Melinda Crow

95 Flips | 4 Magazines | 1 Following | 8 Followers | @MelindaCrow | Experience Travel Expert. Bylines on Forbes, Travel Pulse, New York Post, & Fox News.

30 Tips Before You Book a Flight to Europe

Flying across the Atlantic brings its own set of challenges.

35 Top Snorkeling Destinations with No Passport Needed

Get your fix of undersea entertainment without the need to get stamped.

Ranking the World's 50 Foodie Capitals

A Chat About Cruising the Generation Gap

As a millennial, I was interested in interviewing Matthew Phillips, Director of Travel for AARP Services, Inc.—himself part of Generation X. …

Guidelines to Help Travelers Do The Galapagos Right

The Galapagos Islands are an unforgettable destination thanks in large part to the incredible diversity of animals found there.<p>The isolated islands, …

The Best Brewery in Every State

Trip-Worthy Waterfalls in Every US State

Noccaulula Falls is a 90-footer near Gadsden. The park includes a petting zoo, a train, a pioneer village, plus mini-golf. Sounds like a ready-made …

10 Places to Celebrate National Margarita Day All Year Long

10 Best Overnight Cruise Stopovers

It's hard to take that iconic Santorini Sunset picture if you aren't there at sunset. The answer to longer stays isn't necessarily staying in an …

Lunar New Year Celebrations Around the World

15 Trips to Get You Through What's Left of Winter

Young-at-Heart Moxy Cuts Across Generations

Marketed as edgy hotels perfect for young and hip travelers, Marriott's Moxy brand is positioned to capture what is possibly an unintended market …

20 Valentine's Day Trips for the Romantic Adventurer

AmaWaterways Has Luxury All Figured Out

We recently sailed on AmaSerena, which launched in 2016.<p>The décor is elegant, yet comfortable and inviting. There was plenty of seating in the public …

Christmas Market Cruises Offer Much More Than Shopping

By this time in December, you may be starting to wish you had booked a Christmas market river cruise.<p>They look so festive and are also a way to …

Caribbean Watersports Perfection

Cruises in the Caribbean almost always include options for those who love to play in the water. From scuba diving and snorkeling to kayaking, paddle …

The Healing Powers of Costa Rica's Forests

Forest bathing has been percolating for a few years as a trend in the spa industry.<p>The back-to-basics wellness practice involves strolling quietly …

Walk With Rhinos and Help Save Them

There are many ways to get involved in the effort to save rhinos from extinction.<p>One can donate to organizations working to protect them from …

It’s Not Too Late to Book a Christmas Market Cruise

If you've always dreamed of visiting the top Christmas markets in Europe, you don’t have to wait until 2018 if you do it the easy way—on a river …

#TravelTruth: Are Dolphin Swim Experiences Ethical?

Dolphin swim experiences are an emotional and controversial subject. I have personally always felt torn between a love for marine animals, which …

Barbados Makes Name for Itself with Americans

Like nearly every other Caribbean destination, Barbados has plenty of sun, sand, and sea.<p>But there’s also far more to the island nation than those …

National Geographic Teams with Scenic River Cruises

National Geographic, the legendary magazine that inspires countless travelers around the world, is teaming up with Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours to …

Your Flying Attire Could Score a Seat Upgrade

Pay attention to what you wear the next time you’re flying.<p>Why?<p>Because according to at least a few travel industry experts, how you dress can …

Idaho is Becoming a Mecca for Stargazers

With a newly named International Dark Sky Community and also a Dark Sky Park, Idaho is quickly becoming a popular destination for astronomy buffs and …

Latin America's Next 'It' Destination Will Surprise You

Guatemala has the food, fun and culture of Latin America without the crowds and rising prices.<p>From beaches to adventure to scenic beauty, this …

10 Secrets You Need to Know About Cruise Ship Scuba Diving

Cruise ship scuba diving is like an all-you-can-dive buffet. On some itineraries, you get to pick and choose from six or seven great dive …

Marriage: Surviving the Longest Group Trip of Your Life

Marriage is the ultimate travel commitment. It’s a one-way, non-refundable ticket for the journey of your life with another person. Together you will …

Cruise Truth: Why You Aren't on a Cruise Ship Right Now

…and what to do about it.<p><b>It’s too expensive</b><p><b>Cruise Truth:</b> It is far less expensive than you think. There are always sales and special deals. To see …

Cruise Ships

Travel Writer Peter Greenberg Thinks We Travel All Wrong

Peter Green Berg, the CBS News Travel editor is known for his fast-talking wit and his unabashed love of travel. Greenberg travels extensively, …