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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

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. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

Tips For International Travel From Travel Bloggers

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Raymond Walsh, Canada’s Top Travel Bloggers runs an entertaining and educational site of world adventures called manonthelam.com. (Photo Credit: Raymond Walsh)

I have many Canadian friends who live in LA, so I was intrigued to see this new hot blogger list of the top Canadian travel bloggers. Since travel is one of my biggest passions and I have traveled with numerous Canadian writers/bloggers, I enjoyed checking out who these adventurous Canucks are who made the Top 100 Canadian Travel Blogs.

I had the lucky pleasure of traveling with three of the top Globe Trotters a couple years ago in Mexico – Raymond Walsh, the travel blogger of Man on the LamAyngelina Brogan, the travel blogger of Bacon is Magic, and Cailin O’Neil of Travel Yourself, which is a fascinating TV show that highlights how to make the most of your adventure, as well as her website The Taste of Travel, which highlights the food she experiences as she travels the world. They have all seriously been living the dream. I used their resources to plan my last trip to Costa Rica with some fascinating tips and finds that I would have never known about; they were definitely not on the typical tourist path.

Ayngelina Brogan of Bacon is Magic was recently named the “Foodista” in Cosmopolitan Paris’s round up of travel blogs that inspire. Ayngelina writes about her adventures around the world with a focus on food.

Raymond Walsh of Man on the Lam is a cubicle-escapee who writes about quirky getaways, offbeat attractions, and unique adventures. Articles from his site have been featured on CNN Travel, National Geographic, TIME.com, BBC.com, Bloomberg Businessweek, Mashable, and Yahoo News. His personal motto is, “Cover the earth before it covers you.” His Facebook page will enlighten you and help you learn about the world. I will never forget his saying – “Shake the Shackles and Escape through Travel.”

Man on the Lam Walsh said, “A comprehensive list like this is important for a number of reasons. It helps to promote Canadian bloggers both in Canada and abroad, and it’s an excellent source for both armchair and fledgling escapists looking to flee those mournfully long Canadian winters, or perhaps even those hot, muggy, mosquitoey summers. Either way, it’s a win for both bloggers and readers.”

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Ayngelina Brogan of the top travel blog called baconismagic.ca will dazzle you with food escapades around the world. (Photo credit: facebook.com/baconismagic)

Canadians can now easily access some of the best travel blogs written by their fellow citizens, who are leading the way in a fast growing online industry. On Monday, the Canadian online travel agency FlightNetwork.com released the Top 100 Canadian Travel Blogs list compiled through crowd sourcing on social media sites. Check out the list to help you plan your next escape here.

Travelers can now use the list to access recommended blog posts, link to the blogger’s social media pages and, most importantly, search for blogs that write about their upcoming destination. With a reputation for global backpacking, travel-blogging Canadians appear to have reached every corner of the earth.

“Considering Canada’s relatively small population, Canadians are greatly overrepresented in the travel blogging community. Something about us seems to drive us to explore,” said Matt Gibson, who is also a founding member of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association. “The list is also an opportunity for bloggers to network amongst themselves and others in the travel industry, such as public relations professionals and marketers. Conversely, the list will also be very useful for travel industry professionals who are looking for Canadian bloggers to work with. Until now, there has never been such a comprehensive resource for finding Canadian bloggers,” said Gibson.

Now get off your computer , get out of your comfort zone, and GO EXPLORE! The world is waiting to make you feel alive through travel.

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