Mission: To help my readers feel their best, explore the world, and connect with others who share these goals and values. And more importantly, to come home feeling stronger, healthier, less stressed, and more relaxed than when they left.
I also want to empower readers with the best, wisest, and most relevant information. After 20 years of reporting for national magazines, I’m happy to share my insights on health, nutrition, travel, green living, yoga/meditation, and fitness.
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As a respected travel journalist and sustainability expert, I write for BBC, National Geographic, AFAR, Sierra, CNN, Lonely Planet, Condé Nast Traveler, Parade, and a host of other national and international publications. I’m also a regular contributor to regional magazines including Marin Magazine, Diablo Magazine, Napa & Sonoma Magazine, and Via, the northern California and western US magazine of AAA.
Prior to launching my freelance writing business, I was a managing or executive editor at San Francisco, The Industry Standard, Parenting, Caring.com, BabyCenter.com, and Stringletter Press, publisher of Acoustic Guitar.
I have also produced content for Kaiser Permanente, Adobe Financial, Take Part, and other client websites.
Editors: I pitch as often as I can make time for it, but there aren’t enough hours in the day to meet deadlines and pitch every story I run across. So frequently I write up my ideas here, to keep them fresh. The stories here would make great print pieces, wouldn’t they? And in all cases, I have much more color and information than what fits in a quick post. Please feel free to reach out to me about writing for print on one of these or pretty much any other health or travel-related topic.
Photos: All photos that appear on this website are mine, unless indicated otherwise. I’ve been working on my photography skills, and can usually supply quality photos to illustrate my stories when needed.
LinkedIn: Melanie Haiken
Snail mail: 4 Marin Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
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