Destination Experts are a lot like the rest of us who hang out on TripAdvisor. They love travel. So what sets them apart from the rest? For starters, they love to share tips with other travelers. They can’t go a day without helping someone research and plan a trip. Perhaps more than anyone, DEs know that to plan the perfect trip, you need advice from real travelers who have visited the places you want to go.
Our Destination Experts are a very diverse group, spanning continents and generations, from Africa to Sydney, age 17 to 80+. Some of them reside in their destination of expertise and want to help people have a great visit to their hometown. Other DEs came to TripAdvisor looking for advice about their own trip. Now, as regular visitors to their destination, they have the insider info it takes to help other travelers.
As diverse as they are, all of our DEs have one thing in common: they love helping travelers. That’s why they volunteer their time on the TripAdvisor forums. And for the majority of them, that’s a lot of time. Many of them spend several hours a week on the forums, and some spend 20 or more! As you probably know, talking about travel can be quite addictive.
We find new DEs mostly through nominations from the community and self-nominations. Know someone? Read the general requirements for becoming a DE, then visit this page and tell us whom you’d like to nominate. We also find new DEs through moderator recommendations. Our moderators spend a lot of time in the forums, so they are very good at spotting helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly members. Speaking of helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly, check out these characters doing their best snarky owl impressions in Denver!
We should take this chance to clarify that DEs are not moderators. They do not manage the forums, warn and ban users, or remove inappropriate content. That’s all done by TripAdvisor staff. DEs are not staff, they’re volunteers. That’s right, volunteers. So let’s all remember to thank a DE the next time they lend us a hand! It’s an easy thing to forget when you’re busy planning your trip, but we can all take the time to say thanks.