Melissa is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn. She’s written lifestyle features for Glamour, Bon Appetit, USA Today, Thrillist, MIC, Insider, Broadly, Vice, Racked and many more publications. She’s also currently working on a novel.
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve covered?
A day camp for cats.
What website do you check first every day?
How do you relax?
A bubble bath with a glass of wine and a magazine. Or a long walk!
Film or TV?
I love TV. Probably because I don’t have to leave the house to watch it.
Books or ebooks?
Books. Always books.
Wine or beer?
Street food or fine dining?
Both! But not “street food-inspired fine dining” – please stop.
Your secret travel tip?
It might not be much of a secret, but make conversation with locals – cab drivers, bartenders, shopkeepers – as much as you can. And don’t be shy about asking them for tips on their favourite places.
Your three travel essentials?
My camera, a good book and my childhood stuffed dog, Woof.
Your essential luxury?
Manicures and pedicures. I consider getting my nails done more of an essential than a luxury, which may not be great.
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