Introducing wandermelon Journeys: Trips Designed by Travel Writers

Experience the amazing insider itineraries and off-the-charts access enjoyed by pro travel writers (without the annoying deadlines of course). "You have the best job in the world." Oh if we only had a frequent flyer mile for every time the wandermelon team has heard that sentiment expressed to us. As professional travel writers and photographers, it's true we enjoy a pretty enviable … [Read more...]

MITIARO:Homestays in the Cook Islands

For adventurous travelers looking for traditional island culture, Mitiaro offers a unique local experience, as Pip Orr discovers. Mitiaro is one of the Cook Islands most ruggedly beautiful, yet relatively unknown and remote islands of the South Pacific, previously only accessible to those who ventured off the beaten track. But for travelers keen to experience traditional island culture in … [Read more...]

NEW ZEALAND: The Wonders of Wanaka

Kate Ayrton explores the rugged beauty of New Zealand’s spectacular Southern Alps and discovers an intimate luxury lodge that beckons intrepid travelers with its unique charms and adventurous spirit. Only an hour’s scenic drive north of Queenstown, or 20 minutes by helicopter (the favored mode of transport for locals), the low-key town of Wanaka is surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide For World Travelers

At wandermelon, we are always on the hunt for the latest and greatest destinations in the world, including useful, interesting and stylish travel products. Here are a few of our favorites that we would love to find under our tree… hint, hint! Happy Holidays to all our readers from all the team at wandermelon! We look forward to seeing you again in the New Year with more exciting travel tips and … [Read more...]

COOK ISLANDS: Crossing The Dateline to Rarotonga

British expat, Alan Curson, sheds his winter woollies and his watch to embrace the warmth and freedom of the South Pacific. Before I moved to Australia, all the Aussies I knew in London helpfully advised me that it never gets cold enough in Sydney, even in the middle of winter, to warrant more than a thin jacket or a lightweight jumper. They lied. Having discovered the truth about Sydney’s chilly … [Read more...]

Laucala Island: Fiji’s Idyllic Honeymoon Hideaway

Sally Vardy, a 16-year veteran of the travel industry and trusted honeymoon expert, is the founder of Honeymoon Hideaways. Sally has started and sold successful travel agencies in New York and Australia, but her real passion lies in the highly specialized honeymoon market, making lovebirds' dreams come true. On a recent reconnaissance trip to the South Pacific region, Sally checked out Fiji’s most … [Read more...]

Going Native On Vancouver Island

Just a few hours from the gleaming towers of Vancouver, dancers in ornate costumes portraying crows, bears and mythical beasts swirl to a hypnotic drumbeat in a vast longhouse. This isn't British Columbia's blissed-out version of Burning Man; it’s a performance given by Komoks tribal members on Vancouver Island, a dance done by native peoples here long before Europeans arrived and spoiled the … [Read more...]

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: A Volunteer Vacation in Nepal

Three friends travel Hand in Hand to help build homes for women living below the poverty line in Nepal. In March 2011, three friends and colleagues joined hands and headed to Nepal as volunteers for Habitat for Humanity’s Hand In Hand project to build ten houses in … [Read more...]

Family Adventures Gone Wild

Up the adventure quotient on your next family excursion by traveling in search of gray whales, Komodo dragons, whale sharks and stingrays. Taking a family trip can have its challenges, particularly trying to please all parties involved. Sometimes cruises work for those who can bare the food trough and mass humanity; amusement park-based trips involve too many long lines and more bad food; and … [Read more...]

New Zealand: Sailing The Marlborough Sounds

Kate Ayrton explores the South Island by sea. Located on the Northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, the Marlborough Sounds is a remote pristine maritime oasis unmarred by tourist development. In fact, it’s one of New Zealand's best kept secrets and where the locals go to vacation. This intricate labyrinth of waterways consists of four Sounds–the Queen Charlotte Sound, the Kenepuru Sound, … [Read more...]