Gone Glamping in Ventura, CALIFORNIA

Ziplining, a resort-style pool and luxe cabins make KOA Ventura Ranch a stand-out property. As a young camper, I loved cooking macaroni and cheese under the shade of pine trees and roasting s’mores late into the evening with my family. But the quintessential childhood camping trip was never all fun and games. I adored being in the woods and eating out of enamel dishware, sure. But I didn’t … [Read more...]

The Unspoiled Islands of Loreto: Baja, MEXICO

Whether you’re looking for adventure on the high seas or chllin’ on the beach and doing nada, a visit to Loreto Islands provides a secluded getaway and a taste of authentic Mexico. Located about half-way down the eastern side of the Baja peninsula, Loreto is one of the last unspoiled destinations in Mexico and one of its’ oldest settlements. The natural beauty of the area is largely untouched by … [Read more...]

Cycle Into The Authentic Heart of SPAIN And PORTUGAL

wandermelon partners with Pure Adventures to bring you self-guided tours pairing great cycling with world-class gastronomy and natural wonders Our team of writers at wandermelon is always looking for ways to inspire and inform your travels. Traveling the globe, we search for the experiences we think will surprise and delight you and, hopefully, motivate you to make your own discoveries. One of … [Read more...]

Stargazing, Movie Making and Scorpion Hunting in ARIZONA’s Sonoran Desert

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain has added nine one-of-a-kind adventures to its popular recreation program, with a focus on authentic southwestern experiences. From late-evening hunts for fluorescent scorpions, to family movie-making and an intriguing Ridge and Ruin discovery tour, the new activities take spectacular advantage of the property’s 850-acre high Sonoran Desert setting and of … [Read more...]

Waves for Water: Cartagena, COLOMBIA

Kinga Philipps goes on a mission with Waves for Water to Cartagena and provides clean drinking water to communities in need. You can do the same, just by packing a few filters in your suitcase. There’s a surplus of humanitarian needs in the world we live in. Fortunately, humanity redeems itself with the efforts of people who offer their support, energy, funds and (most importantly) time to make … [Read more...]

Branch out in BELIZE

Kinga Philipps delves deep into the Belize jungle, exploring caves, visiting ancient Mayan ruins,  and sleeping amid the treetops at Parrot Nest Lodge. Charlie, said endearingly as if referencing an old friend, is the palm-sized wolf spider you might see occupying wall space in the cabins and bathrooms at the Parrot Nest Lodge. Let me clarify, Charlie is the common name for ALL the various wolf … [Read more...]

Keystone, COLORADO Makes Travel With a Teen a Peak Experience

A family ski trip to Colorado serves up a stellar experience even a teen can love. This was it – our first “mixed” vacation with my 16-year-old daughter and I traveling with my fiancé and his 24-year-old son. The stakes were high: A new family hitting the slopes together with the added wildcard of bringing along a teen with dietary restrictions. We rolled the dice and chose Keystone, … [Read more...]

Full Moon Adventures Around the Globe

The following properties celebrate the lunar cycle with unique Full Moon adventures. From moonlit dinners in Thailand, moon bathing in Turks and Caicos or moon light swimming in Dubai, the celestial glowing orb is a wonder to behold in any destination. Paresa Resort- Phuket, Thailand A hideaway-style luxury pool villa and suite resort perched on the cliffs of Kamala, amongst a lush … [Read more...]

Peace and Quiet at Big Bear Lake, CALIFORNIA

There is something to be said about going “off-season” to Big Bear Lake - the roads are open, the village square is quieter, and there’s little need for dinner reservations. The record-breaking heat in LA had taken its toll and it was time for a change of scenery. With just a couple of clicks and a few days later, our impromptu trip to the mountains began. After the winding climb up highway … [Read more...]

Yoga-friendly Hikes in LOS ANGELES

“Nobody walks in LA,” or so claims the new wave, 80s band Missing Persons. They were right; we hike. If you Google “Best hikes in LA” you’ll get copious results, from private and secluded, to the stargazing kind (and no, not stars in the sky -- this is LA, after all). But also ubiquitous to the City of Angels is the Yoga Enthusiast, many of whom like a little vinyasa flow before, during or after a … [Read more...]