Melissa Curtin

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.

Escape LA: Red Rock Canyon and Trona Pinnacles

Like an another planet: Trona Pinnacles, outside LA

More Escape LA, from Melissa Curtin: 48 hours in Ojai, California With gas prices so low, now is the time to take an LA road trip. If you find yourself needing an escape from the craziness of La-La Land, hop in your car, drive a few hours and spend the day hiking in Red Rock Canyon. […]

Escape LA: 48 hours in Ojai, California

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More Escape LA, from Melissa Curtin: Red Rock Canyon and Trona Pinnacles Just an hour away from the City of Angels lies an oasis so not like Los Angeles that, as an Angelino, it only makes sense to head there often for some peace, and to breathe the fresh air deep into your lungs. Ojai, just 12 […]

Formentera: Ibiza’s sleepy little sister

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This post is the second in Melissa Curtin’s recount of her Ibiza and Formentera adventure. Check out the first post here. Honestly, I’d never thought about going to Ibiza. It was never on my list of places to go. The whole club scene, for an older girl, didn’t seem appealing. I wasn’t going to fly […]

Ibiza, Spain: Playground for Adults

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This post is the first in Melissa Curtin’s recount of her Ibiza and Formentera adventure. Check out the second post here. 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 […]

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

The Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles/Hollywood

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 […]