Make Your Next Trip Extraordinary

About Wendy and Her Team

Saving the World From Mediocre Trips

On behalf of, and by popular demand from, her longtime readership of sophisticated frequent travelers, Wendy has created a unique system designed to ensure that these travelers get the caliber of trip that they are looking for. Here’s how you too can get the best trips possible.

Town&Country magazine calls Wendy “The Travel Whisperer” who will take you “as close as you can get to vacation perfection.”  Condé Nast Traveler praises “The Wizardry of Wendy” and her “encyclopedic knowledge of all things travel.”  After 25 years as a travel journalist, advice columnist, and consumer advocate, Wendy has amassed comprehensive knowledge of the world’s best travel solutions and fixers.

Prior to founding, she was the Director of Consumer News and Digital Community at Condé Nast Traveler, where she wrote her practical advice column, The Perrin Report, for 17 years and her award-winning blog, The Perrin Post, for eight years. She started out long ago as the magazine’s Ombudsman (consumer advocate), investigating reader complaints about travel companies and helping wronged travelers get compensation, and that led to her book Wendy Perrin’s Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know (Fodor’s).

Wendy is also TripAdvisor’s first-ever Travel Advocate, advising its more than 315 million monthly visitors—the world’s largest travel community. She has been a keynote speaker at conferences worldwide, on cruise ships, at Harvard University, and at the United Nations.  Television appearances include The Today Show, Good Morning America, and many programs on CNN. She has won the Travel Journalist of the Year award, earned a Lowell Thomas award for investigative journalism, and been a finalist for a National Magazine Award—the magazine industry’s most prestigious editorial honor. She graduated cum laude from Harvard, where she majored in History and Literature.

This is where travel truth lives now

At we sometimes accept reduced rates to cover our travel costs. Unlike many sites that accept free trips and are secretly paid to promote travel suppliers, we always disclose any sponsored travel we accept. All sponsors also sign our policy of editorial freedom: They agree in writing that their sponsorship offers no guarantee of coverage and will not influence our reporting. We believe you appreciate and value such transparency. You’ve come to expect unbiased coverage from Wendy, and we won’t let you down. Wendy is not about to squander a reputation for credibility, built over 25 years, for a free trip.

 Meet the Team

I cannot thank my all-star team enough for their selfless contributions to this site in support of our shared mission: to uphold travel truth and to help our longtime readers get the extraordinary experiences they crave.


Billie on Halong Bay, Vietnam

Billie Cohen, Digital Strategy Director
Billie launched and was editor of the site for three years. Prior to that she launched Time Out Singapore, served as deputy editor of Time Out New York, and was a columnist and blogger for The New York Times. She’s @billietravels on InstagramTwitter and Pinterest.

Favorite WOW Travel Moment: Eating birthday cake and sipping wine on a new friend’s balcony in Istanbul, talking history, politics, and travel as the boats floated by on the Bosphorus. He’d broken a toe and was stranded at home, so our mutual friend suggested we bring the party to him. It was unexpected and brilliant, and I learned more about the city that night than during the whole of the rest of the trip. It’s always the people for me.


Brook in Rio

Brook in Rio

Brook Wilkinson, Editor
Brook’s work as a travel writer and former Condé Nast Traveler editor has taken her all over the globe: She’s bought a car in an Australian outback pub, had a baby named after her in the Peruvian Amazon, and been medevacked out of the Serengeti in Tanzania. Brook has been testing travel planners alongside Wendy–through both interviews and firsthand experience–since 2002, and has personally met nearly every Trusted Travel Expert on our WOW List.

Favorite WOW Travel Moment: Standing above the clouds at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.


Sara in Moscow

Sara in Moscow

Sara Tucker, Editor
Sara is a native Vermonter who left a job with Condé Nast Traveler to go indie, publishing her first book (Our House in Arusha, a memoir set in Tanzania) in 2011. She now reports on travel trends from a perch in Fontainebleau Forest, France. She blogs at Sadie and Company, and you can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Favorite WOW Travel Moment: Stargazing in the Serengeti as Comet Hayakutake blazed across the sky.


