About Me

Mission: To help my readers feel their best, explore the world, live life to its fullest potential, and connect with others who share these goals and values.  I also want to empower readers with the best, wisest, and most relevant information. After all, how many times have you looked back and wished you’d known more when planning a trip or dealing with a health issue? After 20 years of reporting on health, nutrition, travel, green living, yoga/meditation, and fitness, I know a lot; this website is my chance to share what I learn when I feel it can benefit others.

As an editor: Parenting (Senior Editor); The Industry Standard (Executive Editor); San Francisco (Managing Editor); BabyCenter.com (Executive Editor), Caring.com (Senior Editor)

As a writer: Health, Fitness, Real Simple, Yoga Journal, Spa, Self, Woman’s Day, Ladies Home Journal, Delta Sky, Wild Blue Yonder, Business 2.0, Fortune Small Business, Continental, BabyCenter.com, MSN Health, and more

As a web content producer: WebMD, Caring.com, BabyCenter.com, Consumer Health Interactive.

To see magazine stories and links to my published work, go here or visit my professional website: www.MelanieHaiken.com

Comp policy: I do take the occasional press trip. No way could I get to all these cool places and tell readers about them if I didn’t. (I’m not making that much from this blog yet.) I also accept health, beauty, nutrition and travel-related products to test. However, the bulk of my stories are reported on my own dime, or in concert with a magazine assignment that paid expenses.

No matter what, my opinions are strong and notoriously difficult to influence; the fact that I was hosted or paid a reduced rate is not going to make one iota of difference to my coverage. If I like it, I’m notoriously enthusiastic; you can be sure I’ll instantly tweet and post to my readers about it. If I didn’t, well, that depends. If it’s so awful I feel the need to warn folks, I will, but in general I prefer to keep things positive.

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: They’re all mine, unless indicated otherwise. I’ve been working on my photography skills, and can usually supply quality photos to illustrate my stories when needed.

Contact info:
Email: Melanie@MelanieHaiken.com
Phone: 415/269-8001
Twitter: @MelanieHaiken
Facebook: health.conscious.travel
LinkedIn: Melanie Haiken
Snail mail: 4 Marin Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

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I’m a Featured Blogger on Raveable.com:

I’ve served as the expert for NileGuide.com on Napa and Sonoma. You can read my guides and posts here:

I’m a featured blogger for Uptake.com’s Travel Gems.

My posts about relevant destinations are featured on the Oysters Local blog for Oyster.com.




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