveling with her battered backpack full-time for over a decade. Exploring close to 60 countries, her favorite travel memories include skydiving in Switzerland, getting lost in Japan, road tripping through Iceland, snorkeling with turtles in Indonesia and watching a sunset in the Sahara Desert. She currently resides in Porto, Portugal with her husband.

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Sarah Tidwell

Outreach Coordinator

Sarah Tidwell

Sarah lives in Mississippi and completed her degree in theatre at the University of Southern Mississippi. She joined the Trips to Discover team in 2017 and is responsible for email outreach. As an avid traveler, both domestic and international, she enjoys her position at Trips to Discover as it allows her to learn about so many interesting places and events around the world.

Olivia Herlyn

Outreach Specialist

Olivia Herlyn

Olivia is a Connecticut native living in the beautiful wine region of Mendoza, Argentina. Before moving to Argentina, she earned a degree in International Business at the College of Charleston and moved to Colorado to be a ski instructor. As the daughter of a flight attendant, she knew from a young age that travel would be a big part of her life. She is thrilled to work for a company that is as passionate about travel as she is.

Holley Snaith

Outreach Specialist

Holley Snaith

Holley was born and raised in the Panhandle of Florida and graduated with a B.A. from the University of Florida. A history enthusiast, Holley has worked for the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt sites in New York and the Richard Nixon Foundation in California. These adventures early in her career instilled a passion for exploring the U.S. and chasing history. In addition to working in Outreach with Trips to Discover, Holley is pursuing her M.S.A. in Public Administration.

K.C. Dermody

Contributing Author

K.C. Dermody

K.C. Dermody is the author of 'Best Travel Guide for First Time Visitors to Ireland' and hundreds of travel articles published online and in print. She's traveled the world, currently living in Baja, Mexico. When she's not writing, she might be found swimming with sea lions in the Sea of Cortez, paddling among icebergs in Newfoundland, or hiking to the top of a volcanic crater in Iceland.

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Alyssa Ochs

Contributing Author

Alyssa Ochs

Alyssa is living the nomadic life as a full-time RVer and writing about her favorite places from the road. Armed with a passion for nature and the outdoors, you can usually find her hiking, climbing, kayaking, and exploring amazing new destinations with her husband and energetic dog named Monkey.

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Madison Dragna

Contributing Author

Madison Dragna

Madison is a freelance writer and small business owner living in Fort Collins, CO. When she's not writing about the best places in Colorado to visit, she's hiking, biking, doing yoga and traveling the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram @inanydirection_

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Jenn Baxter

Contributing Author

Jenn Baxter

Jenn is a freelance writer and author living in Charlotte, NC. As a tiny house enthusiast and minimalist, she believes life is more about doing things, than having things and loves to travel with her 2 dogs as often as possible. She also helps others learn how to strip down and clean up their homes, bodies and lives through her blog, Live a F.a.s.t. Life.

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Karyn Wofford

Contributing Author

Karyn Wofford

Karyn Wofford is a lifestyle writer, avid traveler and Georgia native. She grew up exploring everything from the mountains to the ocean and continues to find new and unique things to do in the places she travels.

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Riley

Chief Cuteness Officer

Riley

Riley actively curates cuteness and maintains workplace happiness. Being cute is hard work, but someone's gotta do it.

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