Jillian Dara

Jillian Dara

Jillian is a freelance journalist with 10 years of editorial experience in the lifestyle genre. She is a writer and fact-checker for TripSavvy, as well as a fact-checker for The Spruce.


  • Published in Travel + Leisure, Forbes, USA Today, Michelin Guides, Hemispheres and DuJour
  • Raised in Bermuda and lived in London, Santiago, Boston, and New York City
  • Former Editor in Chief and Managing Editor at travel and lifestyle magazines


Jillian Dara knew she would pursue journalism after her first day of interning at her hometown’s newspaper, The Royal Gazette, in Bermuda. Upon graduating, Jillian accepted an Associate Editor position in Santiago, Chile, an Editor-in-Chief position in Boston, and a Managing Editor role in New York, before entering the freelance world in 2018. In addition to TripSavvy, Jillian covers various topics from food and wine to luxury travel and culture guides for outlets such as Travel + Leisure, Forbes, USA Today, Michelin Guides, Hemispheres, and DuJour.


Jillian received a Bachelor of Science from Emerson College. In her sophomore year of college, Jillian studied at Queen Mary University, in London, England.

Expertise: Lifestyle
Education: Emerson College
Location: Boston, MA
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About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash Meredith brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce reaches 32 million people each month. Learn more about us and our editorial process, and our commitment to ensuring we are providing you with the most trustworthy advice by certified experts for your home and garden.

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