About Us - Destination42

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Destination42 was created to offer inspiration and advice for anyone planning their honeymoon or destination wedding. We’re profiling real couples as well as industry experts to offer you the best information possible, whether you’re planning a destination wedding at Walt Disney World, a Hawaiian Honeymoon, or a “second honeymoon” in Costa Rica. Oh, and why  the “42”? Because all these destinations are “for two” people. (See what we did there?)

On Destination42 you can find:

Honeymoon Stories and Wedding Stories. We interview couples about their experiences planning (and enjoying) their honeymoons and destination weddings. Learn from their mistakes and lucky finds or just get ideas for your own trip.

42 Tips. These articles tell you just about everything you need to know about a destination. Where to stay, what to eat, and must-know advice so you can have a perfect trip.

Wedding and Honeymoon Advice. Find gorgeous wedding dresses, delicious wedding cakes or the perfect wedding gift idea. Whether you’re a bride, groom or guest you’ll find plenty of helpful tips.

Editorial Policy:

Destination42 is an independent website, and everything in it is either the opinions of our writers, experts, or interviewed couples. The distinction between advertising and editorial content will always be clear. We do occasionally accept press trips and free samples, but only when they’re relevant to our audience and if they allow us to visit more places worthy of your honeymoon or destination wedding. However, we will only cover destinations we think are worth your time and will always give our honest opinions in reviews.

Want to Contribute?

We welcome pitches and story ideas. If you’re a couple with an interesting destination wedding or honeymoon and want to be profiled, contact us here. Or if you’re a writer with a unique story idea, email contact[at]destination42.com. While we can’t compensate monetarily for stories we can help promote your blog or personal website.

Want to advertise with us?

We’d love to work with you! We can offer display ads, sponsored content, giveaways and more. Just email sarah[at]destination42.com to start the conversation.

Meet the Team:

sarah-profileSarah Carrillo Riswick, Founder and Editor: Prior to launching Destination42, Sarah was a Senior Editor at Total Beauty Media and an Editor at SavvyMiss.com, covering everything from beauty and fashion to food, relationships, and careers. Her near-obsession with both travel and weddings prompted her to start a site where the two intersect. She loves her dogs/office managers Maggie and Nellie, a perfectly crafted cocktail, and short walks on the beach (that sand is a killer). Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @destination42




Lindsey SireraLindsey Sirera, Editorial Assistant: Lindsey is a New Orleans native who’s currently studying journalism at Pepperdine University in the beach town of Malibu, California. Since moving to SoCal, she’s worked with TotalBeauty.com and Malibu Magazine.  A self-proclaimed sweets-aholic, Lindsey has an unquenchable obsession with cupcakes, and spends way too much time (and gas money) at the Sprinkles Cupcakes in Beverly Hills. Stay updated on all her cupcake encounters on Instagram @lynzee_lovely






PoppyEmily Popp, Contributor: Known by many as “Poppy,” Emily is a fashion and beauty writer who traded New York City freezing winters for sunny California. During her time in the Big Apple, Emily wrote for  fashion industry magazine The Daily Front Row and later moved to Los Angeles and became the associate editor of TotalBeauty.com. When she’s not hunched over her MacBook Pro writing, she likes browsing vintage shops and going to improv comedy shows. Follow Emily on Instagram @epoppy






jamesJames Riswick, Contributor: James Riswick is an editor at automotive website Edmunds.com. Ostensibly, he drives cars then either writes about them or talks about them on video. Tough gig. But cars have to be driven somewhere and there’s nothing he enjoys reading more than stories about epic cross-country road trips or unique driving adventures to far-flung locales. True to form, his honeymoon was spent doing a lap of the Big Island of Hawaii. Speaking of which, he’s married to Sarah. That’s totally a coincidence. You can follow him on Twitter @jriswick




1001839_10200507142295862_586927201_nKatherine Mueller, Intern: Katherine is a Saint Louis native that went upstate to study English and Creative Writing at Eastern Illinois University. She is mastering the art of a good cup of coffee at her day job as a barista, and writes poetry (and term papers) at night. When not writing, she likes to try new cookie recipes and keep up the small forest in her bedroom. You can see her prettiest works of latte art on her instagram, @kathedog






erin-kayataErin Kayata, Intern: Erin is a Massachusetts native currently studying journalism at Emerson College. Fresh out of a semester studying in Europe, she enjoys exploring her native New England and writing about her experiences. Find her on Twitter at @erin_kayata.







cute dogMaggie, Office Manager: Can’t type, can’t answer the phone, can’t make a Starbucks run. Clearly she was hired for her looks.






nellie-staff-picNellie, Assistant to the Office Manager: Also not so great with the typing. We may need to rethink our hiring policies.