Trip Insiders was started 2018 due to the need for a website helping travellers with real properly researched advice to help people avoid spam on travel forums.
But it really started back in 2014, when I planned and embarked on the trip of a lifetime to the Philippines.
Never the type to choose a cookie cutter “Luxury” resort on TripAdvisor, I wanted to do something different. The thought of that kind of travel bored and even maybe repulsed me. Eating heavily all day and never seeing anything outside of the resort just never appealed to me.
After deciding to go the DIY travel planner route I spent many months of research trawling through not very reliable sources.
I always found once you got off the beaten path that the reviews become shoniker, but I knew that was where the treasures were. TripAdvisor was useless, and obviously manipulated via managers and hotel owners. There wasn’t much info available but I guess that was why I was going, it was an adventure!
but I guess that was why I was going, it was an adventure.
Unsurprisingly, I suffered a few nasty surprises in my trip. My hotel that was highly highly rated was damp, mildew everywhere and it was horribly hot. The room aircon didn’t work, the bathroom was putrid and there was no mosquito screen! My hotel and the local area sucked!
After this trip I vowed to fix travel advice available on the internet. There was a need for unbiased, expert travel advice for travel location that was not crowd sourced reviews based information made by one time travellers and hotel owners.
And why didn’t any travel sites focus on travel experiences? I don’t get it. The hotel is just one part of the experience.
It took me four years to realise this dream but now it is a reality. TripInsiders.org was born to help others with the advice I wish I had.
In 2021 we have grown to a collective of huge collective of travel writers and local travel experts.
Our dream is to provide the world’s best source of quality travel advice from the world’s experts who live and work in the places you want to travel.
I am are always looking for new and exciting experiences to add to help other travellers like you. Let us know if you are a travel expert in your area. We’d love to hear from you too!
Meet The Team
Founder of Trip Insiders and keen travel writer. I help research the North America content mainly and manage the team but also love writing.
Editor, Travel Writer and Copywriter based in Eastern Europe. I’m so grateful that I have a job where I can travel the world and still do what I love on my laptop. When I’m not travelling I’m usually saving for my next adventure and hanging at home writing for work or writing my book.
Kris Ryan Quirino
I’m a Team Lead, Webmaster, Researcher & Writer based in the Philippines. When I’m not taking care of my kids two wonderful little kids. My passion is Renewable Energy and I am currently completing my Masters of Solar Systems Engineering.
Traveller, Australia Writer
I’m an Aussi recently repatriated to Australia after a few years in the USA. I cover everything “Down Unda”. At the moment I’m loving being back at home with my family and can’t wait till lockdowns lift to start covering our beautiful country.
I’m Trip Insiders official food aficionado. I love learning new foods and recipes from my travels and sharing them in my writing.
I’m a digital artist and the guy behind the cool banners here at trip insiders. Check out my designs and contact me at behance.
Want To Work With Us?
We are always on the lookout for local experts with unique backgrounds and cool things to share. If you want to work with us please get in contact, we would love to hear from you!