MasterCard Palm tree shadows on the sand shelter you from the sultry Caribbean sun as you sit and listen to nature. There’s no one else on the beach, and you meditate on the contrasts around you—to one side there’s the expanse of sea, and to the other, a vast tropical forest. Jungle creatures and crashing waves sing you a lullaby. You’ve arrived. Continue reading →


Discovery Blog When darkness covers the Yukon skies during Fall and Spring, sulfurous colors ripple into the night. The Northern Lights are a spectacle of nature available for free and one that can be experienced with much delight when surrounded by utter silence. No wonder camping is a popular option for visitors looking to catch the shimmering aurora borealis.  Continue reading  


SeekRetreat The immaculate surf breaks you see from the balcony at the Magnific Rock hotel in Popoyo, Nicaragua look like liquid sculptures. Sitting on the edge of a headland, the hotel's expansive view allows you to witness tiny surfers as they willingly envelop themselves in the majestic waves. Continue reading →


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From short destination reviews to feature pieces, Melissa covers a wide range of subjects in the arenas she's passionate about: the arts, simple living, and introspective travels. 

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Matador Network When you were going through your hard-drinking phase, you spent many nights downing shots at El Batey. This dark-and-crusty dive bar in the heart of Old San Juan is where you came to play pool, chat with the bartender for hours, and sing along to the Bob Dylan songs playing on an old vellonera. You liked that phase. It made you feel like a modern-day Hunter S. Thompson. Hell, you even wrote your own rum diary! Continue reading →