About Melissa Curtin

Melissa Curtin's globetrotting and love of learning was fueled after traveling around the world on Semester at Sea in college. She has been a passionate elementary educator for over fifteen years. Melissa taught in England in 2004 thanks to a Fulbright scholarship. After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Melissa is the Co-Founder and writer of LaLaScoop (Never Leave LA), an online hub for discovering the beauty and vibrancy of life in Los Angeles through a plethora of reviews on LA's hottest trends, places, products, people and happenings from the coastline to the Hollywood Hills. After living in LA for seven years, she is officially a proud, happy, warm Angeleno. Some of her favorite destinations include Formentera Island off of Ibiza, Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Ibiza, Spain: Playground for Adults

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Ibiza was never on my list of places to go. A party island never sounded that appealing to me, but when a friend of mine called to invite me to join him and his Canadian British friends in their villa, and that he was leaving in ten days, it was hard to say no. And after spending […]

15 Highlights in Costa Rica, a Naturalist’s Delight

Río Celeste (Credit: Melissa Curtin)

Pura Vida! That’s the phrase you’ll hear most often in Costa Rica. It means “pure life” or “plenty of life.” It’s a greeting and a response to a greeting, but it also reflects the essence with which the Costa Ricans lead their life. Costa Rica was like an adventurous dream, a dream of the unexpected […]

Book Review: Off Track Planet’s Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy and Broke

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Need some travel inspiration? Off Track Planet’s Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy and Broke is like travel porn—with its colorful photographs tantalizing you on every page and with new tidbits from around the world, like “Where in the World is Jesus?” (where you can find the Jesus sculptures), art and design in major cities (i.e. […]

Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles/Hollywood – A Walk or Metro to All the Spots

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The updated Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles/Hollywood is right on Highland Avenue, just a block from Hollywood Blvd and within walking distance of all the tourist hot spots in Hollywood. It’s a short walk from the Hollywood Bowl. You can easily walk to the metro to get downtown right at the fancy outdoor shopping plaza at Hollywood […]

Scottevest – The Jacket for the Trip of Your Life

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If you know me, you know I get really excited about things that I love. If you ran into me this winter, you definitely heard me talking about my new Scottevest SeV Lola Jacket because it is like no other winter weather travel jacket I have owned before. I grew up in Connecticut and suffered […]

California Winter Fit Multisport with Backroads: Sugar Bowl, Sonoma, Sausalito, San Francisco

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This incredible adventure trip with Backroads began with a flight to rainy Reno, Nevada, on Easter and a short drive to Sugar Loaf Mountain in Tahoe. Not knowing what to expect, I met one nice family in our casino meeting spot and another single older lady, and before you know it, we picked up another […]

Top 10 Reasons to go on a Backroads Trip – Enhance Your Life With Active Travel

Our group walked over The Golden Gate Bridge and back to our hotel - Cavallo Point Lodge (Photo credit: Melissa Curtin)

Recently, I went on a weeklong journey with Backroads, the world’s #1 active travel company. Their California Winter Fit Multisport Trip took our small group from the snowy mountains of Tahoe (Sugar Bowl Ski Resort) to the wine country of Sonoma to the idyllic marina town of Sausalito ending our adventure in sensational San Francisco. […]

Top 10 Reasons to Stay at Hotel Monaco San Francisco

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1. Stylish, Hip, Gorgeous Decor The Hotel Monaco has been recently renovated thanks to the inspiration of the Founder Bill Kimpton. This luxurious boutique hotel is one of my favorite places to stay. The four star hotel has a whimsical and bold design which is evident throughout the building straight to your bedroom. The rooms have […]