After being raised in Connecticut and then spending a decade in Washington, DC, Melissa left the east coast 16 years ago for California living. She continues to cover and discover the Best of L.A. and the Golden State. At age 20 she traveled around the world on Semester at Sea and has been globetrotting ever since. As an educator for over 20 years, she still feels like the world is the best classroom. Find her articles online and print in numerous publications, such as Lonely Planet, AAA World, Zagat, Roadtrippers, JohnnyJet, and more. Check out her website LaLaScoop or follow her on Instagram.