About HopDes

About HopDes


Ever felt the urge to explore the world? At HopDes, we not only understand that urge but guide it with passion and knowledge. We provide travel advice and resources to help people plan their trips and make the most of their journeys. Our goal is to help travelers have amazing experiences that will enrich their lives and expand their horizons.
We believe that travel is about more than just visiting new places – it’s about experiencing new cultures, trying new food, and embarking on new adventures. That’s why we offer more than just information about different locations – we also provide tips and advice for making the most of your travel experience.
Whether you’re looking for an exciting new destination to explore or simply want some advice on how to make the most of your time on vacation, we hope you’ll find everything you need here. Our team of seasoned travelers will make sure that your next adventure is fulfilling for both the body and the soul.
We’re excited to share our love of travel with you.

Editorial Guidelines


Here at HopDes, our editorial team is committed to publishing high-quality content that is both accurate and authentic. We believe that travel should be an enriching experience for everyone involved, and we strive to reflect that in our content.

To ensure correctness and authenticity, we fact-check all of our articles before they are published. If we do make a mistake, we correct it immediately and transparently. We also adhere to strict ethical guidelines when it comes to editorial content.

We also do not accept sponsored content or paid reviews masquerading as editorial content. Our editorial team is dedicated to publishing the best possible travel content, and we hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy creating it.

Our editorial team completes a course on International Travel Preparation, Safety, & Wellness and obtains certification prior to engaging in any activities on the website.

Our editorial guidelines comprise the following major cornerstones.

Authenticity


Our highly experienced editorial team is dedicated to ensuring the authenticity and accuracy of the information on the website. The editorial staff regularly fact-checks all of our articles to ensure that they are based on reliable sources and up-to-date information.

We also regularly update our content to reflect any changes in travel regulations or policies. As a result, you can be confident that the information on our website is accurate and up-to-date.

Moreover, it is extremely important for HopDes to uphold originality throughout the content on our website. Any piece of content that is found to be plagiarized, or based on false or fabricated information, is rejected immediately and can be grounds for termination for the concerned contributors.

Ethics


HopDes is highly committed to upholding its editorial independence throughout the content available on the website. We maintain that our editorial calendar cannot be purchased or influenced in any way, shape, or form by means of sponsorship or partnership of any sort.

We are extremely clear about the use and importance of the word “review” in our content. Any piece of content with the aforementioned word is strictly editorial and reflects the personal thoughts and opinions of the HopDes team.

Any potential partnerships or sponsorships cannot influence or alter the editorial content available on the website, per FTC guidelines. In addition, we also strive to be in compliance with the Fair Use policy wherever applicable.

Corrections


At HopDes, we are always striving to provide our readers with accurate and up-to-date information. If you spot a correction that needs to be made or have a suggestion for an edit or update, we would love to hear from you.

Our corrections policy is simple: just send us an email at editor@hopdes.com and we will take a look. Please note that we have a rigorous vetting process on all of our articles before they are published, but sometimes things can slip through the cracks.

We appreciate your help in keeping our information accurate and up-to-date!

Diversity and Inclusion


There’s no denying that the world of travel can be exclusive. Whether it’s high-end resorts that cater to a wealthy clientele or bucket-list destinations that are difficult to reach, many people feel left out of the travel industry.

However, there are also websites and companies like HopDes that are committed to diversity and inclusion in travel.

HopDes recognizes that everyone should have the opportunity to explore the world, regardless of their race, gender, religion, or socioeconomic status. By featuring diverse destinations and highlighting marginalized communities, HopDes is helping to make the world of travel more inclusive for everyone.
So whether you’re looking for information on under-the-radar places or tips on how to travel sustainably, we make sure that everyone feels at home in the world of travel. HopDes is committed to the fight against systemic racism and oppression of marginalized communities, and we make sure to further this cause through our content.

Editorial Team


The team behind HopDes is a group of passionate individuals who believe that life is all about experiences. We are experts in our field, and we have a wealth of knowledge to share with our clients. But more importantly, we are adventurers who believe in living life to the fullest.

We understand that not everyone shares our passion for travel, but we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the world in new and exciting ways. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to provide hassle-free travel experiences for everyone.

Whether you’re planning your first trip or you’re a seasoned traveler, our team is here to help. We’ll work with you to tailor a travel itinerary that meets your needs and budget, and we’ll provide all the support you need along the way. So if you’re ready to start planning your next adventure, we invite you to meet the team. We can’t wait to show you the world!

The HopDes Editorial Staff is a team of experienced editors and seasoned travelers who have years of experience in the industry. They are highly qualified, and fully vetted to audit, review, and fact-check any content produced by HopDes.

Hassam Nasir
Founder

Hassam, the founder of Hopdes.com, holds a degree in Computer Science and has a rich background in the tech industry. As the Managing Editor for the PC Hardware review section on Appuals, he has spent over a decade reviewing and testing PC hardware, leading a dedicated team of tech enthusiasts. Beyond his tech endeavors, Hassam's passion for travel led him to create Hopdes.com. An avid traveler himself, he envisioned this platform as a vibrant escape from his tech-centric lifestyle. In addition to his work on Hopdes, Hassam contributes to XDA-Developers and crafts content strategies for Appuals.

