Born and raised in Hawaii, Tippe Morlan moved to Utah in 2010 after finishing a BS in Urban Planning at the University of Southern California. She became passionate about tourism planning and cultural preservation while volunteering at the Thai Community Development Center in Los Angeles.
She discovered travel hacking in graduate school which quickly became her biggest hobby. She began traveling the world on mistake fares, credit card points, and airline miles and loves sharing her passion for cheap travel.
Tippe has visited 67 countries, 40 states, and all 7 continents since graduate school, all while maintaining a full-time desk job. She currently works as a Senior Planner for the City of Saratoga Springs and serves as Vice-Chair for the International Division and Assistant Professional Development Officer for the Utah Chapter of the American Planning Association.
Tippe has had a passport since she was 2 years old and was privileged to visit her mother’s family in Thailand every few years. In college, she quickly discovered that travel doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money, and she enjoys taking trips over long weekends to avoid using all her vacation time. Some of the places she has traveled over a long weekend include Singapore, Madrid, Chile, St. Thomas (USVI), and Dubai. With her passion for affordable and fast travel, Tippe enjoys sharing her travel knowledge with anyone who will listen.
She is also currently preparing to speak at TEDxSaltLakeCity on the topic of “Binge Travel” with the goal of making travel more accessible to all.
The first time Ben stepped foot on an airplane was when he was 19 years old and moving to Germany for a couple of years.
Then in 2009, he took a trip to Fiji with a humanitarian group for six weeks. During the trip, he got to take a few days and visit New Zealand. The experience really opened his eyes and sparked his love for travel.
Since then, Ben has always been either traveling or planning his next trip.
In 2013, Ben learned about travel credit cards and how to save money on flights, hotels, and more with points and miles. In the last seven years, he’s earned tens of thousands of dollars in “free” travel.
For a long time, travel was a much-needed escape from the challenges and stresses of life. But over time, it’s evolved into an opportunity for Ben to learn more about and develop empathy for himself and the people around him.
Ben has also had the chance to travel with his children, which has allowed him to create stronger bonds with them and help them learn things about themselves and the world around them long before he did.
In his day job, Ben is a freelance writer, covering travel and personal finance for various publications and websites. His work has appeared in U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Success, Wirecutter, Fox Business, and more.
Ben also help run the Freelance Writer Academy, which is designed to help other freelance writers build their careers and achieve their dreams of working for themselves.