Tim caught this tiger fish in the Zambezi.

Tim fulfilling his dream of catching a tiger fish in the Zambezi

Timothy Baker, Contributing Photographer
Tim had been to 80 countries on seven continents before meeting Wendy. He had even lived in a tent in Antarctica as an expedition photographer for Greenpeace. A photojournalist and photo editor formerly with The New York Times and the Associated Press, he is contributing the many pictures he shoots on trips with Wendy and their children, Charlie and Doug.

Favorite WOW Travel Moment: Witnessing three rhinos in a battle royale in the bush in South Africa. “The ground shook and you could feel the thuds.”


Charlie befriends a falcon in Dubai

Charlie befriends a falcon in Dubai

Charlie, 16, has been to more than 50 countries and has plenty of advice for parents planning trips with their kids. For instance, he recommends turning museum visits into scavenger hunts. “Go to the museum gift shop and buy postcards of the things you want your kids to find, then let them run around the museum trying to find them.” He started his own travel blog when he was eight.

Favorite WOW Travel Moment: Snorkeling with whale sharks—the world’s biggest fish—off the coast of Mexico.


Doug plays with new friends in their schoolyard in Chiawa, Zambia.

Doug makes new friends in a schoolyard in Zambia.

Doug, 14, has also been to more than 50 countries, and he has made a lot of friends along the way. His best tip for meeting kids in other countries? Bring a soccer ball. “You can even leave the soccer ball with them when you go home, so they remember you.”

Favorite WOW Travel Moment: Paragliding over Masada, in Israel.

Read this sampling of the reviews that travelers have posted after returning from trips arranged by my Trusted Travel Experts. These reviews illustrate how the right fixer transforms a trip from average to extraordinary.

The New Travel Conference
June 25, 2020
The Wall Street Journal
May 30, 2020
Town & Country magazine
May 9, 2020
Town & Country magazine
October 17, 2019
U.S. News & World Report
April 3, 2019
AP Travel Podcast "Get Outta Here!"
September 19, 2018
The Wall Street Journal
December 27, 2017
U.S. News & World Report
November 28, 2017
U.S. News & World Report
October 23, 2017
U.S. News & World Report
September 25, 2017
U.S. News & World Report
September 12, 2017
The Mercury News
July 30, 2017
U.S. News & World Report
July 6, 2017
U.S. News & World Report
May 25, 2017
February 24, 2017
U.S. News & World Report
November 15, 2016
Town & Country magazine
October 5, 2016
U.S. News & World Report
September 29, 2016
U.S. News & World Report
September 22, 2016
September 2016
U.S. News & World Report
July 14, 2016
Town & Country magazine
April 14, 2016
U.S. News & World Report
March 2, 2016
Family Vacation Critic
January 18, 2016
January 13, 2016
Town & Country magazine
December 2015 / January 2016
U.S. News & World Report
November 10, 2015
Skift Global Forum: Video Interview
October 14, 2015
Martha Stewart Weddings
October 4, 2015
Independent Traveler
July 14, 2015
Real Simple
July 2015 issue
The Travel Show (national radio)
July 5, 2015
O, The Oprah Magazine
July 2015
The Denver Post
June 22, 2015
May 20, 2015
The Wall Street Journal
May 11, 2015
Cruise Critic
April 28, 2015
Luxury Travel Advisor
March 18, 2015
The Boston Globe
February 28, 2015
The Boston Globe
January 17, 2015
December 27, 2014
Fox Business Network
December 22, 2014
Rudy Maxa's World (radio travel show)
December 13, 2014
Budget Travel
December 8, 2014
U.S. News & World Report
October 27, 2014
Town & Country Travel
Fall/Winter 2014
FOX Business
September 2, 2014
HOTELS magazine
August 27, 2014
Travel + Leisure
September 2014
Allure magazine
August 2014
Elite Traveler magazine
July/August 2014
The TODAY Show
June 25, 2014
Travel + Leisure
June 2014
Weather Channel AMHQ
May 15, 2014
Today (Singapore newspaper)
May 15, 2014
NY Post: Media City
October 20, 2013
BBC Travel
August 28, 2013

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