Portrait of Shanna Bell Ellis

Shanna Bell Ellis

With an unwavering passion for exploration and a knack for storytelling, Shanna enjoys taking readers on unforgettable journeys to some of the most remarkable destinations on Earth. Hailing from Auburndale, Florida, Shanna's roots are firmly planted in the Sunshine State. Growing up surrounded by its natural beauty and vibrant culture, she developed a deep connection to her home and a profound appreciation for its hidden treasures. Shanna embarked on her professional journey in 2014 as part of the Strive Media team. There, she quickly rose to become the first Managing Editor of Trips to Discover, a role that allowed her to channel her creativity and wanderlust into captivating travel narratives. From exhilarating road trips through the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Georgia to leisurely drives along Florida's iconic A1A, Shanna's travels have taken her across the Eastern coast of the United States. With each adventure, she uncovers the essence of these destinations, immersing herself in their unique stories and capturing the spirit of their landscapes. Today, as the Content Director for Trips to Discover and all other brands under the Strive Media umbrella, Shanna brings her wealth of experience and passion for travel to the forefront. Through carefully curated content, she invites readers on a journey of discovery, offering a glimpse into the world's most captivating locales and inspiring a sense of wanderlust in every soul.

Stories by Shanna


Could You Totally Unplug at a Secluded Airbnb? Your Stay, Gas and Snacks Are On Us

Jan 5, 2021

** Sorry, applications have closed! ** Congratulations to our winner Jeanne T. and family in Eau Claire, WI! Since we started Trips To Discover back in 2014 our… continue reading

Survey Says!

We Asked & You Answered: The U.S. States Everyone Wants to Visit in 2020

Jan 14, 2020

We went on the search to discover America’s top vacation destination in 2020, and decided to go straight to the source. We asked our 1.5 million monthly readers… continue reading

Discover the Royal Flush Water Slide in Waco, Texas

Jul 21, 2016

Now this is an adrenaline rush that belongs on your summer bucket list. continue reading

Cool Off

The Venetian Pool in Florida: America’s Largest Freshwater Pool

Jun 30, 2016

In 1921, America's largest freshwater pool was just an abandoned rock quarry. In 1923 developers reconfigured this 4 acre quarry into what is now, the only pool on the National Register of Historic Places. continue reading

Discover Dry Tortugas National Park & Fort Jefferson in the Florida Keys

Jun 9, 2016

Sure, you're aware that Florida is home to some incredible state parks, and you're certainly aware that there's little in the world that can compare to the Florida Keys. But did you know that one of the most secluded parks in the world lies just outside Key West? continue reading

Adventure Time

7 Things You Didn’t Even Know You Could Do for Fun in Florida

Jun 3, 2016

Sure, you've come to know and love some of Florida's most popular tourist traps, but how well versed are you with its off-the beaten paths excursions? Here's a few things to do in Florida that even some locals have been missing! continue reading

Grab Your Gear!

17 Best Places to Camp in Florida (By Region)

Nov 5, 2015

You can stay in the wetlands of old Florida, spot gators, explore historic hiking trails, or pitch your tent on the beach and launch your canoe. Here's just a glimpse into the multitude of Florida campsites. continue reading

Fun Favorites

14 Things To Do For Fun in Orlando Besides Theme Parks

Oct 13, 2015

It's no secret that most out-of-towners think Orlando and theme parks like Disney World, Sea World or Universal Studios all go hand in hand, but this central Florida… continue reading

Seasonal Guide

12 Unbelievable Florida Corn Mazes You Need To Visit This Fall

Oct 7, 2015

There are a few seasonal traditions that come to mind when you think of fall. Apple picking, pumpkin patches, watching the leaves change, and exploring your local corn… continue reading

Hidden Gems

16 Incredible Places in Florida You May Have Never Heard Of

Sep 17, 2015

Planning a trip to Florida? You're in luck. Florida has a plethora of beaches, bars, scenic views, and tourist traps, but if you're looking for something out of the ordinary, then we've got you covered. Here are 17 places in Florida you've likely never heard of before. continue reading

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