Jillian Dara

Jillian Dara
Title: Fact-checker
Education: Emerson College
Location: Boston, MA
Expertise: Lifestyle

Jillian is a freelance journalist with 10 years of editorial experience in the lifestyle genre. Within Dotdash-Meredith, she is a writer and fact-checker for TripSavvy, as well as a fact-checker for The Spruce, Southern Living, Travel + Leisure and Real Simple.


  • Published in Travel + Leisure, Forbes, USA Today, Shape Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Vinepair, 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 fact-checking for Real Simple, Jillian covers various topics from food and wine to luxury travel and culture guides for outlets such as Travel + Leisure, Forbes, Conde Nast Traveler, Wine Enthusiast, Vinepair, 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.

About Real Simple

Real Simple, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning, trusted online resource for smart, authentic solutions to simplify your life. We reach 11 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists and fact-checked for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.

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