Umar Ali
Co-Founder | Editor-in-Chief

As an Editor in Chief, I am always on the road, searching for hidden gems, undiscovered waterfalls, enticing hikes to explore, underrated delis, and more. Crafting compelling content that captures the true essence of each place is my passion. With years of experience in travel journalism, I strive to provide unbiased and factual content based on my real-life experiences. When I'm not out exploring, you can find me delving into local markets and devouring new foods, immersing myself in the cultures and communities that make each destination unique. It might sound like a tough job, but I love it!

Certified: International Travel Preparation, Safety, & Wellness

Certified: Reuters Digital Journalism

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Areeba Naveed
Senior Editor

Areeba Naveed is an accomplished editor who brings a wealth of expertise to the role of senior editorial director at Hopdes. With a strong background in journalism, Areeba joined the Hopdes team in June 2023, ready to make a significant impact. Her dedication to storytelling and capturing the essence of captivating narratives sets her apart.

Throughout her career, Areeba has honed her skills by working with renowned publications and media outlets. Her keen eye for detail and ability to create engaging content have garnered recognition within the industry. Areeba's passion lies in uncovering hidden gems and sharing unique perspectives, making her the perfect fit for a dynamic editorial position.

Certified: Reuters Digital Journalism

Certified: International Travel Preparation, Safety, & Wellness

Zonash Arshad
EU Editor

Zonash Arshad is a British traveler who has been dwelling around the whole EU to satisfy her wanderlust. She is an LLB graduate from the University of Westminster, which brings legal expertise to her writing along with a strong traveling sense. When she’s not fact-checking, writing, or reviewing the content on Hopdes, she can be found planning her next travel destination in her journal. She was last seen roaming around the Regent St, in London.

Zalah Khan
Middle-East Editor

Zalah is LLB Graduate from the University of Westminster and joined the hopdes team in June 2022. She has been a linguistics expert and interpreter for a few years at Pearl Linguistics in London dealing with people mostly from the middle-east side. She loves the thrills and adventures embedded deeply into her genes owing to her biracial Pashtun and Persian heritage. She speaks Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Pashtu and English. Whilst she is afraid of heights but her adrenaline pushes her to take the 60-foot leap of faith body slide everytime she is at the Aqua Venture Water Park in Dubai. She recently went onto the Jebel Jais Flight at speeds of up to 150km/h (93mph) along a 2.8km (1.7-mile) cable weighing more than six tonnes. She was last seen at the Museum Of Illusions at the Dubai Creek.

Asjad Sheikh
Travel Tips Editor

Asjad Sheikh is a travel enthusiast who shares invaluable travel tips and insights to help you create unforgettable journeys of your own. Asjad is also an ethical hacker by profession, he explores the intersection of technology and travel, sharing captivating tales of exploration while offering valuable insights on cybersecurity during his journeys.

 
 
 
Sara Anwar
US Editor

Sara Anwar is hopdes's US editorial director and a globetrotter. She joined the Hopdes team in July 2022. She has done more than 300,000 miles back and forth. She's been to more than 80% of the world, and her passion for understanding different cultures has only grown stronger with time. A traveler at heart, she loves to experience new cultures and learn new languages. Sara's wealth of travel experience makes her the perfect person to oversee a travel website – after all, who knows better what travelers want and need than she does?

Certified: International Travel Preparation, Safety, & Wellness

Bilal Ahmed
Managing Editor

Step into the world of extraordinary travel experiences guided by Bilal Ahmed, a globetrotter and esteemed travel writer offering readers with a genuine and immersive travel experience. With a diverse history of travel and a reputation for unearthing hidden gems, Bilal has become a trusted source for wanderlust seekers around the globe. His enthusiasm for crafting engaging narratives will transport you to the heart and soul of each destination, making you feel like you're right there by his side. You will often find him wandering through new travel spots, travelers' problems, and sorting out their up-to-date solutions!

Certified: International Travel Preparation, Safety, & Wellness

Certified: Reuters Digital Journalism

Certified: Essential Skills for Career Development

Dawood Janjua
Author

Dawood Janjua joined HopDes in October 2023, He’s the man with a burning passion for travel, a true aficionado of what the world has to offer. This guy doesn't just wander; he dives headfirst into the great unknown, racking up an encyclopedia of experiences that spans from the concrete jungle to the wildest wilderness. In short, Dawood isn't just a traveler; he's the guy who helps you write the story of a lifetime, one incredible chapter at a time.

Certified: International Travel Preparation, Safety, & Wellness

Certified: Reuters Digital Journalism

Our Writers

At HopDes, we believe that good travel writing comes from a passion for exploring new places. That’s why our team is made up of experienced travelers and adventurers who are experts in their field. But more importantly, they’re also passionate about sharing their insights and experiences with the world.

Our writers are multilingual, which means they can offer unique perspectives on destinations around the globe. Moreover, because they’re familiar with different cultures and customs, they can offer valuable insights into unfamiliar territory. In short, they know what it takes to make a great travel story.

So whether you’re looking for tips on where to go and what to see, or just want to read about someone’s latest adventure, our writers act as the bridge between you and your dream travel destination.

Contact Us

Want to get in touch with the HopDes team for a suggestion or correction? We would love your feedback!
We are always working tirelessly to improve our content and incorporate your feedback. Feel free to reach out to for your suggestions and queries.

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